Four Ardrossan football clubs were named in documents in 1879. These were Ardrossan Ensign, Ardrossan Seafield, Ardrossan Clydesdale and Ardrossan Waverley. Seafield Football Club maintained a minute book for six meetings in the first five months of 1879. It appears that Parkhouse Farm in Ardrossan was used as the home ground of Saltcoats Crescent Football Club who also played at Plantation Park, Saltcoats.

Monthly fees to be collected on first Monday of every month and all members to be present at meeting.
W Baird proposed that all arrears be paid up on or before first Monday of February, seconded by J Allison.
J Dick proposed that H Provan be re-elected president. H Finn seconded amendment. Moved that H Provan be vice-president for current year instead of president, unanimously agreed to.
Proposed by J Grier and seconded by R Glen that H Finn be elected captain of first eleven and agreed to.
R Carson proposed that R Glen, the present captain, be elected vice-captain for ensuing year, no amendment.
R Glen proposed that W Thomson be elected as captain of second eleven, agreed to.
J Grier proposed R Barbour as vice-captain of second eleven, seconded by J Mearns and carried.
W Niels proposed that J Welsh be re-elected secretary, seconded by A McNeil and unanimously agreed to.
W Thomson proposed that G Carrick be elected treasurer, seconded by J Mearns and agreed to.
Members of Committee proposed, viz, John Barbour, J Mearns and H Deacon.
R Glen proposed that all members of Committee have the same say in club, seconded by J Dick and carried.
R Glen proposed that all members of Committee be on field to keep clear of strangers and men to lift gate money.
Proposed by R Carson and seconded by W Baird that gate money be continued to be collected, carried.
Proposed by A McNeil that if any members be proposed that they pay entry money on the spot.
Proposed by R Glen that 2/- be charged for entry money on 1 April, agreed to.
Proposed by R Glen that entry money be 2/6 per month thereafter, carried.
Office Bearers - Vice President, Hugh Provan; Captain, Harry Flinn; Vice Captain, Robert Glen; Captain of Second Eleven, William Thomson; Vice-Captain of Second Eleven, Robert Barbour; Secretary, John Welsh; Treasurer, George Carrick, Committee of Management, W Deacon, J Barbour and J Mearns.
           Minutes of General Meeting of Ardrossan Seafield Football Club, Andrew's Temperance Hotel, 22 January 1879

Minutes read and approved of.
Fees collected as follows: G Carrick 6d, J Allison 6d, W Deacon 1/-, R Barbour 1/-, J Mearns 6d, W Tait 1/-, W Baird 1/-, W Mills 1/-, W Watt 2/-, R Glen 6d, J Reid 1/-, A McNeil 6d - total 10/6.
H Finn proposed we play Overton 15/3/79, seconded by W Thomson.
First eleven play at Ardrossan, second eleven play at Overton and Stevenston to be played if Overton can't come.
W Mills proposed we play Rovers at Irvine on 22/3/79, seconded by Harry Finn.
H Flinn proposed we play Barkip on 29/3/79, seconded by A McNeil. Second eleven to go to Barkip.
           Minutes of General Meeting of Ardrossan Seafield Football Club, 3 March 1879

From our advertising columns (shown below), it will be observed that our two local clubs, Saltcoats Crescent and Ardrossan Seafield have agreed to play a charity match on the ground of the former, Plantation Park, Parkhouse on Saturday next (8 March 1879). The object which the respective teams have in view is to aid in supplementing the donations hitherto subscribed in behalf of the destitute in our midst. Such a movement reflects great credit on the members of both clubs and evinces the ardent desire they possess to mitigate the prevailing distress amongst our poor. We therefore trust the general public, upon whom the issue chiefly depends, will encourage them in their laudable object by turning our in large numbers, an object which is altogether worthy of our hearty support. Should the day prove favourable, it is believed the match will be an interesting one. By kind permission of the captain and officers, the band of the Fourth Ayrshire Volunteer Artillery will be present and discourse several pieces of music at intervals. Admission tickets can be had at the booksellers' shops in Ardrossan and Saltcoats.

