The Astley & Tyldesley
club was formed in November 1989 and made their on track bow in April
1991, initially racing in the Manchester League. Improvements to the Gin
Pit circuit, which was originally mainly funded and built by club
members, have been made on an ongoing basis with the venue being
afforded the status of the North's Regional Centre in 1997 and being a
top graded facility, 'A' Grade International.
|Mark Mulvey - Age 48. Mark transferred to A&T in 2015 after spending the previous two years in the colours of Northumbria. Prior to that he was a regular for Tameside during the 1980s and 1990s. Mark was signed up for A&T in 2014 to race in Northern Fours League and Manchester League events.|
|Mick Knowles - age 47. Sheffield based Mick has been racing cycle speedway since the mid 1980's. He raced for A&T for two seasons in 2008 and 2009, before moving back to Sheffield and then on to Heckmondwike. Mick has rejoined A&T for the 2017 season. Mick is also a British Cycling Level 2 Coach and a referee.|
|Paul Graham - 46 years old. Former Bury and Manchester rider who returned to the sport in 2013 after an absence of 19 years. He quickly returned to form and rode in the 2016 British Veterans Individual Final. Stepped down as A&T Team Manager after three seasons, to become Club Captain this year.|
|Mark Grantham - Age 45. Started racing in 2015, after initially supporting daughter Lucy and obtaining a coaching qualification. Made good progress, scoring well for the 2nd team and racing for the 1st team. Won the Rory Blackwell Cup as the Best Newcomer in 2015.|
Gareth Paine -
36 years old.
Took up cycle speedway
midway through 2014 and improved rapidly, scoring well for the 2nd team
and making regular 1st team appearances. Gareth won the Northern Division 2 Grand Prix series in 2015. He was an accomplished rugby league player for Leigh Miners Rangers, who was selected to play for the England Lions Amateur team in Canada in 2016. Sadly a broken leg ruled him out of the tour and he has subsequently retired from playing rugby.
Tomasz Wlodarczyk - 34 years old. Tomek is in his fourth spell with the club, having been with us since 2002, his only British club. Was a member of the Poland team that narrowly lost to England in the World Cup Final in Australia in 2005, but won the European Cup Final at Wednesfield in 2006 and the World Cup Final in Poland in 2007. Finished 6th in the World Individual Final, won both the Northern Individual Final and the Manchester League Individual Final in 2007. Was also a member of the Czestochowa team that finished second in the 2005 European Club Championship Final. He completed a degree in engineering management and production at Czestochowa University, despite living and working full-time in England. Tomek now has his own sportswear business in his native Czestochowa.
|Damian Zareba - 34 years old. Damian first came to the A&T club's attention when impressing at the European Junior Championships in Poland in 2000. He progressed to win the 2004 European Individual Final, whilst racing for Bydgoszcz in Poland, before signing for A&T for the 2005 season. Later had spells with Bury and Sheffield, before re-joining A&T on a full transfer in 2015. Famed for his lightning fast starts, bike handling skills and team riding ability. Won the Alan Farrell Memorial Memorial Cup as the Club's Rider of the Year in 2015.|
Przemek Binkowski - 32 years old Polish star from Torun. Rode in
the 2000 European Junior Individual Final. Joined A & T in 2002 and had
three successful seasons in our colours. Winner of the 2003 Manchester
League Individual Final, Ken Graham Memorial Trophy and Club Individual
Championship. Rode in the 2004 European Individual Final and was a
member of the Poland team that won the European Cup Final at Wednesfield
in 2006. Won the run-off to ensure that Torun won the 2008 European Club
Championship Final. After a spell with Coventry, he returned to A & T
for the 2008 season, but then transferred to Horspath in 2010, when we
were unable to offer him senior racing. Raced in the 2009 World
Individual Final in Australia and finished 5th in the 2011 World
Individual Final in the U.S.A, before re-joining the A & T club in 2013.
Was a member of the Poland team that won the World Pairs Final in 2013
and again in 2015. He reached the World Individual Final in Australia in
2013. Was unlucky to finish 3rd in the 2014 European Individual Final,
after being excluded whilst leading a three rider run off for the title.
Was a member of the Poland team which won the World Cup Final in 2015.
Again finished 3rd in the 2016 European Individual Final and was a
member of the Poland team which won the 2016 European Team Final. Is a corporal in the Polish Army.
Luke Jamson - Age 24. Luke transferred back to A&T in 2014, after
spending the last few years at Sheffield and Bury. Joined A&T in 2008
after being spotted at a Go-Ride event at his school, but left after our
withdrawal from most senior competitions at the end of 2009, although
remaining with us on a secondary licence.
|Marcin Jakubiak - 21 years old. Marcin began racing for his hometown Rybnik club, in Poland. Switched to Czestochowa, following the demise of the Rybnik club. Qualified as reserve for the 2016 European Individual Final at Poole. Marcin has joined the A&T squad in 2017, to race in Northern League matches.|
|Kyle Holland - age 20. Sheffield based Kyle started racing as a 9 year old when the Cookson Park track opened. He has raced at international level for Scotland. He spent last year on loan at Heckmondwike for some events, before transferring to A&T at the start of the 2017 season. Kyle is also a referee.|
Reece Pollitt - 19 years old. Started racing in 2010. Won the
Rory Blackwell Cup for the club's best newcomer in 2010 and Club Most
Improved Rider Award in 2011. Reece won the Northern U-16 Grand Prix
series in 2013 and 2014, the Manchester League U-16 Individual Final in
2013 and 2014 and the Manchester League U-16 Grand Prix series in 2013.
He has also won the Club U-16 Individual Championship in 2012, 2013 and
2014 and Club Senior Individual Championship six years running from
2011. Took 2nd place in the British U-16 Grand Prix series in 2014.
Won the Northern u-19 Grand Prix series in 2015, raced for England juniors and captained Gt. Britain juniors, before finishing 6th in the World Junior Final and 3rd in the British u-17 Grand Prix series in 2015. 2016 saw Reece win the Northern U-19 Individual Final, the Manchester League U-19 Individual Final and both the Manchester League Senior and U-19 Grand Prix series, as well as again representing Gt. Britain and England junior teams.
Ciaran Collins - Age 17. Started racing in the middle of the 2012
season and quickly impressed in U-13 events. Took 2nd place in the Club
U-12 Individual and won the Rory Blackwell Cup for Best Newcomer in
2012. Took 2nd place in the Manchester League U-13 Individual in 2013.
Finished in 3rd place in the Manchester League U-16 Grand Prix series in
2014 and was runner-up in 2015. Raced for the Ireland team at both
junior and senior levels and won the Club's Most Improved Rider award in
2015. Won the 2016 Northern U-16 Grand Prix series and Club U-16
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