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“The Original” Around The Up North Combine

By Good Corn

 

 

   Saturday 2nd September saw the East Cleveland Federations 56 members entry of 1,339 birds being liberated from from Peterborough at 11.30am flying into a light north wind. Starting at Skinningrove H/S where Sayers Bros Dave, Kenny & Brian won 1st Club, 1st Fed on 1673. White Bros Malc & Stuart the Club and Fed old bird inland average winners timed a blue cock bred by W Gates & Son of Bolden for the Loftus West Road Championship Club Breeder/Buyer doing 1671.0 to chalk up 2nd Club, 6th Fed. Mike Prokopowicz & Son Lee had a couple of birds on the clock doing 1669 and 1665.1 to lift 3rd and 5th Club, 7th and 14th Fed. While Tich Richards & Alice Marsay took 4th Club, 11th Fed on 1666.2, and Keith Wren & Margaret Stone netted 6th Club, 16th Fed on 1663.

   W & S Ward racked up their third young bird win in six starts to record their sixth win of 2017 at the Brotton Six Bird Club, with Bill and his Grandson Shaun's pole position winner being a blue Homer & Williams Leo Heremans hen knocking out a chart-topping vel of 1671.3 to score a very impressive 3rd Fed. The red card winning hen is carding for the second time after netting 3rd Club out of Bubwith (2) when beaten by a loftmate that won 1st Club. The loft of Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson & Tubby “Graham” Purver and loft helpers Ian “Evo” Everington & Franky enjoyed a cracking clocking day after timing no fewer than four of their six entries to chalk up a notable 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Club. With the blue card scorer knocking up a vel of 1668.6 to claim a very nice 9th Fed, the gangs timer is scoring for the second time for 2nd Club, 28th Fed was taken in  Brotton H/S out of Worksop (1). While the fourth timer has flown very consistent after potting 2nd Club Bubwith (2) and 3rd Club Worksop (2). Mr & Mrs Bob & Barbara Moore take 6th place with their timer being the previous scorer of 3rd Club Bubwith (1) when beaten by a loftmate that netted 2nd Club.

    Onto Brotton H/S where we not only have a new winner, we have very popular winners for the Husband & Wife partnership of Stuart & Joy Arkless timed a couple of babies to win a top-notch 1st and 3rd Club. With Stuart & Joy's red card winner recording a top vel of 1671.2 to score an impressive 4th Fed. I did hear that Stuart had put a lot of work into the birds in the week leading up to the race, with him giving the youngsters a number of training tosses which made him fancying them for this race. Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson & Tubby “Graham” Purver and loft helpers Ian “Evo” Everington & Franky had no less than three of their squad on the clock to chalk up a useful 2nd, 4th and 5th Club with their blue card potter achieving a vel of 1668.7 to claim a very nice 8th Fed, the youngster is carding for the second time after winning 1st Club, 10th Fed Worksop (2). While the yellow card lifter is clocking up it's third prize card so far after taking 3rd Club Bubwith (2) ans 3rd Club again out of Worksop (1) a week later when beaten by a loftmate that took 2nd Club.

   The Skelton Green loft of Bowden Bros Mick & Boss and loft helper Trevor Mitchell returned to their winning ways to record their second young bird win of the season after timing two birds to win 1st and 4th Club from a seven members entry of 125 birds. Derek Winspear & Son Mark had four birds on the clock to notch up 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Club.

   Jimmy Reed records his second young bird win of the season at Marske & New Marske, with Jimmy's pole position winner being a chequer hen from Graham Jones of Guisborough. The late Jack Brown & Tony Hunt are in 2nd spot with Tony's blue card scorer being a blue Dirk Seppers Van  Gompel cock. Martin Hogarth timed a blue cock of his own strain to lift 3rd Club; while Paul Longstaff & Jeff Moore clocked a chequer flipey Heremans Ceusters hen to pocket 4th Club.

   The inform Andy Crooks records his fifth win in six starts down at Staithes, with Andy timing no fewer than five of his team to win a cracking 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club. Deano Ward who is the only Staithes member to beat Andy in the Club with the young birds far jumped in to chalk up 3rd Club.

