A&T Gearing Up For 2013

It may be the cycle speedway close season, but Astley & Tyldesley are busy preparing for the 2013 season. The club are pleased to announce that they will be making a return to the Northern League Division 1, as well as retaining a team in Division 2 (formerly known as the Combination Division) and entering a team of youngsters in the newly formed Division 3.

The welcome return of several senior and veterans riders during the past year - Roy Heslop, Becky Heslop, Ron Makin - along with the continuing progress of impressive youngster Reece Pollitt and promising new seniors Steve Waterworth and Marc Osmand paved the way for the return of a senior A & T team.

The squad has been further bolstered by the returns of three Astley & Tyldesley club stalwarts during the transfer window which closed last Tuesday. Gin Pit track record holder and current World no. 5, Przemek Binkowski from Torun, Poland, has transferred back to A & T after a spell with Horspath (Oxford). His compatriot Tomasz Wlodarczyk, another top Polish International racer, from Czestochowa, is delighted to return to the A & T senior squad, after the club were unable to offer him racing since 2009 until now. Both riders first made their bow in A & T colours in 2002 and have been consistently high scorers when racing for the club. Veteran rider George Hughes (pictured right leading Mike Hack) is another returnee, having moved back to the Manchester area after living in London for the past few years. George first raced for A & T in 1992 and last rode in 2007, before joining the East London club and then transferring back to A & T before last week's deadline.

Astley & Tyldesley Club officials are delighted to welcome back three wholehearted riders who have given great service to the club over a long period, as the club looks forward to their return to racing in the Northern League Division 1.

Photo below shows four riders leaving the start, with (l-r) Tomasz Wlodarczyk, Lee Aris, Przemek Binkowski, Grzegorz Pawliczek determined to hit the first bend first in the Grand Final of the 2004 Astley & Tyldesley Festival meeting.


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