2007 Campaign less than a week away!

Astley & Tyldesley will open their 2007 season this Sunday (11th March) with a local derby match against Bury. And to add extra spice to what is always a keenly fought encounter, this will be A & T's entry to the Premier League, featuring the top nine clubs in Britain.

A & T team manager Mike Hack has been busily adding to the squad that finished 2nd in last year's Northern League. Polish star Remi Burchardt and former England international Lee Phillips have both returned to A & T (from Bury and Stoke respectively). Polish Junior international Marcin Malolepszy has been recruited from Czestochowa, and this fast starting rider will be a great asset to the team. Five riders have been signed on secondary registrations, for Premier League matches only. Edinburgh duo Ewan Tulloch and Gavin Kennedy both make welcome returns to A & T, along with their team mate Craig Newsome who has had plenty of PL experience previously with Stoke and Wednesfield. Stockport's Steve Ward, a British Finalist for the past two years, and Hull's rapidly improving Andy Angell will both add plenty of punch to the squad. These eight new signings will certainly boost the remains of last year's squad. Polish internationals Tomasz Wlodarczyk and Darek Kurkowski, and British Finalist Chris Finnigan all return to spearhead A & T's charge on the Premier League. Wlodarczyk (pictured) has been appointed team captain for the 2007 season.

Off the track, the club has been busy re-surfacing the Gin Pit track in readiness for the elevation to the PL. A new set of team shirts, in the club's traditional colours of green, black and white, have been purchased, bearing the logos of the club's eight sponsors retained from last season - Air Flo; Aqua Clenz; D. Barnett (Brokers); CTA Direct; Roger Hannah & Co; Hypnotherapy4you; Kensite Services; Rowlands Solicitors.

Racing takes place at the cycle speedway track, located next to the Astley & Tyldesley Miners' Welfare Club, Meanley Road, Gin Pit, Astley. Admission and car parking is free, with programmes and refreshments on sale. The Premier League match starts at 2 pm, and is followed by a Combination League (2nd team) match.

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