           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 1 March 1879

A football match between the Crescent and Seafield clubs has been arranged to come off at Plantation Park, Parkhouse today (8 March 1879) when the band of the Fourth Ayrshire Volunteer Artillery will be in attendance.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 8 March 1879

This match was played on the ground of the former, Plantation Park, last Saturday (8 March 1879) under the most favourable circumstances. The afternoon was one of the finest we have had this season. Although rather warm for the players, it was very pleasant for the spectators who turned out in large numbers and the band of the Fourth Ayrshire Volunteer Artillery, in their usual good style, rendered several selections which added very much to the afternoon's enjoyment. About 3:45, the teams appeared on the field and, to the eye of the spectator, it would appear that the Seafield lads would prove rather many for the Crescent being upon the whole of somewhat heavier build but, as shown afterwards, they were pretty well matched. The ball being set in motion by the Crescent forwards was carried well up to the opponents' goal when it was smartly returned by one of the Seafield backs. It was then run up to the Crescent ground when it was likewise ably returned by one of the half-backs. The play continued pretty even up till within ten minutes of half-time when Finn, one of the Seafield forwards carried the ball well up to the opponents' goal and passed it to McNeil who made a good shot for goal but Murchie, in his usual praiseworthy play, stopped the ball before going under the bar. Finn, however, was not long of seeing this and he, with the dash of a good forward, got the ball and made a shot for goal which proved fatal thus securing one goal for the Seafield. The remainder of the first half passed off without anything further of importance occurring. During the second half of the game, the Crescent had a number of corner kicks and pressed their opponents pretty much although none of the attempts were attended with success and about half past five, time was called without any more goals being scored the result being in favour of the Seafield by one goal to none. For the Crescent, Messrs McCubbin, Shedden senior and Stewart showed good play while John Goodwin captain, showed excellent play throughout. For the Seafield, Messrs Finn captain, McNeil, Dick and Reid also played well. Space, we are sorry to say, forbids us particularising the play of individual members on either side. The match was in every respect a success and we are sure none who turned our either grudged the time or the money. It is expected that, after paying expenses, almost five pounds will be handed over for the benefit of the poor.
(Letter on the game next week.)
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 15 March 1879
The next week's Herald was missing so the content of the letter is not known. The Herald of 5 April 1879, however, suggests that the letter was written by "Observer", possibly a member of Seafield Football Club.

Proposed by R Glen that first and second elevens play on Saturday 29 March. H Flinn proposed that the second get a handicap of two goals, seconded by J Welsh.
J Allison proposed that J McAlston, Pavilion, be written to for to become a patron of club, unanimously agreed to.
           Minutes of General Meeting of Ardrossan Seafield Football Club, 21 March 1879

The treasurer of the Crescent Football Club has handed over to a Committee of Saltcoats ladies for distribution among the deserving poor of the town, the sum of £2 10/-, being half the proceeds of the charity football match played on 8 March.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 5 April 1879

We have had reason for some time back to clip the wings of football correspondents to economise our limited space for matters of greater public interest but notwithstanding our vigilance, a communication lately crept into our columns which has drawn forth a spirited reply from a member of the Seafield club which our space and the likelihood of its giving rise to further discussion alike forbid us inserting as the upshot would be a case of "you're another". In his communication, a member of Seafield observes that charities of whatever kind they may be, ought to be given with a charitable spirit, the givers thereof contenting themselves in knowing they have done a goodly action. Instead of this being the case in this instance, however, "Observer", whom I presume is none other than a member of one of our local clubs, sets himself to think and for want of a more fitting theme to write about, sends a letter to you, Mr Editor, for publication for no other purpose, one would think, but of bringing their so-called charity once more before the eyes of the public. Like the Pharisees of old, they sound a trumpet in the street when they do their alms that they may be seen of much people. "Observer" goes on to point out the finer qualities in the game of football as if these were not sufficiently well known to most of your readers, more especially to those "Observer" seems inclined to enlighten. I will not enter into the merits of the two clubs as "Observer" has already done this to his entire satisfaction. I may, however, be permitted to remark that the "merit" of the Crescent and the "demerit" of the Seafield seems to be concerning "Observer" pretty much at the present time.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 5 April 1879

Proposed by Harry Flinn that the second eleven stay at home on 17 April to assist gatekeepers in collecting gate money at Crescent match and agreed to.
Proposed by W Thomson that the challenge from Highfield Star, Dalry be accepted, seconded by J Allison and unanimously agreed to.
J Allison proposed that Mr J Craig, Police Commissioner, be seen regarding policeman to be on field at matches, seconded by A McNeil and agreed to.
J Cameron proposed that honorary members' tickets be printed immediately, seconded by R Carson and unanimously agreed to.
Tickets to be sent to the following gentlemen, viz: W G Barron esquire, Seafield Tower; H Muir, Bellevue; G Johnstone, Bellevue; W Mutter, Crescent Park; John Gibson, Potato Merchant; R Hogarth, Grocer; Hugh Cameron, Shipping Agent; J Barbour, Reporter; W Guthrie, Publisher; J Barr, Kilmahew; D Goodwin, Arran Place; J Goodwin, Iron Founder; J Goodwin junior; J Moffat, Crescent; Bailie McDonald esquire, Redholm; J Craig, Coneagcut; G M Neilson, Burnfork; R Harris, Bablieay; H Crawford, Baker; J C Stevens, Postmaster; Captain Guthrie, 4th AACOLS; Captain McMillan, Alexandria Place; R T Aitken esquire, Nog Crescent; Mercer esquire, Bath House.
           Minutes of General Meeting of Ardrossan Seafield Football Club, 10 April 1879

