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National Cups

                                                           National Cup Success

Robert_BurnsAyr 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. 

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.  As a bonus they also achieved a Scottish Cup semi-final losing to Celtic one week before their League Cup Final appearance.Did_us_proud

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 (pictured here).

Scottish Cup

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

1972/73, 1999/00, 2001/02

Scottish League Cup

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

1969/70, 1980/81

tn_Dundee (h) 10 Oct 79 LC
tn_Dundee (a) 26 Sep 79 LC

League Cup Semi-Final 1980/81

tn_Rangers (n) 4 Apr 73 SC SF

1972/73 Scottish Cup Semi-Finall

tn_Celtic (n) 23rd Mar 02 SC SF

2001/02 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.

tn_Celtic (n) 8 Oct 69 LC SF tn_Celtic (n) 13 Oct 69 LC SF Rep

League Cup Semi-Final  1969/70

League Cup Semi-Final  2001/02

First National Cup Final

Ayr United finally ended their National Cup hoodoo and achieved Hampden appearance in March 2002

Rangers (n) SLC Final 17th Mar 02
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