May 11 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
RYAN STEVENSON will join the black and white hordes who are willing Ayr to stay in the FirstDivision.
And the fans’ favourite, who famously scored the play-off winner at Airdrie three years ago, insisted: “We can do it again.”
Despite breaking into the Scotland squad and making his mark at Ipswich, Stevo says scoring the goal that took United up is one of the highlights of his career.
Ryan, 27, said: “Nothing beats scoring the winner for your home town team to clinch promotion.
“I have always had a special relationship with Ayr and have supported them since I was a boy.
“That goal willalways mean so much to me.
“I missed the first leg through suspension then came back to score the winner.
“The whole occasion and the celebrations afterwards were amazing. The significance of the goal means I will never forget it.
“ I’m now back home and will be at both games against Airdrie to roar on the lads.
“I still get twinges when I see Ayr and wish I could play.”
Stevo has no doubts United are good enough to see off their Second Division rivals.
The midfielder, who joined Ipswich from Hearts, believes Ayr’s season should beremembered as a great one because of their cup runs.
He said: “Brian Reid and the players have done a magnificent job beating three SPL teams this season. Brian has led Ayr through the play-offs twice before and can use that experience to win them again.”
Stevo scored his first Ipswich goal on the last day of the season against Doncaster.
He said: “After I signed in January, we went on a great run and in the end were unlucky not to make the play-offs. We’ll have a real go next season.”
Stevo is now back home in Troon with wife Hannah and nine week old son Carter.
He said: “Ayr are my team. Goalie Kevin Cuthbert was the best man at my wedding so I have a great affinity with the club.”