J Allison proposed that swearing be prohibited under penalty of a fine of one penny for each and every offence on field. H Finn seconded and agreed to
           Minutes of General Meeting of Ardrossan Seafield Football Club, 6 May 1879
The minutes refer to H Finn, H Flinn, Harry Finn and Harry Flinn. There is uncertainly on whether these names refer to one person or different people.

A match between the Kilbirnie and Seafield clubs was played on the ground of the latter and resulted in favour of the strangers by three goals to none.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 10 May 1879

A match between these two clubs was played (probably on 10 May 1879) on the ground of the former, Stevenston Moor, and after a keenly contested game resulted in favour of Ardeer by three goals to none.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 May 1879

A match was played between these two clubs on Saturday last (10 May 1879) on the ground of the former and after a toughly contested game, victory resulted in favour of the Melbourne by three goals to none.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 May 1879

A match was played between the above teams on Saturday last (24 May 1879) which, after an evenly contested game, resulted in favour of the Ensign by one goal to none. The play, on account of the recent rains was very heavy but some good runs were made by both teams. The Crescent made a shot or two at the Ensign's goal, but the goalkeeper, J Shearer, who is ever on the alert was ready with his hands and saved them. A run by Malloy and Loudoun on the left wing ended in a goal for the Ensign, Loudoun with a long shot, neatly passing the ball between the posts. Half time was called. The ball was shortly afterwards kicked off. The Crescent seemed determined to score and now, having a good breeze in their favour, they broke away once or twice on the left wing where Smith showed some good play. All their efforts to score, however, proved unavailing and the game thus ended as above. For the Crescent, Smith, Sheddan, Guthrie and Crawford, forwards played well while for the Ensign, T Shearer and Banks, half-backs and Davidson and Wyllie, backs played in their usual good form.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 31 May 1879

Mr Editor
I would like our local players to ask themselves the question "Are kicking, tripping and heavy charging necessary accompaniments of football playing?". By kicking, I mean kicking the players and not the ball. If they are, then the sooner public sympathy is enlisted to cry down the game the better as what is otherwise an excellent game is likely, if these cruel practices be tolerated to prove (in fact, has already proved) a means of maiming many young men for life and causing them much trouble and their parents much grief and expense. The public press of Glasgow has already given a note of warning of such things which occurred at some recent games there and I am sure you will have the thanks of the community here if you say a word or two against all such practices in this as I think now popular game. Another hint - players should not indulge in profane swearing. It degrades them and shocks spectators.
Parent, Ardrossan, 28 May 1879
(We have always, while we admire the athletic stamina shown by members of football clubs and their power to withstand knocks that would put any ordinary machine out of gearing, deprecated the high pressure pitch to which they rise. We wonder that cricket, a less boisterous but more scientific game, does not come in for a greater share of support as one of the finest of all outdoor recreations.)
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 31 May 1879

The second Ardeer (Stevenston) and Ensign (Ardrossan) clubs met on the Seafield club's ground on Saturday last (7 June 1879) to play a return match. The Ardeer, having won the toss, agreed to play with the wind and the Ensign kicked off the ball. Rain fell heavily during the game which made it very disagreeable for the players and onlookers. The Ardeer, aided by a good breeze, pressed their opponents pretty hard once or twice during the first half but when half-time was called, they had failed to score. The ball having been kicked off from midfield, the Ensign ran into their opponents' ground where it was mostly confined except when an occasional run was made by the Ardeer forwards. About twenty minutes before the close, a goal was kicked for the Ensign but a hand having been claimed by them before it went through, it was disallowed. Shortly afterwards, however, Armstrong for the Ensign ran the ball between the Ardeer goalposts. No more goals having been scored by either side, the match ended in favour of the Ensign by one goal to none. It may be stated that about a month ago the Ardeer beat the Ensign by three goals to none.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 14 June 1879

Between Saturday night (5 July 1879) and Sunday morning (6 July 1879) last an outrage was committed in the field occupied by the Crescent Football Club on Parkhouse Farm. On Sunday afternoon, some members of the club in passing the field observed that the goalposts had been removed. They entered the field and made a search in the ditch and burn that bound it and found the crossbars in broken pieces of about a yard in length in the ditch and the goalposts in the burn about a hundred yards apart. It is evident that the act was not done for the sake of gain but from some motive of spite which can hardly be understood. We understand that several young men are suspected and strenuous efforts will be made to have them apprehended and convicted. A reward of ten shillings has been offered by the club for their discovery
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 12 July 1879

