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Ayr United Football Club
Somerset Park
Ayr
KA8 9NB | map
Ayrshire and Arran
Tel: +44 (0) 1292 263435

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Ayr United F.C. was formed in 1910 as a merger of two Ayr teams; Ayr F.C. and Ayr Parkhouse F.C. Ayr F.C. were founded in 1879, themselves as a merging of two clubs, Ayr Thistle and Ayr Academicals. Ayr Thistle had reached the semi final of the Scottish Cup in 1876, only to lose 9-0 to Vale. The second team involved in the merger was Ayr Parkhouse F.C., which was formed in 1886. Prior to the successful merger there had been other attempts to join the clubs but the fierce rivalry between them had always prevented progress toward unification. The team plays at Somerset Park in Ayr, which is one of the few remaining old style football stadiums and has a capacity of over 12,000. Ayr has never won a Scottish League title or one of the major cups but did come close when they reached the final of the Scottish League Cup in 2001-02, losing to Rangers. They reached the semi final of the Scottish Cup in the same season, losing this time to Celtic. This must go down as the club's most successful season as they also finished third in the Scottish League Division One that year.


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