   The Teesside Federations entry of 591 birds where up and away at 11.10am with the inform loft of Ali McLeod achieving his third consecutive win, after timing nine birds to win a brilliant 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Fed to record his twelve Club win and ninth Federation win of the season. With pole position being won by a blue pied Vandenabeele cock recording a chart topping vel of 1628; the young cock who has being Mac's top pooler the last 2 races but was overlooked this week (shake of the head), but on saying that when you are a loft inform with different Pigeons fighting for top spot its never going to be easy to pick your right pool birds all of the time. The young cock  is out of Mac's very best races with his Sire being the winner of 2nd UNC Eastbourne National and 8th UNC Ypres, while the blue pied cocks Dam is the previous winner of 3rd and 36th UNC Eastbourne National. Its no surprise to Ali that the cock has turned out a Federation winner for he is half Brother to Mac's top racing cocks “82” and “29” who have both topped the Fed; full of the very best of Ali's Vandenabeele bloodlines that have achieved so much success over the years at all levels. The green card was awarded to another top bred blue Vandenabeele hen doing 1600.9, as she is through Ali's best bloodlines with her Sire being the Daughter of a half Brother to “82” and “29” as well of being half Brother to Mac's 3rd UNC Bronze Medal winner and half Brother to the Sire of his 1st UNC Burbure Gold Medal winner “Gaby Lou”. While the Dam of the young hen has a 6th UNC Burbure 2016 to her credit. The yellow card potting blue cock who touched down the same time as the green card scorer is out of Mac's 2016 Breeder/Buyer winner. Two seconds later with a vel of 1600.6 came a blue pied hen who has a slight cross in her breeding is the Daughter of a cock who is the Grandson of “Pauline”. Next came a blue Vandenabeele cock on 1596.5 who is the nestmate to Mac's 1st Club, 1st Fed, 2nd Section Worksop (2) winner from a convoy of 4,534 birds. With the youngsters Sire being a full Brother to “Gaby Lou”, once again the very best of Mac's outstanding family. Ali's next four timers a chequer cock, a blue cock a blue hen and a second blue cock that with timed within three seconds of each other knocked out vels of 1585.8, 1585.6, 1585.5 and 1585.3 to round off another trademark top team performance. Tommy Clark & Son Gary are still holding on in there after having five of their youngsters on the clock to pocket 2nd Club, 2nd, 6th, 9th, 11th and 18th Fed with vels of 1614, 1596.8, 1588.9, 1586.6 and 1579. With the blue card going to a chequer cock and he was followed by a blue cock, while the duo's third timer was a chequer hen who wins 1st £5 Ring pocketing £70.00. Tommy & Gary's fourth timer was a blue cock that took 4th Club, 6th Fed out of Worksop (1), while fifth on the clock was a fancied chequer hen winning the Fed Nom, and the previous scorer of 2nd Club, 6th Fed Pontefract (2). The Highway Men Brian Atkinson & Keith Perkins where lying in wait for their dark cock to stand and deliver a vel of 1586.4 to claim 12th Fed and grab the 2nd £5 Ring prize money of £45.00.  

   Derek Gibson & Burnip of the Beechwood & Easterside are starting to roll a mean dice after last weeks 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th Club, they follow it up by timing a couple of birds this time to win 1st and 2nd Club. With pole position being won by a blue pied hen recording a chart-topping vel of 1592 which was enough to chalk up a notable 8th Fed. Kime & Reid timed a couple of their entries to pocket a nice 2nd and 6th Club while Leon Kime takes 4th Club, and N Bunny nets 5th position.

   Barron Bros Tommy & Robbie where very destructive this week after timing no fewer than three of their team to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd and 4th Club at Haverton Hill, with the red card being won by a dark cock achieving 1588.0 to claim 10th Fed. The winning cock was in the frame out of Worksop (2) when he chalked up 3rd Club, 18th Fed. The blue was awarded to a chequer cock on 1581 to pocket 17th Fed and the duo's yellow card lifter was a blue hen making 1575 for 20th Fed.

   Andrew Appleton & Paul Longstaff jumped in to take 3rd Club. 19th Fed on 1578, with the lads green card scoring blue pied cock being the previous winner of 1st £5 Ring Pontefract (1), 1st Club,

11th Fed and 2nd £5 Ring Worksop (2) and 2nd £5 Ring last week out of Melton Mowbray.

   The late Les Wellburn & Sons Les & Derek were the winners of 1st and 4th Club at Middlesbrough with the fancied red card winner going onto win 1st 3 Bird Nom. Keith Hodge & Dennis Potter had a trio of babies on the clock to lift 2nd, 5th and 6th Club, with their fancied blue card potter taking 2nd 3 Bird Nom. Tony Goodison is in 3rd spot with the lads green card scorer netting 3rd 3 Bird Nom, it was good picking by the lads this week with all three 2 Bird Nom prizes gone in the first three positions.

