The 1951/52 season was the 79th season of competitive football in Scotland and the 55th season of the Scottish Football League
The season began as the previous one finished – with Ayr United playing in a football festival. The unusually early start was due to a one–off tournament called The Festival of St Mungo Quaich for Division ‘B’ clubs only.
The league cup campaign was a disaster for United with wins home and away over Dumbarton the only high consolation.
The league campaign began in better style with three wins out of three at the start to boost the flagging spirits. Even a bad 5-1 away defeat by Falkirk in October didn’t dent confidence as United went on to win their next four league matches.
There were two good away wins at Arbroath and against Queens Park and by the end of November United were third in the league behind Clyde and Falkirk. The festive season was not so kind and United and Ayr eventually had to settle for third place.
Only the Ayrshire Cup was up for grabs by mid-April but a heavy 4-0 away defeat to Kilmarnock seemed to have scuppered that hope. However, Ayr made a brave attempt to redress the deficit at Somerset Park on 10th May, but the 3-0 win for the Honest Men wasn’t quite enough.