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Ayr United at War
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Ayr United at War (Paperback)

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The centenary, in 2014, of the outbreak of the Great War was the prompt to complete this study of the social and playing impact on Ayr United - and the clubs in the family tree - of the Boer War, the Great War, the Second World War and Afghanistan. The stories of the Ayr FC club doctor stationed at a concentration camp in the Boer War and the old player who carried out a civilian commando raid in the same conflict are mixed with the humour in the account of the Provost of Ayr being the only person in the town who knew that the Boer War was over, but not bothering to tell anyone. The Great War brought local chaos with shortages and strikes in the town, and players killed or wounded in action. The film 'Escape To Victory' could have roots in a barely documented chapter of history from the Great War, featuring a key character destined to manage Ayr United. And why did Ayr Town Council urge the people not to celebrate VE Day? The tales of the soldier who preferred Afghanistan to Kilmarnock, and the arrival of a most illustrious visitor in that same theatre of war, bring the story up to date.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historySport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationFootball or Soccer incl Association football Publisher: Zeticula Ltd Publication Date: 29/03/2014 ISBN-13: 9781905021123  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Duncan Carmichael is the author of seven previous Ayr United-themed books, and the club's delegate on the Scottish Football Heritage Network. The official club historian, he has a 44-year association with the match programme and is currently its editor. In his role as a football historian Duncan has provided information for many football-themed books, biographies and club histories, as well as help for people researching their family history. But, above all, his favoured role at Somerset Park is that of lending support from the Somerset Road end.

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