   On Saturday 9th September the East Cleveland Federation 45 members Rivenhall entry of 1,048 birds were liberated at 8.15am in a north wind. Ian Stafford & Mark Wilson timed five birds to win 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club at Skinningrove. With the five youngsters recording vels of 1442 (x2), 1437, 1430.6 and 1430.4 to go onto win 1st, 2nd, 5th, 9th and 11th Fed. Sayers Bros Dave, Kenny & Brian potted 3rd Club, 4th Fed on 1440; while Keith Wren & Margaret Stone timed three of their squad two seconds apart to claim 14th, 15th and 16th Fed on 1424.0 and 1423.8 (x2).

   The inform Staithes loft of Andy Crooks records his sixth young bird win after timing three birds to win 1st, 2nd and 4th Club, with the well out in front red card winner achieving a top vel of 1441 which was enough to score a cracking 3rd Fed. Chris Cooke had three of his ten entries on the clock to chalk up a nice 3rd, 5th and 6th Club, with the green card being awarded to a chequer hen purchased direct from Francios Leys of Belgium. Second on the clock was a chequer hen bred down from a blue Frank Sheader bloodline cock stray Chris got in a couple of years ago, paired to chequer hen that was gifted to Chris as a young bird by former Clubmates Mike & Val Crooks. The third youngster on the clock was a smokey blue hen purchased from Richard Vingerhoets of Belgium.

   Mr & Mrs Bob & Barbara Moore recorded their second Brotton Six Bird Club win of the season after timing no less than three of their six entries to win 1st, 4th and 5th Club. With Bob & Barbara's red card winner achieving a chart topping vel of 1420 which was enough to score a nice 17th Fed; the youngster is recording it's second win of the season after winning a cracking 1st Club, 11th Fed Melton Mowbray from a convoy of 1,612 birds. The partnership of Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson & Tubby “Graham” Purver and loft helpers Ian “Evo” Everington & Franky were the second loft with three birds in the frame to chalk up a notable 2nd, 3rd and 6th Club, with their blue card scorer doing 1417.1 for 20th Fed.

   The Skelton Green loft of Derek Winspear & Son Mark enjoyed a cracking clocking day to notch up their fourth win in seven races after timing no fewer than four of their inform squad to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club from a five members entry of 102 birds. Bowden Bros Mick & Boss and loft helper Trevor Mitchell had a couple of birds in the frame to pocket 5th and 6th Club.

   Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson & Tubby “Graham” Purver and loft helpers Ian “Evo” Everington & Franky returned to the winners' enclosure in big style at Brotton H/S after clocking no fewer than five of their team to win a top notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Club; with the gangs pole position winner recording a chart topping vel of 1418 to net 18th Fed. The Husband & Wife partnership of Stuart & Joy Arkless put a halt to the clean sweep by taking 5th Club.

   The Marske & New Marske Partnership of the late Jack “The Lad” Brown & Tony Hunt returned to the winners' enclosure after filling no fewer than three chambers to win a cracking 1st, 2nd and 4th Club. With top spot being won by a chequer Van Gompel x Galaxy International hen on chipping eggs; while the blue card was chalked up by a blue hen feeding a five day old swab with similar breeding as Tony's red card winner. In cell three in the yellow card position was a blue Dirk Seppers Van Gompel cock feeding a big youngster, to round off a top team performance. Paul Longstaff & Jeff Moore stopped the dry rub by lifting 3rd Club with Paul & Jeff's green card scorer being a blue hen from Bradley, Jackson & Bainbridge of Bishop Auckland. 

   Moving onto the Teesside Federation who have now got over the 200 miles make when their entry of 450 birds was liberated at 7.55am. Keith Hodge & Dennis Potter of Middlesbrough H/S have finally broken the Billingham boys outstanding run of six consecutive young bird Federation wins after timing two blue cocks to win a brilliant 1st and 3rd Club, 1st and 14th Fed with vel of 1436 and 1351.3. With the duo's pole position winner that topped the Club charts by a massive 12 minutes also winning 1st £5 Ring and £70.00 in prize money. The lads green card potter was a blue cock who knocked out a vel of 1351.3. The loft of the late Wyn Cole, Stephen Wheatley & Grandson Connor are in 2nd spot with the lads blue card scoring chequer hen making 1370 for 7th Fed. While Tony Goodison timed one of his nine entries, a dark cock doing 1337 to net 4th Club, 17th Fed.

