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“The Original” Around The Up North Combine

“JimmyJean” Wins 1st Up North Combine and Queens Cup Roye

By Good Corn

  

The Up North Combine held two races Roye and Newark Cattle Mart on the 9th June, with the Roye birds setting off for France on Thursday 6th June, the weather committee put their votes forward on Friday 7th June and voted to a 24 hour delay in basketing for the Newark Cattle Mart race the following day due to the very poor weather forecast for Saturday, come the next morning the committee voted to basket the birds 2 hours earlier than normal for a Sunday race.

 

 

On Sunday 9th June the East Cleveland Federations 52 members entry of 931 birds were liberated at 08.30 into a south-west wind with a very fast race on the cards for the second inland race running. The inform Brotton H/S loft of Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson, Tubby “Graham” Purver,  Evo “Ian” Everington & Frankie Roland brilliantly recorded their third consecutive Club and Federation win after timing a couple of their team to win an outstanding 1st and 3rd Club, 1st and 5th Fed with vels of 1759 and 1749.8. With the gang’s chart-topper being a 2y and their green card potter being a yearling, Golly has forgot to text me his timer’s info but I will add it to my next report. Bill Ward and grand/son Shaun of the W & S Ward partnership had a good clocking day after timing no less than five birds to notch up a most impressive 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Club, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 16th Fed on 1751, 1749, 1748, 1746, 1741.    

 

 

 

The late George Skidmore & grand/sons Michael & Liam were the well out in front winners at Lingdale with the red card winning 2y achieving top vel of 1756 which was enough to score an impressive 2nd Federation.

 

 

 

Onto Skinningrove H/S where Sayers Bros Dave, the late Kenny & Brian timed five birds in the space of seven seconds to win a belting 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Club, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th and 17th Fed with vels of 1743.7 (2), 1743.4, 1742.6, 1741.7. The partnership of B & K Simpson timed three of their entries in the space of four seconds to lift 4th Club, 12th, 14th and 18th Fed on 1742.8, 1742.5, 1741.7, with Brothers Brian & Keith's yellow card scoring 2y chequer Willy Jacobs hen bred by O'Roory Hill Stud, Ireland being the previous scorer of 4th Club, 7th Fed Worksop beaten by two loft mates, 15th Fed Oakham behind two loft mates, 4th Club, 6th Fed Oakham when beaten by a loft mate who won 1st Club, 1st Federation. The hen who wins the Club £5 Nom is chalking for the second time this season after netting 4th Club, 11th Fed Newark Show Ground beaten by two loft mates that won 1st and 2nd Club, 4th and 8th Federation. Brian & Keith's second timer was a 1y Dirk Van Den Bulck bred by Bob Fenech that notched up 5th Club, 7th Fed young bird Bubwith (2), and next came a yearling blue pied Louis Cooreman hen who was 18th Fed out of Newark Show Ground beaten by three loft mates. Mike Prokopowicz & son Lee timed a couple of yearlings two seconds apart to pocket 15th and 19th Fed on 1741.9 and 1741.4 with their first timer being a chequer Anthony Thompson x Alan Dungworth hen; while Mick & Lee's second bird on the clock was a chequer cock bred by R Macnaly & Son of  Birmingham.   

 

 

 

The Brotton 6 Bird Club partnership of W & S Ward rack up their second win on the trot after timing no fewer than three of their six entries to win a cracking 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club. With Bill and grand/son Shaun's pole position winner being a yearling bred by John Barnard of Guisborough that achieved a winning vel of 1752 to go onto score a notable 3rd Fed. The blue card was chalked up by a 3y Homer & Williams of Grangetown Leo Heremans cock, while the green card was potted by a Leo Heremans hen who is a previous winner of 1st Club in the Brotton H/S and also winning 1st Club in the Brotton 6 Bird Club. Bill & Shaun are enjoying another very good old bird season with the duo now having a number of wins to their credit. Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson, Tubby “Graham” Purver,  Evo “Ian” Everington & Frankie Rolands had a couple of birds in the frame to lift 4th and 5th Club with the yellow going to a Evo yearling Lambrecht hen, and she was followed by a 2y blue Derek Porter hen. The loft of Frank & Brenda Reilly & son Wayne claims the final Club point after taking 6th with a yearling chequer Heremans Ceusters cock who won as a young bird. 

