AGM changes saw Bill Phillips and Martin Phillips replace Mike Hack as
Chairman and Team Manager respectively. Lee Phillips re-joined the club
after his spell at Bury.
The team put in two tremendous showings to reach the Semi-Finals of the
British Indoor Team Championships, for 1997/8 in March at Lowestoft and for
1998/9 in December at Salford.
The 1st team finished 7th out of 9 teams in the British League North Fours
League and 2nd out of 3 teams in the Manchester League Division 1, which was
re-formatted to the current Grand Prix style for the first time. At junior
level, A&T finished 4th out of 13 teams in the British Junior League, 4th
out of 9 teams in the British League North Junior League, 1st out of 5 teams
in the Manchester League Division 2 and won the British League North Junior
Cup Final, beating Heckmondwike at Stockport. Lee Smethills was the top
scorer with 148 points and also topped the race averages on 2.64.
Photo right is of the A&T team which beat Scotia
(now Edinburgh), 97-82, in a challenge match at Gin Pit on 29th March.
L-r: Phil Moreton, Martin Phillips, Lee Smethills, Danny
Ward, Lee Phillips, Mike Hack, Damien Hack, Dale Edwards.
Photo left is
of the A&T
team which won the British League North Junior KO Cup Final, beating
Heckmondwike, 77-71, at Stockport on
Back row, l-r: Lee Smethills, Damien Hack, Danny Ward, Dale Edwards, Martin
Phillips. Front row, l-r: Matthew Helme, Patrick Roberts, Robert Black.