Ayr United have issued a statement thanking fans for their generosity in the wake of the football shutdown.

The Honest Men, like every other SPFL side, face an uncertain financial football after action was put on hold due to the Covid-19 outbreak. A return date of April 30 stands for now but it is becoming apparent that it may be the summer before football returns.

Ayr United don't know when they'll return.

Ayr United don’t know when they’ll return. (Photo by Robbie Boyd)

It means clubs who rely on gate money face a substantial loss of revenue due to a lack of matchday income. Ayr United fans have made sure they are helping their club in anyway possible.

They have made contributions to the supporters’ AU500 Fund, bought next season’s kit and purchased tickets to the now cancelled Player of the Year event in order to keep their club going.

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Ayr have hailed the Somerset supporters in the wake of this: “So far 161 of you have bought a ticket for this, some of you more than one. Words won’t explain how much we appreciate the help from every single one of you.

A helping hand. (Photo by Robbie Boyd)

“We released our new kit on Wednesday and asked our supporters to pre order as another way of getting much needed funds into the club.  Over 50 of you have done so and again it is difficult to explain how much we appreciate you doing so. The strips will be sent out as soon as the restrictions are lifted and we are able to do so.

“The AU500 team have been doing a great job getting one off donations and also new monthly members.  Since the threat of Covid-19 arrived donations have amounted to £1660 and to go along with that 17 new supporters have joined and will pay into the fund on a monthly basis.

“Thank you to everyone who has backed us through these incredibly difficult times. It is incredibly tough having no income however during this outbreak many others are much worse off.”

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