 

 

 

The Untouchables Bowden Bros Mick & Boss and Trevor Mitchell record their ninth consecutive win at Skelton Green after timing no less than five of their inform team to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Club. Leading the way for Mick, Boss & Trevor was a yearling blue Van Loon cross hen knocking up a vel of 1338 to net 20th Fed; and four seconds later in the blue card position came a 2018 bred chequer Drum lines x Van Loon cock of Syndicate Lofts bloodlines on 1737 for 21st Fed. The green card was awarded to a 1y blue white flight Busschaert cock while the yellow was taken by a yearling Di Caprio x Harry lines Syndicate Lofts cock, and he was followed by a yearling Drum lines x Van Loon again from Syndicate Lofts. The loft of Bill Chapman, sons Steve & Colin and the late Tommy Swinburne stepped up to put a stop to a clean sweep and claim 2 Club points by timing a 3y chequer Wildemeersch hen to pocket 5th Club and follow up her previous weeks 6th Club.    

 

 

 

Jimmy Reed has taken the Club by storm again this week for the lad wins the first five positions and the Club Nom at Marske & New Marske with his roundabout team to record this eighth win of the season so far. With top spot going to a yearling blue cock on 1724 for 24th Fed; the red card winning cock who took 3rd Club the previous week out of Chelmsford (2) when beaten by 2 loft mates is out of the late Jack Brown & Tony Hunt x Graham Jones of Guisborough bloodlines. The blue card was chalked up by a 2018 bred blue Vandenabeele hen bred out of Jimmy's own stock and making 1713 for 28th Fed; the hen is no stranger on the clock after winning 2 x 1st, 3 x 2nd and a 4th Club. The much inform Jimmy's green card scorer was a 3y chequer cock who netted 2nd Club last race out of Chelmsford (2), this week the cock who is a grand/son of Clubmate Tony Hunt's “SED Cock” takes 30th Fed on 1709. In cell four in the yellow card position came a yearling who is the nestmate to Jimmy's blue card potter out of bloodlines of the late Jack Brown & Tony Hunt x Graham Jones of Guisborough, the timer is the previous winner of a 1st and 2nd Club as a young bird.

 

 

 

The Haverton Hill, Teesside Federation loft of Stewart “Lewie” Lewis, Amber & Coby McCabe enjoyed a clean sweep by winning the first five Club positions out of an entry of 64 birds to record their fourth win of the season. With top spot being won by a well-fancied yearling blue cock racking up a red card winning vel of 1674 to win the Club £1 pool banking £27.30. While the blue card potter that was timed 15 seconds after the winner was a 3y blue cock doing 1670 and the green was claimed by a 2018 bred chequer cock making 1648.6, and he was followed by the yellow card claiming 2y blue cock who was timed 2 seconds after his loft mate to achieve 1648.1. Lewie's first win of the season came from Bubwith on the opening day of the season when he won 1st Club, 1st Fed; it was all smiles again for Lewie at the Folkestone National when he won 1st Club, 1st Fed, 117th Up North Combine from a convoy of 15,161 birds. Lewie's third win of the year came out of Chelmsford (2) when he won 1st Club, 2nd Federation. 

 

 

Stephen Bousfield & sons Mark & Stephen enjoyed a good day at the Stockton West End, Tees Valley Federation after timing no less than four of their squad to win a belting 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club with vels of 1668, 1642.5, 1642.5, 1639. With the lads red card winner being a 3y blue cock bred by Mr & Mrs Godfrey & Susan Dee & son Bobby of Great Ayton, the blue cock is no stranger in the winners' enclosure for he now has 4 x 1st Clubs to his credit. Mr & Mrs Cuthbert chalk up 2nd Club on 1653.

 

 

Ali “ Mac” McLeod of Billingham T U H/S winner of 1st Up North Combine and the Queens Cup Roye.

