Up in the Ayr

Up in the Ayr - Ayr United v Albion Rovers. Somerset Park. 2013
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Ayr United versus Albion Rovers. Somerset Park, 2013. Archival Giclée print with a pearl finish, unframed.

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Ayr United versus Albion Rovers. Somerset Park, 2013.

Seagulls hover above Somerset Park as a football flies high into the sky. Ayr is a town situated on the southwest coast of Scotland.

“I’m interested in the relationship the stadium has with the local environment and have taken a few of these shots which try and show our place in the community.” Iain McLean

Originally from East Kilbride, south of Glasgow, freelance photographer Iain McLean describes himself as “instinctively a Celtic fan”. But disillusioned with the big business feel of such a major club, McLean turned his attention towards Albion Rovers in the year 2000 and has followed them ever since.

Inspired by their role in the community, McLean has become a regular visitor to the Lanarkshire club’s Cliftonhill Stadium home, documenting their fortunes for over 20 years.

He has been with them and their fans on Cup runs that took in Rangers and Celtic, as well as focusing on the hard times of deserted stadiums and strictly enforced restrictions in the aftermath of Covid.

Lower Block is privileged to offer a a selection of Iain’s photographs as quality prints.

Photographs come as Archival Giclée prints with a pearl finish as standard, guaranteeing quality reproduction, at a range of sizes.

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