   Colin Atkinson & Alby Woodward returned to their  winning ways to record their third young bird win of the season at Billingham T U with the red card winner being a chequer cock achieving a top vel of 1435 which was enough to score a very nice 2nd Fed. Colin & Alby who won a brilliant 1st Club, 1st Fed and 4th Section 5 Pontefract (2) from a convoy of 5,795 birds and then won 1st Club, 1st Fed and 1st Section a week later with the same bird when there were 5,285 birds competing timed a later bird, a blue hen doing 1352 to claim 12th Fed. Ali McLeod had five birds on the clock to chalk up 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Club, 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th and 15th Fed. With the blue card being awarded to a blue hen doing 1379.2, with her being a Granddaughter of Brian Atkinson & Keith Perkins 1st UNC Gold Medal winning “Ollie”, while the Dam is from Mac's good racing cock “82” when paired to “46” the winner of 3rd UNC. The Bronze Medal winning little hen bred Fed winners in her first nest, her nestmate was sold to Jimmy Sandberg & Son Michael of Whitley Bay, Tyne North Fed, these two lads have enjoyed a terrific season with a number of Ali's birds flying very well for them. I met Jimmy & Michael a few years back and have to say they are two great lads who more than deserve their success. The green card was chalked up by a blue pied Vandenabeele hen who was timed one second after the blue card potter to achieve a vel of 1379.1; the hen who is out of “82” when paired to a full Sister to “Gaby Lou” is full Sister to the blue cock who won 1st Club, 1st Fed, 5th Section 5 Melton Mowbray when there were 4,335 birds competing. The young cock also scored 5th Club, 5th Fed a week later at Peterborough when beaten by three loftmates that won 1st, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 3rd and 4th Fed. Next came a chequer hen out of a Granddaughter of “Harry” and “Rudy” making 1360 which was enough to lift 2nd £5 Ring to bank £45.00 in prize money. She was followed by the blue pied cock who won 1st Club, 1st Fed out of Peterborough the previous race, this week he achieved a vel of 1353 to win the £5 Club pools. Ali's fifth and final timer was a blue pied hen knocking out a vel of 1340; with her being from pairings between a Daughter of Ali's 2nd and 8th UNC winner and his 3rd and 36th UNC winner paired onto Brian Atkinson & Keith Perkins 1st UNC winning “Ollie”. Tommy Clark & Son Gary timed a blue cock doing 1358 to lift 5th Club, 9th Fed and then clocked a chequer cock on 1338 to pot 16th Fed, and followed that up by timing a blue cock on 1335 for 18th Fed.

   Its young bird win number three of the season for Paul Gatley, Graham Harrod & Son Dale after timing three of their entries to win a very notable 1st, 3rd and 4th Club at Haverton Hill, with the lads pole position winner being a blue pied hen recording a chart-topping vel of  1400 to score a cushty 3rd Fed. Paul, Graham & Dale's green card lifter was a fancied blue hen doing 1357 to pocket 10th Fed and winning the Fed Nom, while the lads yellow card scoring chequer pied hen who won a top-notch 1st Club, 2nd Fed and 6th Section Melton Mowbray from a convoy of 4,335 birds knocked out a vel of 1334 for 19th Fed and round a a very notable performance. Barron Bros Tommy & Robbie had a couple of their team in the frame to lift 2nd and 5th Club with the blue being awarded to a blue pied hen achieving 1399 to net a notable 4th Fed. Tommy & Robbie's second timer was a blue hen doing 1328 to notch up 20th Fed.     

   The Up North Combine was at the Maidstone National on Saturday 16th September when the convoy of 11,055 had to wait for the weather to clear before being liberated at 8.30am in a north-west wind, which was going to be a very testing day for the youngsters. Starting at Skinningrove H/S where Ian Stafford & Mark Wilson took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 13th, 14th and 20th East Cleveland Federation from an entry of 982 birds, 34th, 43rd, 49th, 63rd, 90th, 133rd, 145th and 189th UNC with vels of 1197, 1191, 1188, 1181, 1173.8, 1166, 1163 and 1158. With the blue card scorer winning 1st £2 Fed Nom banking £65.00 in prize money. Mike Prokopowicz & Son Lee had a couple of youngsters on the clock to chalk up 9th and 10th Fed, 97th and 105th UNC; with their first being timer bred by Locker & Breckon of Loftus for the Loftus West Road Championship Club Breeder/Buyer which lifts 3rd in the event doing 1172.5 to pocket £700.00 each, while their second timer did 1170.7. B & K Simpson clocked a home-bred flying to the perch chequer Grondelaer x Stefaan Lambrechts hen doing 1167 to chalk up 12th Fed, 4th Loftus West Road Championship Club Breeder/Buyer pocketing Brian & Keith the £1,000 prize money, and going onto net 126th UNC.

