Blackburn Rovers

Last updated : 12 January 2007 By Honestman
1966 Programme
Ayr United's connection with Blackburn Rovers stems back to the days of Ally McLeod who took over as manager of Ayr on 5th May 1966, having previously had a playing career with Blackburn Rovers.

On 6th August 1966 Ayr United lined up against with a team of Millar, Malone, McAnespie, Oliphant, Monan, Thomson, Grant, McMillan, Moore, Ingram and Hawkshaw on a gala day that saw Ayr proudly unfurl the Scottish Second Division Championship flag.

English Second Division side Blackburn rolled out such illustrious names as Keith Newton, Ron Clayton and Brian Douglas. Eddie Moore put Ayr ahead in the 6th minute but Blackburn recovered to take a 3-1 lead by half time, a score that remained until the end. A matchday programme was produced.
McLeod Testimonial

Blackburn Rovers were again visitors to Ayr on 1st August 1970 with Dick Malone and Alex McAnespie the only survivors of the first game. In a season that saw Blackburn relegated from the English Second the score on the day was more respectable for Ayr, managing a 1-1 draw. No programme appears to have been printed.

Normal service was resumed on 28th July 1993 when high flying Rovers arrived at Somerset Park for Ally McLeod's testimonial when a 1-0 win for the visitors was recorded in a season that saw them finish runners up in their championship race. A commemorative programme was produced.

On a collectors note the matchday programme for the 1993 match is quickly becoming a collectors item.