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National Flying Club Results & Information Database

Report 2005/01

Certificate of Merit Winners & Outstanding Pigeons

Firstly let me confirm that the 2005 edition of the National Flying Club Results and Information Database is now available on CD priced £12.50 (reduced to £10 if you purchased the 2004 edition). As in previous years 50% of all sales income (less VAT I’m afraid) will be redistributed as cash prizes in the Nantes, Pau, and Saintes races this Summer. The ONLY members who can win these cash prizes are those who purchase the CD so that’s an additional incentive for you to purchase this fabulous utility.

The National Flying Club Results and Information Database is a detailed study of all NFC races 1998 – 2004. EVERY pigeon timed and read off at a clock station is included in the database and you can interrogate the results for hours on end looking at Open, Section, and your personal results. No other Club has had such a utility built for their members.

This is the first of a series of articles for 2005 utilising data extracted from the database. As with most previous articles I will tend to focus on repeated excellence of certain pigeons, rather than one-off performances which is more within the immediate post-race remit of the NFC’s Press Officer, Ron Hillcoat. In this article I concentrate on the Certificate of Merit award culminating in the identification of a mere handful of pigeons which could contest and win a coveted Certificate of Merit award this year.

The NFC Certificate of Merit is awarded to pigeons achieving a top 100 position from the longest old bird race on THREE separate occasions. A very slight relaxation to this rule is extended to pigeons flying over 650 miles on each occasion which need to achieve THREE top 200 positions. Together with the BBC’s Spanish Diploma this must be one of the top awards to be won by a distance pigeon and to show how hard it is to win a Certificate of Merit I can tell you that just seventeen have ever been presented.

Lest we forget the past winners are … Fear Bros. of Clandown; Mr and Mrs Cannon of Wormley (3); L. Painter of Southampton; L. Green of Runcorn; Mr and Mrs J.R. Green of Runcorn; J. Jones of Dymock; G.A. Baker of Bridgnorth; A. Shore of Crewe; B. Sheppard of Trowbridge; F. Attrill of Isle of Wight; J. Willis and Sons of Portsmouth; Biss and Waite of Whitchurch; G. Cooper of Peasedown St John; P. Kendal of Wantage; Mr & Mrs A & W Rose of Worksop.

There are some truly great names in this list but also (and giving hope to us all) some small team flyers who perhaps don’t have a great National recognition factor. Just to reinforce how difficult it is to win a COM just think of a few names including Grand National winners who do not appear in the list yet consistently score in each and every Grand National … I’ll steer clear of naming names for fear of bias to local fanciers whom I know personally but I won’t hesitate in picking out the name of Jim Biss (from his Norfolk loft) as perhaps the most notable absentee. Interestingly if the 650-mile qualification was reduced to 645 miles Jim would have won a COM in 2002 but there you go the line was drawn at 650 miles and I guess everyone has to work within this boundary. Equally if the qualification was for three top 200 positions whatever your flying distance from the longest old bird race then the following fanciers and pigeons would have won a COM …

Member Name

Section

Ring Number

G Orford

J

GB1995J07449

Biss & Waite

F

GB1995N95061

W D Reed

G

GB1996N66753

Tony Pisani

E

GB1996N75718

Tony Pisani

E

GB1997J55179

Mr & Mrs Bunney

B

GB1997N47024

S G Biss

H

GB1997N97156

A Holdaway

B

GB1999J29032

On balance I think the NFC have got the qualification lines drawn just about right. Whilst the qualification hurdle is high it does preserve supreme quality in a pigeon’s aggregated performances. Perhaps if there were an appropriate dilution to make it would be introduce a NEW award for pigeons achieving FOUR or more top 200 positions from ANY distance from ANY old bird race. Mark you … this would still be a tough award to win but before you ask here’s a list of the pigeons that would have won such an award if it existed (Yes! That Biss & Waite pigeon really has achieved EIGHT top 200 positions with the NFC).

Member Name

Section

Ring Number

Top 200

Laws and Russell

C

GB1995F20415

4

S L Dangerfield

G

GB1996A00023

5

G G Cooper

G

GB1996N76797

4

Mr & Mrs E Stovin

F

GB1997J45831

4

Patrick Bros

G

GB1997J53654

4

Patrick Bros

G

GB1997J53774

4

Mr & Mrs P Kendal

F

GB1997N33662

4

Biss & Waite

F

GB1997N97097

8

Mr & Mrs P Kendal

F

GB1998J67740

5

Biss & Waite

F

GB1998N98056

4

Mr T Leggatt

A

GB1998N99693

4

Ashley Young

E

GB1999H93425

4

A Holdaway

B

GB1999J29032

4

David Ellams

J

GB1999N42861

4

Mr & Mrs P Kendal

F

GB2001N01325

4

G G Cooper

G

GB2001N15518

5

G G Cooper

G

GB2001N15520

4

R V Ball

E

GB2001N55221

4

Back to the Current Year COM candidates I have identified SEVEN  pigeons which have already achieved two of the three positions required, one of which was gained from Pau in 2004 so there’s a reasonable chance that some or all of these pigeons could take their place in the Pau starting line. They are:-

Ring                             Member                                   Sec            Positions

GB1997N47024        Mr & Mrs Bunney                  B            9th Dax 2003; 65th Pau 2004

GB1998J63279          P J Newton                                    G            61st Pau 2000; 53rd Pau 2004

GB1999J69559          J W Puddephatt                   A            78th Dax 2003; 45th Pau 2004

GB1999N29488        T Preddy                         G            58th Dax 2003; 79th Pau 2004

GB2001N39579        Brooks Bros                             G            86th Dax 2003; 60th Pau 2003

GB2001Z23218          Mr & Mrs Stretton & Dtr       I            24th Dax 2003; 23rd Pau 2004

GB1997Z65784          Mr & Mrs A Findon               I            66th Pau 2000; 192nd Pau 2004    *

* flown over 650 miles on each occasion

It would be fantastic to see one or more of these marvellous pigeons complete the qualification for a Certificate of Merit this Summer but as racing pundit and Celebrity Big Brother grandee John McCririck would boom out in the gloomiest terms “the stats are against them”. For not only do you need longevity in a pigeon but also for it to reach a premier peak from 500 miles over a minimum of a three-year period.

Chatting with a few people about COM’s and equivalent awards made in the other Specialist Clubs surely it would be a good idea for the movers and shakers in these clubs to get together and share results information view to identifying and rewarding pigeons which have flown with distinction across a band of premier clubs? At present, with each club allocating awards on a local basis, you can easily have a situation arise where a pigeon scores with between 2 and 5 specialist clubs over the course of its racing career but gets little or no collective recognition for its achievements. Absurd really? Draw a parallel with Horse Racing if you like, where ALL formlines are known without exclusion; their ‘Triple-Crown’ is staged at three different Racecourses; and their ‘Group 1’ races are staged at a whole multitude of Racecourses.

I am more than happy to be the conduit for this project … all that would be required is for specialist clubs to send me full electronic (NOT printed) results going back as far as possible and I could then merge this data with the NFC’s to identify such pigeons. PBO Solutions will be more than happy to fund the printing of backdated Diplomas for winning pigeons on criteria determined to identify repeat excellence across all clubs. I’ll be happy to hear from fanciers supporting this idea, including those who believe they would qualify for a Merit award, plus all Specialist Clubs to see whether we can get this project going during this Summer view to having Diplomas ready at the end of the 2005 Season.

More next week!
Paul O’Leary O014A

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