We beg to remind our readers that these sports take place today Saturday (26 July 1879) at Plantation Park commencing at two o'clock and we heartily recommend all to be present on the field. The prizes, which have been on view during the week in Mr Fullerton's window, are very handsome and it is not surprising that the competitors are numerous and many of them from a distance. The programme contains twenty-five events including the various flat races, hurdle races, dribbling race, sack race, three-legged race, leaping and a football contest of four a side. The entries for all these events are sufficient both in quantity and in quality to ensure exciting contests. For the football competition, we observe a team from the famous Queen's Park club has entered. During the afternoon, the Artillery Band under Mr Muirhead will play a selection of choice music. With such excellent sport and good music, an enjoyable afternoon is in prospect and if the weather prove propitious, we hope to see a very large crowd of spectators on the ground.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 26 July 1879

The lovers of outdoor sports had an opportunity of seeing some good contests in the snug little enclosure of the Crescent Football Club, Plantation Park, Parkhouse on Saturday afternoon last (26 July 1879). The day was fine and a large concourse of spectators (1100) turned out to countenance and enjoy the performance of local athletes and competitors from a distance. The presence of some crack athletes from a distance greatly lessened the chance which, but for the circumstance, would have added to the prizes taken by local competitors but the variety thus introduced and the opportunity it afforded of comparing the style and noting the staying powers, the graceful actions and the pace of the more highly-trained entrants made the events all the more attractive to the spectators while it had a tendency to keep down that asperity of feeling which often arises when such gatherings are confined. As this was the first event of its kind we have seen conducted under the auspices of the Crescent Football Club, some slight hitches might have been expected to occur but the forethought of the managing committee obviated anything of the kind and the various events on the card were entered into with commendable promptitude to time. The result of the various races, flat and hurdle, and the football contests were watched with an interest, the more keen that there was, so far as we noticed, an entire absence of betting on the results. The band of the Fourth Ayrshire Rifle Volunteers was on the ground all day and made the meet all the more cheery by playing at intervals several selections of music under the leadership of Mr Muirhead, bandmaster. The progress of the different ties in this competition were watched with great interest both by the partisans of the local club and others who predicted that Parkgrove Club would have hard lines in a tussle with Beith players who have hitherto proved invincible in all foursome matches. The play was hard for the ten minutes over which each tie extended. Some little disappointment was felt at the non-appearance of the Queen's Park men which gave Beith a bye. Parkgrove and Kilbirnie tried hard for a goal but neither succeeded in getting one, the former scoring one touch-down. For the Crescent, Duncan Stewart and Tom Glen distinguished themselves most. The final was a hard-fought struggle and there were some quick and precise bits of passing between the Parkgrove and Beith representatives. The first prize was four gold badges; the second prize was four silver Maltese Crosses. There were six entries. Beith won by one goal and two touches to Parkgrove's one goal and one touch. The other competitions were first tie: Parkgrove - one touch to Kilbirnie's nothing; second tie: Crescent Saltcoats Number Two - one goal and two touches to Crescent Number One one goal and one touch. The Beith was first placed against Queen's Park four but this team not appearing, Beith therefore had a bye.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 August 1879

At a meeting of this club, the following office bearers were elected for the ensuing season, viz: H Finn, captain; A McNeill, vice-captain; R Barbour, captain second eleven; G Carrick, treasurer; W B Baird, 44 Glasgow Street, secretary and R Glen. The secretary then read the following report of matches played last season: matches played 27, matches won 14, matches draws 8, matches lost 5, goals taken 48, goals lost 28.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 August 1879

A football match between the Kilbride and Seafield clubs was played here on Saturday last (16 August 1879) which resulted in favour of the Seafield second eleven by six goals to none.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23 August 1879

We understand that a team from Ardrossan Seafield Football Club have willingly agreed to play a charity match with the Dalry Football Club today (6 September 1879) on the ground of the latter on behalf of one of their members who unfortunately received an injury at their annual sports some time ago. Viewing the circumstance of the case, we hope that the game will be a success and, should the weather prove favourable, we trust the committee will be enabled to hand over a handsome sum for the party of whose benefit the game has been got up. This being the opening game of the season for the Seafield, we hope that the committee will have their arrangements completed in due course and feel confident, if such is the case, the public will be highly pleased with the result of the game.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 September 1879
There was no match report in the following week's Herald.

