Annbank United Junior Football Club hail from the small former mining village of Annbank in South Ayrshire. They play at New Pebble Park, which was opened on 13th August 1949. Annbank play in the West League 2 of the Scottish Junior Football Association, West Region and are know as "The Bankies" or the "White Brigade".
In 1895 Annbank F.C.(Senior side) become the first team to win the Scottish Qualifying Cup having previously in 1891/92 and 1892/93 won the Ayrshire League. In 1939, Annbank United J.F.C were formed. Annbank United won their first major trophy in 1940/41 winning the Ayrshire Cup. Their biggest achievement to date was reaching the Scottish Junior Cup final in 1952-53 being beaten 1-0 by Vale of Leven at Hampden Park, the full run of results can be seen below. Since then Annbank have picked up a number of trophies in the junior game but both the West of Scotland Cup and Junior Cup are still missing from their honours list. The last trophy the team won was the South Ayrshire Cup in 1997-98.
Scottish Junior Cup runners-up: 1952-53
Ayrshire Second Division winners: 1989-90
Western League (Southern) winners: 1948-49
Ayrshire (Ayrshire Weekly Press) Cup winners: 1940-41, 1943-44, 1945-46
Ayrshire League (Rockware Glass) Cup winners: 1987-88
Kyle & Carrick Cup winners: 1984-85, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1990-91, 1992-93
South Ayrshire Cup winners: 1997-98
Ayrshire Super Cup winners: 1987-88
Western League Cup winners: 1942-43, 1943-44
Ayrshire Consolation Cup winners: 1951-52, 1955-56
Irvine & District Cup winners: 1943-44
Moore Trophy: 1954-55
Vernon Cup winners: 1951-52, 1955-56
During the 1951-52 season, 11,007 people decended upon New Pebble Park for a Junior Cup match against Kilbirnie Ladeside, to this day this is still the club's record home attendance.
The club's record win was scored in 1941/42 beating Troon ASCL in the Irvine & District Cup semi final 12-1. The record was equalied in the 2011/12 season when Annbank beat Craigmark 12-1 in a Ardagh Glass Cup - Section 3 match. The club's record defeat is 13-0 against Kilwinning in the 1998/99 Ayrshire Regional Junior League.
Run to the 1952/53 cup final
First Round - Annbank 2-1 Dalry
Second Round - Ardeer Recreation 3-5 Annbank
Third Round - Annbank 6-3 Bridgeton Waverley
Fourth Round - Annbank 1-1 Loanhead Mayflower; Replay - Loanhead 2-2 Annbank; 2nd Replay - Annbank 3-1 Loanhead
Fifth Round - Sunnybank 2-2 Annbank; Replay - Annbank 3-0 Sunnybank
Quarter Final - Annbank 2-2 Crossgates; Replay - Crossgates 2-2 Annbank; 2nd Replay - Annbank 3-0 Crossgates
Semi Final - Annbank 2-2 Arniston; Replay - Annbank 4-2 Arniston
Final - Annbank 0-1 Vale of Leven
Notable former players
Archie Glen - Aberdeen
Kenny Wilson - Ayr Utd
Billy Price - Airdrie & Celtic
Billy Brown - Ayr Utd
Peter Balfour - Partick Thistle
Niall Tyson - Ayr Utd
Jim Durnie - Rangers
Jim Kirk - St Mirren & Bury
Gordon Henry - Aberdeen
John Kiers - Charlton
Tommy Brown - Airdrie
Jock Aitken - Airdire
Matt Aitken - Kilmarnock
Jack McGilvray - St Mirren
Tommy Logan - Ayr Utd
Home Kit - White & black stripped shirt with Black Shorts and Black Socks
Away Kit - Red or black Shirt with Red or black Shorts and Red or black socks
*some of the above information is taken from Hampden Heartbreak by John B.Vass.
New Pebble Park
Address :- New Pebble Park, Weston Avenue, Annbank, KA6 5EE
BUS: Click here to view a copy of the 43A bus timetable, Operated by Stagecoach West of Scotland, which goes between Ayr and Annbank. Look for the memorial on the right hand side and get off here. Cross the road and the ground is behind the memorial.
TRAIN: The nearest train station is in Ayr, from here you need to get the 43A bus as described above.
CAR: Enter the above postcode into your Sat Nav, as you come down Weston Avenue look for the memorial on the right, the entrance to the ground is behind the memorial.
From Whitletts roundabout follow B743(Mauchline, Mossblown, Auchincruive), follow the road when you enter Mossblown turn right at the crossroads past the fourways pub(B742). Follow this road round and take a right turn up the hill into Annbank. Drive straight down through Annbank until you see the memorial on the right hand side of the square, the ground is through the opening just behind the memorial.
Admission - League
£5 adults, £2.50 juveniles/OAP's
New Pebble Park has a food stall which sell's the usual items, also we run a raffle everyweek.