   Terry Callan came up trumps after timing an early fancied youngster to win a top notch 1st Club Brotton H/S, 4th Fed, 2nd £2 Fed Nom pocketing £39.00 and 60th UNC. The inform loft of Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson & Tubby “Graham” Purver and loft helpers Ian “Evo” Everington & Franky had a couple of birds on the clock to lift a useful 2nd and 3rd Club with the blue card being awarded to a B & K Simpson Louis Cooreman gift youngster doing 1176 which was enough to chalk up a very nice 6th Fed and 75th Combine. Dave “Rooster” Storr timed a Harris & Richardson of Horden youngster to take 4th Club, with the yellow card potter being purchased at the Loftus West Road Championship Club Breeder/Buyer where it takes 16th position winning £150.00 each.

   Onto Skelton Green where we see the loft of Bowden Bros Mick & Boss and loft helper Trevor Mitchell timing a couple of previous scoring birds three seconds apart to win 1st and 2nd Club, 15th and 16th Fed, 173rd and 175th UNC with vels of 1160 and 1159. Mick, Boss & Trevor timed a later well-fancied youngster to win 1st £1 and £5 Fed Nom banking £111.00  in prize money. Derek Winspear & Son Mark enjoyed another good clocking day after timing no less than four birds to chalk up 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, with the green card potter being bred by A & J Coils & Son doing 1511.5 to lift 21st Fed, 190th UNC and 6th Loftus West Road Championship Club Breeder/Buyer winning £300.00 each. The duo's third timer is the same youngster that took 2nd Club the previous week out of Rivenhall when beaten by a loftmate, with the well-fancied baby going onto lift 3rd £2 Fed Nom netting £26.00 on 1152.

   Next stop is Marske & New Marske where Tony Hunt of the late Jack Brown & Hunt partnership has enjoyed a cracking season timing no fewer than five birds to win a top notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club to achieve his fourth young bird win, which gives Tony a season tally of a brilliant 12 x 1st Clubs. Top spot was won by the chequer Van Gompel x Galaxy International hen that won 1st Club Rivenhall the previous race; while the blue card scorer was a blue hen with similar breeding as the winner who is the Sister to Tony's 2nd Club Rivenhall scorer. In cell three was a blue Dirk Seppers Van Gompel cock who took 4th Club Melton Mowbray when beaten by a loftmate that took 3rd Club. The yellow card was awarded to the blue card potters Sister who also has a 3rd Club Melton Mowbray to her credit, meaning she is carding for the third time in four races. This was the members final race of the season, I would like to thank the lads for passing their info on their timers to Martin Hogarth throughout the season and also thanking Martin for emailing the info onto me. I have really enjoyed  reporting on Marske & New Marske this season. Thank you all.  

   Andy Crooks continues his winning form down at Staithes after timing four of his inform team to win 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club. Deano Ward nets 2nd Club, while Chris Cooke pockets 6th Club. Sorry I don't have the Brotton Six Bird Club result on hand. 

   Its an earth-shattering 13 x 1st Club and 10 x 1st Teesside Federation wins of the season for Ali McLeod of Billingham TU, for Ali timed a remarkable eight youngsters to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th Club, 1st, 2nd, 9th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 18th and 19th Fed out of an entry of 310 birds. With Mac's consistent pole position winner being the blue hen who is a Granddaughter of Brian Atkinson & Keith Perkins 1st UNC winning “Ollie”, while the Dam is from Mac's good racing cock “82” when paired to “46” the winner of 3rd UNC, that took 2nd Club, 5th Fed out of Rivenhall. This week with a chart topping winning vel of 1219 and after Mac stuck a pin in his pool sheet the hen went onto win 1st £5 Fed Pools banking £45.00, 2nd Section 5 and 5th UNC. The blue card was awarded to a blue Vandenabeele hen achieving a vel of 1212 to chalk up 5th Section and 13th UNC; the hens Sire is a latebred who is full Brother to Ali's 1st UNC winning “Gaby Lou”; while the Dam is from the original 03 birds Ali obtained from M & D Evans. Third on the clock was a blue hen doing 1152.4; with her being the nestmate to Mac's Federation winner. Four seconds later with a vel of 1152.2 came the blue pied hen who was 15th Fed the week before when beaten by three loftmates. She was followed by a blue pied hen on 1137, who took 14th Fed Worksop (2) when beaten by six loftmates that won a top drawer 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Fed, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Section 5 from a convoy of 4,534 birds. The hen also notched up 3rd Club, 6th Fed Rivenhall. Ali's final three timers that were clocked within 44 seconds of each other were a couple of blue cocks doing 1117 and 1115.7; and they were followed by a blue hen bred by Butto Bell & Weedall doing 1115.1 to win 1st Breeder/Buyer and £700.00 in prize money. The hen is the previous potter of 17th Fed Melton Mowbray when beaten by three loftmates that won 1st, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 4th and 5th Fed, 5th, 9th and 13th Section when there were 4,335 birds competing. Ali had already decided this was his last last of the season, meaning he missed sending to three of the nine young bird races. But on saying that, it was mission accomplished for the lad achieved a clean sweep in 2017. For Ali was the winner of the Old Bird Inland Federation Average with 78pts, with Tommy Clark & Son Gary being R/U on 66pts. Ali also won the Fed Channel with 37pts, with the late Les Wellburn & Sons Les & Derek being R/U on 19pts. Ali then won the Fed Young Bird Average with 62pts with Colin Atkinson & Alby Woodward being R/U on 37pts. Ali was also the winner of the Fed Combined Average with a total of 177pts, with Tommy Clarke & Son being R/U with 104pts. Ali's average winning season never stopped there for the very competitive and very hard to beat Ali was the winner of the Section 5 Old Bird Inland Average where there was up to 7,000 birds competing in some race, and winner of the Section Channel Average with 324pts, with R/U spot going to Long, Brown & Son on 180pts. Ali's outstanding young bird season won him the Section Young Bird Average on 190pts, with Thompson & Sons being R/U on 183pts with up to 5,000 birds going to some races. The Mighty Mac was also the winner of the Section Combined Average with a total of 514pts, with Long, Brown & Son being R/U with a total of 277pts.    