The Seafield Football Club play their opening match today, Saturday (20 September 1879).
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 September 1879
There was no match report in the following week's Herald so the opponents and result are not known.

The Clydesdale of Ardrossan went to Kilbride on the 11 October 1879 to play a return match there. The ball being placed in the centre, the Hunters kicked off with the wind against them and a hard tie was played in the centre for about twenty minutes when a run was made down the field by the Clydesdale but the ball was kicked out. The goalkeeper kicked off the ball when the Clydesdale pressed the Hunters at their goal for a considerable time but no goal was taken. Time being called, the ball was placed in the centre again when the Clydesdale kicked off. They made a run to the Hunters' goal but the ball was turned and knocked down to the Clydesdale backs who dribbled it half-way up then gave a strong kick but here a hand was claimed by the Hunters. When the free kick was knocked off, the Clydesdale kicked it back to the left wing, who made a run up the field, the ball being passed to the centre and then to the wing again where Allison, making a run up to the goal, passed it to Allan who kicked it through. The ball being placed again, the Hunters kicked off and made a rush for goal when the Clydesdale backs turned the ball and had a hard try for another goal, several runs being made up and down the field. When time was called, the Clydesdale had scored one goal to nothing.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 October 1879

We would remind our local readers of the football match which is to be played today, Saturday (18 October 1879) in Clutha Park, head of Glasgow Streeet, Ardrossan (the site of which is shown below) between the Seafield and Ayr Football Clubs. The game is one of the ties for the Association Cup and an exciting trial of strength may be anticipated.

           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 October 1879
This was the first time an Ardrossan team played a competitive match.

This Ayrshire Cup tie was played at Ardrossan (on 18 October 1879). During the first quarter of an hour the home team pressed their opponents pretty hard and by some spirited play, they secured their first goal in admirable style, though the strangers fought ably to prevent this result. Ends having been changed, the strangers for a time had decidedly the best of play, but their onslaughts were frequently repulsed by the home team. Ultimately the strangers succeeded in securing the next goal. Afterwards the home team, by good work, passed the ball between the strangers' posts a second time. The play then became fast and furious, and both citadels had narrow escapes, admirable runs being made by both clubs, the backs doing good service. In the last quarter-hour, the strangers were fortunate enough to equalise matters by scoring a second goal. With a great determination the home team still persevered, shot after shot being made at the strangers' fortress, the goal-keeper doing good work. The game thus terminated in a draw, two goals each.
           Glasgow Herald, 20 October 1879

This undecided tie was played off on Springvale Park, Ayr, in presence of a large concourse of spectators on Saturday last (25 October 1879). The weather was favourable but the ground, owing to the recent rain, was in a very soft and slippery condition. Immediately on the ball being kicked off, the left wing of the home team secured the leather and, after a short run, shot the ball through the posts amidst great applause. On the resumption of play, one of the Ayr forwards got disabled and had to retire by his head coming into contact with that of one of the Seafield backs, the home team, playing the rest of the game a man short. Owing to the slack play of the strangers who did not play with their accustomed spirit, the home team had the best of the play during the greater part of the first half and in a short time had another goal placed to their credit. On the ball being again kicked off, the strangers wrought the ball into close proximity to the home goal but the backs relieved the pressure and the ball was again brought into the strangers' territory where owing to one of the backs fouling with the goalkeeper, the ball was again sent through the posts. This success of the home team seemed to put the strangers on their mettle for immediately on the kick-off, the right wing ran the ball up the field and centring well, Dick with a good shot, sent it thought the posts. From this until half-time was called both goals were frequently in danger but ended without any further score being made. On the change of ends, the strangers seemed determined to score and the home team had some hot work to defend their citadel. After some good play on both sides, the strangers, by a combined rush, ran the ball up to their opponents' goal, passed it over to the left wing when it was put between the posts by Tait. On play being again resumed, the strangers tried to equalise matters. Several good shots were made but, owing to the darkness, these frequently went past or over the posts. Time was called without any further score being made. The goals were kicked for Ayr by Fullerton, two and Sim, one. The tie thus ended in their favour by three goals to two. Previous to their departure, the strangers were entertained to tea in the Star Hotel.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 1 November 1879

Last Saturday afternoon (22 November 1879), the Crescent Football Club, in lieu of the Ayr Football Club which did not come forward, played a game with a combined team of the Ardeer and Seafield Clubs. The play was good on both sides, although now and again, there was a noticed a want of combined action, several individual players playing somewhat selfishly. Darkness set in before time was up but at the close it was found that the Crescent had scored four goals to two taken by their opponents.
           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 29 November 1879