1910/11 - The Story Begins
Feature by Honestman
Updated Thursday, 11th January 2007
First Season for United
United's first defeat was at the hands of East Stirling on 24th September 1910 at Merchiston Park. The newly formed club were finding inconsistency their biggest opposition and so a strange inducement - an early form of sponsorship - was introduced and became available to Ayr players from their home game on 22nd October 1910. This involved Stewart's, an Ayr tailoring firm, promising an overcoat during the autumn from 1910 to 1913 to every player scoring two goals in a home league match. Hugh Ramsay became the first on this day by scoring the required two goals in Ayr's 3-0 win over Cowdenbeath. Luck didnt change completely as he Somerset Parkers went on to a home defeat to Albion Rovers and away to Dumbarton. The Dumbarton 'Sons' were to be the biggest hurdle to the league championship and inflicted a 3-2 defeat during the match on 5th November. A 5-1 defeat away to Cowdenbeath saw further ground lost.
December proved to be better with superb wins over St Bernards, Vale of Leven and East Stirling and by Christmas 1910 United were level with Albion Rovers with 15 points.
Ayr's good run continued after the new year and, after defeating Girvan 7-1 in the Consolation cup went on to the semi-final but they lost 1-0 to St Johnstone. United had signed two new players for this semi - McCann from Celtic and Faughan of Third Lanark.
The league championship promise was still on the cards with victories over Albion Rovers and Dumbarton. B y the time that Dumbarton visited Ayr on 1st April 1911 Ayr had signed Alex Hill Goodwin from Ayr Fort Juniors and brother of Ayr favourite Jacky who had now moved to Rangers. Alex scored in the 6th and 37th minute in a memorable 5-1 win over the 'Sons'. A 4-1 win at Arthurlie wasn't enough to pip Dumbarton for the championship, but a 2nd place was a good start for the Super 'U's. Further disappointment was suffered when United 3-2 to Hurlfoed and with this defeat, lost the Ayrshire Challenge Cup.
However, Ayr were successful in this first year beating Kilmarnock 1-0 to take the Ayrshire league. It should be remembered however that this competition was entered by only Ayr United, Kilmarnock and Darvel, but a win over Killie is never to be sneased at. This was the start of that deadly local rivalry.