10 things you didn't know about Ayr United - honest!

AYR United provide Wanderers ' first pre-season opponent of 2012-13.

Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about the Honest Men.

1. The club was formed in 1910 after an amalgamation between Ayr FC and Ayr Parkhead.

2. Ayr was the first managerial post for the mercurial Ally MacLeod, who went on to take charge of Scotland at the 1978 World Cup. He returned to the club in 1986 for a three-year spell.

3. Ayr's highest-ever league finish came in 1915, when they finished fourth behind Celtic, Rangers and Morton in the top division.

4. Former Scotland international Neil McBain played for the club between 1914 and 1921. He would go on to represent Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United in a sprawling career, and remains the oldest player to play a match in the Football League after turning out for New Brighton aged 51 and 120 days.

5. Jimmy Smith is another record breaker. His amazing 66 goals in just 38 league matches in 1927/8 is still a British record, eclipsing even Everton legend Dixie Dean who had hit 60 goals in the same year South of the Border.

6. Sam McMillian caused a stir in the late fifties after sitting on the ball during a match against Rangers at Ibrox. Ayr won the game 3-0.

7. When the Scottish Premier League was set up in 1975, Ayr were the only one of the 10 teams who were still part-time. They were relegated in 1978 and have never returned to the top flight.

8. Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol and ex-Aston Villa striker turned pundit Alan McInally are among the players who started their career at Ayr. Sir Alex Ferguson also played for the club between 1973-4.

9. The club's nickname, The Honest Men, is taken from a line in the poem Tam O'Shanter by Robbie Burns. It reads: “Auld Ayr, wham ne'er a town surpasses, for honest men and bonnie lasses.”

10. The lowest home crowd at Somerset Park was just 106 in a game against Girvan in the Ayrshire Cup.

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