by Marc Roseblade

Well, nice sentiment but not exactly the truth in the truest form.
Ayr United Football Academy did win the Scottish Cup, sadly though, only for a day.

The SFA recently ran a contest to win the Scottish Cup for a day. One of the Academy volunteers (me) entered and duly won it, the rest of course is history as the Cup winged its way down the M77 for a photo shoot with the AUFA players on Thursday night at Belmont Academy.

Most players from the Academy got themselves involved in getting up close and personal with the cup, after all its not every day you get yourself next to the oldest footballing trophy on the planet, and with much excitement surrounding the romance of this famous old trophy, everyone wanted to touch it and look for winning teams etched on its silvery stature.

The girls 11′s and 13′s sides were involved first and the players must have felt like it was a red carpet event as hoards of photo hungry parents filled the room to get shots of their daughters with the trophy. In some aspects, the parents appeared more overawed by the cup than the players did, maybe its an age thing but it did hold peoples attention for quite a while.

The 14′s also turned up for their shoot, kitted out in their AUFA refinery for a mock ‘We are the Champions of Scotland’ shot, hopefully with this memory, they can forge on and one day become the real champs of Scotland, holding the cup aloft at a packed Hampden park in front of 53,000 adoring fans.

The 15′s, fresh from training, also took the opportunity to sit aside the cup and the moment wasn’t lost on them as the silvery glow from the shiny trophy disappeared amongst a group of boys swarming round it like bees round honey all trying to find who won the cup the year they were born.

The 16′s who had a match that night also took part, posing like professionals in the aftermath of a glorious Scottish Cup victory, fixing their hair before the cameras started clicking away to capture a superb moment on celluloid that will forever live in their memories.

It was a night not to forget and with the images now stored in the photobanks of many computers worldwide, the night will always be remembered as the day that Ayr United players won and lifted the Scottish Cup.

aufa-photobox2-e1288042496527.jpgOfficial AUFA products are available on their photobox site with prints, fridge magnets, posters, t shirts, mousemats and many more items with photos from the night costing from only 50p.

Thanks go out to the SFA for allowing us this opportunity. Thanks also to (in no particular order) Ayr Advertiser, Ayrshire Post and Graeme Pollock Photography.