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Club History... 



"Where It All Began"

Ayre United AFC was originally formed on the 10th April 1967 following an inaugural meeting in the growing village of Andreas due to the demand for a Local Football club to be created. During the meeting it was decided to apply for membership of the Isle of Man Football League division 2 for the forthcoming​ 1967 - 68 Season.

To bring the dream of football at Andreas to the point of reality the club realised there was a great deal of work to be done before the first ball could ever be kicked by someone wearing what is now our accepted team colours of Tangerine and Black. So to help fulfill the dream the newly formed Club members got together with their wives to plan and create the foundations of the club that we all take for granted today, with the drive and enthusiam that has been the mainstay and heart of this proud club.

The Club's first ever President was Edward Kerruish and it was through his initial generosity that the club wasable to purchase its very first set of goal posts. Among the original members of the Club were Percy Collister, Fred Corlett, Ron Liversey, John Bolton and Bert Kelly.

Sadly for the club the likes of Edward Kerruish, Fred Corlett and Percy Collister are no longer with us but the names remain. Edward Kerruish is honoured with a plague in the Clubhouse, Percy Collister has a Northern trophy named after him that is contested yearly by Ayre, Ramsey, Laxey and Jurby, while Fred Corlett has this year had a Trophy awarded in his honour at the club dinner for the Club player of the year.

As with everything though a team cannot play without the provision of a pitch and it is at this point in the proceedings that the Andreas Parish Commissioners came to the help of the club by providing the field to put the pitch on, and it should be noted that they have supported the Club ever since. While the clubs first ever strip was kindly donated by Woverhampton Wanderers who following a request by the club sent over a full training kit to be used in matches.

A new Club though also needs facilities in the shape of a club house and this problem was solved with the introduction of Ayre's first clubhouse which came in the shape of an old RAF hut from the base at Jurby. The hut was slowly transported in 50 sections to Andreas and placed on a concrete base before being re-erected to form the new changing facilities and social room of the club. Something that in total took 16 months from start to finish. It was also said that "Many wives joined the Ladies Committee because it was the only way they could get to see their husbands during the time".

Ayre's first league fixture came at the start of the 1967 - 68 season and saw the mighty tangerines travel down to Colby. The result on the day though went against us as we lost a well fought match by 4 -2 but Bobby Kennaugh placed himself in Ayre folklore by scoring our first eve league goal. Ayre finished on only four points that initial season but times were about to change for the club and in dramatic fashion.

 Within two full seasons of the Club being formed the Club was   celebrating its first piece of Silverware as the Woods Cup returned to Andeas for the first time, along with the Fred Faragher Cup, and it was back to Andreas again the following season as Ayre began to get a taste for the good life. The club also became the first on the island to install floodlights at the ground to assist with training through the winter months, an idea that has been adopted by several clubs over the years.

The Club itself holds the recored of most successes in the Wods Cup with a total of Seven Victories with the last success being in 2001 the year in which we rightfully regained our position in the First Division after being relegated the year before.

The clubs first forray into Division 1 though came back in the 1977-78 season after Ayre had won the Division 2 title for the first time and since then we have won the Division 2 title on three other occasions. After promotion in 1986-87 the club settled well into the top flight and after attracting a few players achieved their best ever league standing in the 1988-89 season when they finished a creitable second in the first Division.

Over the last ten years the club has been relegated once during the 1999-2000 season but won promotion  twice, as runners up to the Police in 1995-96, when we pulled of the Paul Henry and Woods Cup double and the Combination side won the League for the first and so far only time, and also in the 2001-02 season when we went up as Champions.

The True highlight though for all associated with Ayre came during the 2002-2003 season as Ayre lifted the Manx FA Cup at the Bowl for the very first time at the Bowl in front of hundreds of fanatical barmy army supporters. Prior to the game Ayre had been written of by everyone but teamspirit and the self belief installed in the players in the locked changing rooms before kick-off paid off.


 
Ayre United AFC are a football club based in the village of Andreas on the Isle of man and currently compete in JCK Limited Division Two. The Club was founded in 1967 and play traditional in tangerine and black strip. 

​Ayre united AFC have recently added the Paul Henry Gold Cup by beating Colby 4-2 to the already won GH Corlett Woods 
Cup as the 2012/13 season came to a close. 

 

 
The Andreas Playing Fields
Andreas Village
Kirk Andreas
Isle of Man
IM7 4HJ 
01624 882016