By Liam Menzies
Ayr United managed to raise more than £10,000 last Saturday after slashing ticket prices down to £5 to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The team’s game against Dunfermline was the first home match the Honest Men had played since the death of former chairman Donald Cameron (below) who suffered from Alzheimer’s.
Graeme Miller, Ayr United commercial manager, applauded the support of the home fans and was pleased with the turnout. He said: “We pretty much doubled the home support from what we had in our last league game with about 2,300 home fans in attendance.” Acknowledging the lower price of the tickets, Mr Miller was hopeful that the club would see a surge in support and keep the numbers as high as they were this Saturday.
Clap banners, donated by Donald Grant, a friend of the family who also lost his wife to the disease, definitely made a difference according to the commercial manager. He added: “Right from the start there was a good noise around the ground. It was clear there were lots of younger ones there who were enjoying it and it brought a bit of a colour and excitement to the match.”
Boss Ian McCall was frustrated that the team couldn’t return the favour as the game ended in a goalless draw. The manager was upbeat, however, adding: “It was a really good 0-0. The big man in the sky couldn’t get us a goal although Gary Harkins had a bit of magic at the end that might have produced something.
“I’m disappointed we couldn’t win but it’s a clean sheet and Conrad Balatoni was again magnificent so we’ll take the point. It was a great gesture by the Cameron family to reduce the prices but just a pity we couldn’t get the win for them.”
Gerry McCoy who is the Deputy Regional Manager of Alzheimer’s Scotland in Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, had commended the kind gesture from the club, stating that “Ayr United are always very proactive in their community schemes and they are very committed to the part they play so to see them raising awareness for a disease that affects so many is such a positive for us and helps raise our profile greatly.”