  Tommy Clark & Son Gary timed a couple of their 24 entries to chalk up a notable 3rd and 4th Club, with the green card going to a chequer hen doing 1180 to go onto score 4th Fed, winning 1st £5 Rings and £70.00, 16th Section and 65th UNC. The hen is the previous scorer of 2nd Club, 2nd Fed and 6th Section Pontefract (2), and she also netting 18th Fed out of Peterborough where she son the Fed Nom. The yellow card was awarded to a blue cock doing 1153 for 8th Fed.   

   Its win number two on the belt and third win in four races for the inform Haverton Hill loft of Paul Gatley, Graham & Dale Harrod after timing three blue hens to win 1st and 5th Club, 3rd, 12th and 16th Fed on 1201, 1138.32 and 1119. Paul, Graham & Dale's fancied red card winning hen went onto lift 2nd £5 Fed Pools pocketing £25.00, the hen who topped the Club charts by just over seven minutes also went onto net an outstanding 10th Section and 28th UNC. The second blue hen on the clock made 1138.32 while the third timer did 1119 Barron Bros Tommy & Robbie who have shown some promise in the past few races have come good again after clocking four of their entries to pot a notable 2nd and 3rd Club, 5th, 6th, 15th and 20th Fed. With Tommy & Robbie's blue card potter being a well-fancied dark cock achieving 1174 to win the Fed Nom, 15th Section and 70th UNC. The blue card scoring cock is the previous winner of 3rd Club, 18th Fed Worksop (2) and 1st Club, 10th Fed Peterborough. The green card was awarded to a blue hen doing 1174 which was enough to claim 2nd £5 Ring netting £45.00 and 85th Combine; while she was followed by a chequer cock doing 1133 and a blue pied cock knocking up a vel of 1115.0 to round off a very fine performance. Andrew Appleton & Paul Longstaff return to the frame after timing a blue hen doing 1159 to lift 4th Club 7th Fed and a blue cock on 1136 for 14th Fed. Colin Atkinson & Alby Woodward notch up 11th Fed on 1138.39, with Colin & Alby's timer being their very good chequer cock of Ali McLeod's “Harry” & “Rudy” bloodlines. With the cock being the previous winner of an outstanding 1st Club, 1st Fed, 4th Section Pontefract (2) from a convoy of 5,795 birds, and 1st Club, 1st Fed and 1st Section a week later from Worksop (1) when there were 5,285 birds competing.    

