The Club purchased a second Cabin and fitted it out during the winter, to
serve as a dedicated Catering Cabin, with the original one designated solely
as a Storage Cabin. However, the club’s number of riders fell for the second
successive year and this was reflected in on track results.
A&T entered the newly formed British League North / Midlands League Division
2. We finished 2nd out of 4 teams, losing by a single point at Sandwell in
the final match of the season. To say that the match was highly charged and
controversial would be the under statement of the century, as Sandwell took
the win they needed to pip us for the title.
In the British League North Fours League we finished bottom, out of 6 teams.
At junior level, we finished 3rd out of 6 teams in the combined North &
Midlands Regional Qualifying League of the British Junior League. This
format had been introduced for the first time, as the BJL had quickly become
a victim of its own success, with the top two teams qualifying from each of
the then three regions. A&T dropped to 5th place, out of 6 teams, in the
British League North Junior League and down to 4th out of 5 teams in the
Manchester League Division 2. Damien Hack was top scorer with 109 points,
whilst Martin Phillips topped the race averages with 2.92.
The Bolton News and their sister paper, the Leigh Journal, sponsored the
British u-16 Team Championships at Gin Pit on 18th September. Their coverage
included this excellent shot of A&T captain Damien Hack, leading Bury’s
Scott Jarman and Tameside’s Mark Wylie, on his way to a maximum score.
Photo right is of the A&T team which beat Sandwell, 77-69, at Gin Pit on
L-r: Mike Hack, Russ Holland, Lee Smethills, Martin Phillips, John Jackson,
Damien Hack, David Farley. On bike: Lee Harper.