The first formal football match in Ardrossan was played by Ardrossan Castle Football Club on 17 September 1870.


ARDROSSAN’S FIRST FOOTBALL MATCH
It will be seen from our advertising columns that the Ardrossan Castle Football Club intend playing their opening game at football today and, as this game is rather exciting and amusing both for players and spectators, not to speak of the novelty of the game in this district, we have no doubt that many who have never seen football plaed properly will avail themselves of this opportunity.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 September 1870

ARDROSSAN CASTLE FOOTBALL CLUB
Members of the Ardrossan Castle Football Club are requested to meet on the Practice Ground at the head of Glasgow Street today at 3pm, precisely, to take part in the Opening Game of this club.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 September 1870