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National Cups

National Cup Success

Ayr United have never faired so well in national cup competitions, having been the nearly men so many time through history.  A run of cup semi-final defeats in both the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup can be found in their past results.  Did_us_proud

For Ayr United, however, the world turned in February 2002 when, as a 1st division team,  they beat Premier league Hibernian 1-0 at Hampden Park in the semi-final of the CIS insurance Cup to earn themselves the right to play Rangers in the Scottish League Cup Final on 17th March 2002.  United also managed a Scottish Cup semi-final place that season.

Cup Final fever was everywhere to be found in the Ayrshire town and even Rabbie Burns seemed to be celebarting as his statue  in Burns’ Statue Square, Ayr sported an Ayr United scarf in the days leading to the League Cup final in 2002 (picture left).

Cup Final day ended in a 4-0 win for the Glasgow team, a score that was always the likely outcome, but the day belonged to United and the 12,000 supporters who followed them to the match.

The players were given a superb send off at full time by the Somerset Park faithful (picture above).

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2001/02 Scottish Cup Semi-Final

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League Cup Semi-Final  1969/70

Scottish Cup

Ayr United have achieved the Scottish Cup Semi-Final places on three occasions;

1972/73, 1999/00, 2001/02

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1972/73 Scottish Cup Semi-Final

Record Scottish Cup Win

Ayr United’s record win in the Scottish Cup was a first round tie on 10th January 1931 when they beat Clackmannan 11-2 at Somerset Park..

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1999/00 Scottish Cup Semi-Final

Scottish League Cup

Apart from their Cup Final appearance in season 2001/02 Ayr United also achieved the League Semi-Final place in;

1969/70, 1980/81

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2002 League Cup Final

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League Cup Semi-Final 1980/81

Lower Divisions Cup

A Lower Divisions Cup (originally called the Centenary Cup) was inaugurated in 1990 promised so much for Ayr with twotn_Hamilton Acad (n) 8 Dec 91 BQ Final tn_Dundee (n) 11 Nov 90 CC Finalsuccessive cup final appearances in 1990 and 1991, but alas no silverware came to Somerset Park on either occasion.

In season 1990/91 United reached the final of the inaugeral lower divisions cup (The B&Q Cup).  The match was held at Fir Park, Motherwell where Ayr lost to Dundee in extra time.

The following season Ayr again reached this same final, (now called the League Challenge Cup), but were beaten by Hamilton at the same venue.

Scottish 2nd Eleven Cup Victory

Ayr United can always claim to have won the Scottish Cup.  In season 1939/40 clubs played their first teams in the Scottish 2nd eleven cup.  Ayr beat Kilmarnock, and Celtic in the competition before lining up againt Aberdeen in a 2 leg final. 

United drew 1-1 in the first match winning 2-1 at Somerset park on 1st June 1940 and thereby winning the trophy.