   The East Cleveland Federations final race of the 2017 racing season took place from Bubwith (3) on Saturday 23rd September when the 35 members entry of 791 birds were liberated at 8.40am into a south-south-west wind, which was going to be a very fast race. Tich Richards & Alice Marsay recorded their first young bird win of the season at Skinningrove H/S with their pole position winning youngster recording a top vel of 2002.1 which was enough to win a top notch 1st Fed. This is Tich and Granddaughter Alice's first Fed win of the season and Skinningrove H/S sixteenth Federation win this season out of the 28 races. Tich and Alice are the winners of the East Cleveland Federation Bird Of The Year, with an old bird that scored five times in the first 20 with a total of 45pts. B & K Simpson timed four flying to the perch youngsters in the space of one second to score 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Fed; Brian & Keith also timed a couple of later flying to the perch birds to lift 11th and 14th Fed. With the blue card being awarded to a dark Louis Cooreman hen achieving 1994.2; while the green was netted by a red Dirk Van Den Bulck cock bred by and sent up by Bob Fenech who touched down at the same time as the blue card scorer. Brian & Keith's next two timers that touched down together one second after the previous couple of timers recorded vels of 1993.5, with both timers being blue Louis Cooreman nestmate hens that are the previous scorers of 18th and 19th North Of England Homing Union Reed Futurity Race. The lads fifth timer was a blue Willy Jacobs cock bred by O'Roory Hill Stud doing 1956; while the duo's final timer was a blue Dirk Van Den Bulck cock bred by and sent up by Bob Fenech making a vel of 1927 to round off a notable performance to help win Brian & Keith the Club Combined Average (to add to their Old Bird Club Combined Average), R/U Club & Fed Young Bird Average and R/U Fed Combined Average. Mike Prokopowicz & Son Lee timed two birds sixteen seconds apart to pocket 6th and 8th Fed on 1989 and 1978; while Ian Stafford & Mark Wilson took 7th and 16th Fed on 1979 and 1914. Darren Sayers had two birds on the clock twenty seconds apart to pocket 9th and 15th Fed on 1971 and 1916; with Sayers Bros Dave, Kenny & Brian notching up 10th Fed on 1967 to round of a brilliant day in the Fed for the Skinningrove members.

   Moving onto Brotton H/S where the loft of Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson & Tubby “Graham” Purver and loft helpers Ian “Evo” Everington & Franky hit winning form for the third time with the young birds, with the pole position winner knocking out a top vel of 1905 to go onto score 17th Fed, to round off an all round fantastic season. Mr & Mrs Bob & Barbara Moore the Bubwith (1), Bubwith (2), Worksop (1) and Melton Mowbray Winners timed no fewer than four of their squad in the space of five seconds to chalk up a notable 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Club, 18th, 19th, 20th and 23rd Fed with vels of 1899 (x2), 1897 and 1896.3. Bob & Barbara have enjoyed another brilliant young bird season, I did call them “the young bird specialists” at the start of the young bird season and they have maintained that quote throughout the nine race young bird season. Bob & Barbara only housed a small team of 20 odd young bird this season, with some of the youngsters being gift birds bred by good friend and Bob's ex partner Dave Drinkhall of Guisborough from his Syndicate Lofts stock which have flown well for Bob & Barbara. The previous weeks winner Terry Callan pockets 5th Club, 21st Fed on 1896.8.

   Onto Skelton Green where Derek Winspear & Son Mark keep up their good form to record their five win of the season after timing a couple of  birds to win 1st and 6th Club from a eight members entry of 167 birds. Bowden Bros Mick & Boss and helper Trevor Mitchell also had two birds in the frame to lift 2nd and 3rd Club; while Eion Richardson pots the yellow and Tommy Welford claims 5th Club.  Andy Crooks recorded his eighth won the first six Club positions at Staithes   

  The Teesside Federations entry of 181 birds were liberated from Pontefract (3) at 9am flying into a south-south-west wind. Pride and place went to Butto Bell & Weedall of Billingham T U were first on the clock by a good three minutes to win a top notch 1st Club (3/59), 1st Fed, 7th Section 5 from a convoy of 2,078. With Butto and his mate John's pole position winner that was one of their seven entries being a blue Vandenabeele cock who is a Son of Ali McLeod's top producing “King James” recording a chart topping vel of 1827. Gentleman Butto & John have shown some promise with the young birds this timed around with them having three birds on the clock at Pontefract (1) to chalk up a very nice 7th, 8th and 9th Fed out of an entry of 391 birds. And the duo followed that up by taking a notable 3rd and 5th Club, 4th and 12th Fed out of Worksop (1) when there were 811 birds competing. A single youngster was on the clock at Melton Mowbray to pocket 6th Club, 9th Fed out of 645 birds, so the lads have done well for themselves out of their team of 30 young birds. Colin Atkinson & Alby Woodward clocked a chequer hen and a blue cock doing 1731 and 1646 to chalk up 2nd Club, 2nd and 12th Fed; a later fancied chequer cock was timed to win the Fed Nom. While Tommy Clark & Son timed eight birds to net 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 3rd, 5th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Fed with vels of 1685, 1683, 1663, 1648, 1608, 1607, 1581 and 1580.     

