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Toytown trauma! 29/9/97
Second win arrives! 27/9/97
Reserve report - Albion Rovers 27/9/97
"Ayr also fielded Richard Watson, the Australian defender and he was also impressive, if a little raw at the edges. He's tall, good in the air and quick on the ground. By contrast, we had Marco Xenakos, the Dutch defender. He is a giant of a man, dwarfing even the 6'3" frame of Ally but unfortunately his footballing ability is in indirect proportion to his size. He was warned inside 30 seconds, booked for his 3rd foul after 90 seconds and then pulled a calf muscle after 14 minutes and limped off. It may seem harsh to judge him on that length of time, but, he just doesn't have it.
"Ayr scored first when Nolan converted a penalty after Sylla was fouled. Rovers equalised when McKeown dropped a corner (again) and it was poked over the line. Ayr went back in front after the break when Graham converted a Stevie Bonar cross with a back-post header. Again Rovers equalised when Watters cracked home a 25 yarder but then Ally really turned on the style with a close range header from a Sylla cross, a shot from an English cross and a superb diving header from another English cross. Sadly, the big man exposed his old frailties when he missed a sitter with a couple of minutes remaining. He was still however, cheered off the park by the 107 fans present.
"Colin McDonald limped off in the first half to add to Ayr's injury woes.
"Daz is being linked with a 3 player swoop before the weekend although one
of his targets appears to be out of his reach already: Neil Moore was linked
with Ayr last season and that interest was revived
recently but he has joined Burnley. Colin McKee, ex-vermin, who is now a
free agent, is reputed to be a target and A.N.Other who plays in the
Scottish First Division. More news when we have it..."
Trailists' Corner 27/9/97
Richard Watson ...
... Marco Xenakis ...
... and Luc Sonor
Born 5/9/62 and 1.81m tall (6 feet) he played under Arsene Wenger at Monaco.
One of his international caps was against Scotland on 29/4/89 when the
fondly remembered Maurice Johnston scored both goals in a 2-0 win for
"Sonor is returning to Ayr on Sunday with his wife. The problem over his
registration is because he is registered with a club called CE Sandalay
(or something like that) which is based on the French protectorate island
of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. They are not a professional club and it
seems they are difficult to get in touch with, hence the delays. Willie
Mainge (pronounced Mon-jay) is VERY impressed that he is at the club.
Willie has recently bought a car and was giving Sonor a lift and was
relating to someone at the club that 'I see him on television, now he is
in my car, unbelievable !' Ah well, someone's happy..."
Ayr fall short 14/9/97
High on the Hogg 11/9/97
Zac injury woes continue 11/9/97
Reserves News 11/9/97
"A couple of points:
"My fellow roving reporter and I were left speechless (well nearly) by the
performance of the officials. Both us were wishing that Alistair could have
been at the game to explain the decisions we couldn't fathom. The sending-off
was just one of many..."
|Good news/Bad news 11/9/97
Good news: We've won an award!
Bad news: It's from some Dunfermline supporters!
|Horace - it gets worse 4/9/97
"Alain Horace requires an operation on the cruciate ligament injury sustained in pre-season training. This will put him out of the game for 6-9 months and we therefore might never see him in an Ayr jersey again. He is under contract with the club until the end of the season, what happens after that is up to the player and the club.
"Robert Bell requires an operation to 'tidy up' his knee. He will be out for around 4 weeks."
|The trial of Hercules 4/9/97
"Ayr are bringing another French trialist over, this guy is a midfielder who goes by the name of Hercules and seems to live up to his tag by being built like a brick outhouse."
|Reserves kick off 4/9/97
"The reserves kicked off their campaign with a 1-1 draw away at St Mirren. Colin McDonald scored Ayr's goal. The team was:
Smith, Carruth, O'Connor, Stewart, Watson, Mainge, Nolan, Hanlon, McDonald,
Sylla and English. Subs Hogg, SBonar, Newall.
"They are at home to Stranraer next Monday."
|Raeside, McGraw in? 4/9/97
"A report in todays Sun claims that Ayr are about to put a bid of 40K in for Dundee's out of favour centre half Robbie Raeside. Don't know much about the player other than he was formerly Dalziel's teammate at Raith Rovers (no surprise there); it seems that he was freed by the Kirkaldy club last summer. So the question has to be asked do we really want to pay what is a big fee for a club like Ayr for a player who can't get a game for Dundee and was a free transfer from Raith last season?
"Also Falkirk have freed striker Mark McGraw who Daz failed to sign last season when he bid in the region of 25K for the player. Now I don't really rate McGraw that highly but we could probably pay his wages for a season with what we are paying the latest forgeiner that we have passing through for his 6 week deal."
|At last 3/9/97
Ayr tore up the form book on Saturday, recording an unexpected 2-0 win over Hamilton at Cliftonhill. A match report is available.
|Another trialist signs up 3/9/97
"Mohammed Syla, a Guinean International, is with us for a month to ease our injury crisis. Syla played six seasons with Willem II (Netherlands) and last season with Martigues in French Division 1. It appears that Sylla is the captain of the Guinea international side and has won 59 caps so far.
"It's expected that he will move on to a bigger club, with Manchester City and Hibernian quoted as being interested."
News from June/July 1997
News from August 1997.