Gary Nuttall took over as Club Chairman, with the club re-surfacing the
track in the winter and completing the installation of electric starting
gates. Seven club sponsors were retained, to enable the purchase of a new
set of green jerseys and the Club began itís links with the Rotary Club of
Astley. A&T had a then record number of 56 club members.
However, the year ended in bitter disappointment, as Sport England withdrew
their £150,000 funding offer to re-build the track and facilities, due to
Wigan Councilís failure to provide the club with a 25 years lease.
The Club moved up into the British Premier League for the first time. Team
manager Mike Hack had assembled a strong squad on paper, but this didnít
materialise on the track, as some riders either didnít turn out at all or
very infrequently. Early season injuries to Andy Angell and Lee Phillips
added to the absences. The team fielded was generally made up of a mix of
Polish and Scottish riders and club veterans. After a promising start to the
campaign, the club was forced to take the embarrassing and unprecedented
step of withdrawing from the league mid-season.
The slump affected the team in the Northern League, finishing 6th out of 7
teams. However, we finished 2nd in the Northern Cup, for the third time in
four seasons and we won the Manchester League Division1 for the third time
in five years.
A&T finished 3rd out of 5 teams in the North section of the British Youth &
Junior League, Bottom out of 5 teams in the Northern Combination Division,
7th out of 8 teams in the Northern Junior League and bottom out of 3 teams
in the Manchester League Division 2.
A&T finished 9th out of 19 entrants in the British Club Championship. Darek
Kurkowski was the clubís top points scorer, with 423, whilst Tomasz
Wlodarczyk had the highest race average, on 3.59
1st team photo, back row, l-r: Lee Phillips, Ewan Tulloch, Tomasz Wlodarczyk,
Mike Hack, Steve Ward. Kneeling, l-r: Gavin Kennedy, Remi Burchardt, Darek