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.
Steve Harris - 49 years old. Swindon born Steve is an undoubted
legend of the sport. He has transferred to A&T for the 2018 season,
having previously raced for Swindon, Bristol St. George, Heckmondwike,
Horspath and Poole, as well as Bydgoszcz, Kalety and Swietochlowice in
Poland. A former Gt. Britain team manager, Steve won the 1999 World
Individual title in Poland. He is the current British Veterans
Individual Champion, a title he has won six times, three times World
Veteran Individual Champion, seven times British Indoor Individual
Champion and five times British Indoor Veterans Individual Champion.
Throw in several British Team Championship wins with Horspath, both
indoors and outdoors and Steve is one of the most decorated riders of
all time. He has made an all time record number of 25 British Individual
|Mick Knowles - age 48. 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 rejoined A&T at the start of the 2017 season and was a member of the Division 1 and Division 2 title winning sides. Mick is also a British Cycling Level 2 Coach and a referee.|
|Paul Graham - 47 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 and 2017 British Veterans Individual Finals. Was A&T Team Manager for three seasons, before becoming Club Captain in 2017 and helping the team to win the Northern League Division 1 title.|
|Mark Grantham - Age 45. Started racing in 2015, after initially supporting daughter Lucy and obtaining a coaching qualification. Won the Rory Blackwell Cup as the Best Newcomer in 2015 and the Club Most Improved Rider award in 2017. Was a valuable member of both the Northern League Division 1 and 2 title winning sides in 2017.|
|Mark Brundrett - 44 years old. Mark took up racing midway through the 2017 season after watching his son Fraser ride. Was a member of A&T's Northern League Division 2 title winning squad in 2017.|
Tomasz Wlodarczyk - 35 years old.
Tomek is in his fourth
spell with the club, having been with us since 2002, his only British
club. Won the Ken Graham Memorial Trophy in 2004. 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 and 2012 European Club
Championship Finals. Tomek captained the Poland team to victory in the
International Federations Cup in Australia in 2017. 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.
Przemek Binkowski - 34 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.
Kamil Bielica - Age 32. Kamil is making his first season of
racing in Britain, having joined the A&T squad for the 2018 season. A
very experienced rider,
who races for his home town team, Swietochlowice, in the Polish League.
|Pawel Idziorek - Age 23. After a two years absence from the sport, Pawel has transferred to A&T for the 2018 season, having previously raced for Heckmondwike and Sheffield in the Elite League. The Leeds based rider had a real turn of speed in his previous racing stint and is a fine addition to the A&T squad.|
|Marcin Jakubiak - 22 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 and the 2017 World Individual Final in Australia. Marcin joined A&T in 2017 and was a key member of the Northern League Division 1 winning squad.|
|Kyle Holland - Age 21. 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 2016 on loan at Heckmondwike for some events, before transferring to A&T at the start of the 2017 season. He was a valuable member of the Northern League Division 1 winning team and represented the North & Scotland regional team in 2017. Kyle is also a referee.|
Reece Pollitt - 20 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 seven 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. Reece won both the Manchester League U-19 Individual Final
and the Manchester League U-19 Grand Prix series in 2017. He was a
valuable member of our Northern League Division 1 winning team and
represented the North & Scotland regional team in 2017.
Ciaran Collins - Age 18. 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
Individual. He was a member of our Northern League Division 1 winning
team in 2017.
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