  Moving onto Haverton Hill where the inform loft of Paul Gatley, Graham Harrod & Son Dale achieved their third win on the trot to record their fifth young bird win from nine races, after timing four birds to win 1st and 2nd Club, 4th, 6th, 17th and 18th Fed. With Paul, Graham & Dale's red card winner being a chequer hen doing 1684, with the hen recording her second win of the season after winning a brilliant 1st Club, 2nd Fed, 6th Section Melton Mowbray from a convoy of 4,335 birds. The blue card was awarded to a blue cock that was timed three seconds after the winner to knock out a vel of 1682. The lads third timer was a blue cock doing 1577.5; with the cock being the previous winner of 1st Club, 14th Fed Pontefract (2) when there were 850 birds competing. One second later came a blue hen on 1577.1 to round off a very notable performance. Barron Bros Tommy & Robbie had no fewer than five of their entries on the clock to chalk up a very nice 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 7th, 8th, 9th, 19th and 20th Fed. With the green card going to a chequer cock doing 1674.4; while the yellow was awarded to a chequer cock that touched down the same time as the green card potter. The young cock is the previous scorer of 2nd Club, 17th Fed Peterborough when beaten by a loftmate that won 1st Club, 10th Fed. Three seconds later came a blue hen making 1673 with her being the previous scorer of 4th Club, 20th Fed Peterborough when beaten by two loftmates. Tommy & Robbie's fourth timer was a blue cock on 1574 who netted 20th Fed the previous race out of the Maidstone National when beaten by three loftmates that took 2nd, 3rd and 6th Club, 5th, 6th and 15th  Fed. And he was followed by a blue hen doing 1564.

   McCarthy, Son & Profitt ended their season on a high at the Beechwood & Easterside after timing no fewer than four youngsters to win a top notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Club. While Derek Gibson & Burnip took the other 4th and 6th positions. Mr & Mrs George Dobbs wins pole position at Middlesbrough H/S with the red card being won by a youngsters purchased from a batch of six bred by Dixon & Son of York.

   Sadly we have lost six fanciers/former fanciers of late, after the passing of Janet Marsay of Staithes, Tony Trattles and Chippy Cush of Loftus, George Berry of Liverton Mines, John Bannon of Dundee and Keith Gregory of Billingham. Janet was a really lovely lady who helped out at the loft of her Husband John Marsay & Son Colin for a number of years, Janet was there helping John & Colin when they won 1st Up North Combine young bird Maidstone National in 1991 from a convoy of 24,621 birds. And 1st Up North Combine old bird Folkestone (1) National from a convoy of 23,643 birds in 1993. Janet was a tireless worker for the Club when John was Club Secretary, Janet would often run raffles to raise money for the Club and always put in more than her share right up to the day the family left the sport. Former Skinningrove and Brotton man Chippy would always be on hand to help his Son Ricky out with the pigeons, and did so until he moved into a bungalow in Loftus later in life. I knew Chippy all my life as we lived near him and his late Wife Nancy when they lived at Skinningrove and Chippy worked at Skinningrove's British Steel Works. Tony was a lifelong member of the sport with him flying with his Brother Steve for a great number of years before they went to fly on their own. Tony's Pigeon dream came true in 2010 when he won 1st Up North Combine Lillers (2) with “Lecter” from a convoy of 11,706 birds. Tony kept soldiering on through life despite his illness and kept going to the loft until it was no longer possible.

George was another lifelong member of the sport, I visited him as few years ago to put together a loft report after 80 years in Pigeons. I have to say that was my most interesting report ever, due to George's Second World War stories. After leaving the Army George had a number of jobs including working down the mine to laying flag and kerb stones on the building sites. George who won 1st Up North Combine young bird Hatfield National in 1976 from a convoy of 13,890 birds had a good life living to the ripe old age of 92 years old.

The late George Berry of  Liverton Mines, East Cleveland Federation.

 

John is the Father of my very good Scottish friend Steven, I met John a couple of times when him and Steven stayed at the same Blackpool Show hotel as me. And I have to say what a cracking man he was, it was a great pleasure to have known him. John & Steven had planned their 2017 season not knowing that John was going to have a big health battle on his hands, the Father & Son partnership got on with their racing the best they could and what a season they enjoyed ending up top loft in their Club.

Hayden with Steven and the late John Bannon of Dundee at The Rhyl Hotel, for the British Homing Show Of The Year.

 

Keith flew in the partnership of Jeff Huggert & Keith Gregory, who enjoyed much success in their time together. The passing of six very good and popular people who are going to be greatly missed by their families and friends. Rest In Peace.

The late Keith Gregory of Billingham TU, Teesside Federation.

 

   Right that's me finally up to date with the race results, so I will sign off until next time. Any news to Good Corn 6 Boulby Drive Loftus, Saltburn, Cleveland TS13 4JN. Tel; 01287 643624 or Email; goodcorn@virginmedia.com

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