 

After three nights in the race basket and a one-day holdover the Up North Combine Chief Convoyer Peter Maw liberated the convoy of 6,476 birds from the French race point Roye at 05.50 on Sunday 9th June flying into a light south-west wind. The Roye race was also the North of England Homing Union Queens Cup race. I’m over the moon to say Congratulations to my very good friend Ali “ Mac” McLeod of Billingham T U H/S who enjoyed a fantastic race after timing no fewer than six of his channel team to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club out of 42 birds, 1st, 6th, 8th, 11th, 13th and 19th Teesside Federation from an entry of 179 birds. With Mac's pole position winner that knocked out a winning vel of 1499.8 to go onto win 1st Section 5 from an entry of 1,174 birds and a outstanding 1st Up North Combine winning the “Northcliffe Trophy” the “Heron Memorial Trophy”, the “Stranton H/S Silver Pigeon Trophy”, the “Stan Hollis D – Day Trophy”, a Combine Gold Medal and £100 kindly sponsored by Mr & Mrs Patterson. The Gold Medal winner named “JimmyJean” after Ali's late mother & father is a 2018 bred Vandenabeele hen who took a little over 7 hours 25 minutes to cover the 379 miles home. The hen who was in top-notch condition when I handled her a few hours after her top-drawer performance had netted before her Gold Medal winning performance after taking 3rd Club, 7th Fed Folkestone National where she was beaten by a couple of her loft mates who won 1st and 2nd Club, 3rd and 5th Federation. “JimmyJean” who is beautiful in the hand also chalked up 2nd Club, 6th Fed from the Belgian race point Ypres when she was beaten by a loft mate that won 1st Club, 4th Federation. She then went onto score 18th Fed out of Chelmsford (2) where she was beaten by eight loft mates, before her Combine win.

 

 Butto Bell, Tommy Barron, James McLeod, Brian Atkinson, Ali McLeod, Keith Perkins, Paul Longstaff & Colin Atkinson of the Teesside Federation enjoying a celebration drink.

 

Onto the sire of “JimmyJean” who has more than proved himself on the road for he is the previous winner of 2 x 1st Teesside Federations, with him been bred from a full brother to the sire of Ali's 2015 1st Up North Combine Gold Medal Burbure winner “Gaby Lou” when there was 10,617 birds competing. The two cocks are from Ali's number one Koen Minderhoud hen he purchased from Mark & Dickie Evans way back in 2003, the mother of Mac's loft is the dam, g/dam and g/g/dam to hundreds of winners at Club, Federation and Section level from big birdage. The dam of “JimmyJean” is from Mac's 2017 breeder/buyer winner which I'm sure was run by the Tees Valley Federation, when £1,800 in prize money was won. He in turn is from Clubmates Brian Atkinson & Keith Perkins 1st Up North Combine old bird Folkestone (2) National Gold Medal winning “Ollie” in 2010 from a convoy of 17,366 birds, when paired to a hen he gave Brian & Keith from Mac's top racing pied cock the winner of an outstanding 2nd and 8th Up North Combine. Sire to Mac's top racing cocks “82” and “29” who have been mentioned in this column many times, paired to Mac's 3rd and 36th Up North Combine winning pied hen. This is Ali's third 1st Up North Combine winning performance after his Combine win with “Gaby Lou” in 2015 and his first 1st Up North Combine win in 1991 from the old bird Folkestone National with a 2y chequer Wildemeersch cock named “Little Grinni” out of a convoy of 22,375 birds when flying in the partnership of Ali McLeod & Keith Perkins who were a real force in their time together, two Pigeon men who know more than their share on Pigeons. Ali is always hard to beat with him been the highest prize-winner numerous of times over the years where he has been known to win all the Teesside Federation averages in the same season.

Family affair James, son Thomas & Ali McLeod

 

This season is no different to any other season for Ali for he has won 8 x 1st Clubs and 5 x 1st Federations so far and believe me his winning performances have not stopped here. The week before his Gold Medal winning performance, Ali won 1st Club, 1st Federation, 1st Section Chelmsford (2) from an entry of 3,272 birds. This 1st Up North Combine win proved to be very emotional for Ali as he remembered how his mam & dad supported him when he first started with Pigeons as a kid, the only thing missing from this fantastic achievement was his parents were not here to celebrate his fantastic win. Memories live on and naming his Combine winner “JimmyJean” was a very fitting tribute to his late parents Jimmy & Jean. Every top flyer has his doubters and knockers, but the outspoken Ali has had more than his share, even down to the rummer going around he refused “JimmyJean” to be drug tested. “JimmyJean” has been drug tested by the North of England Homing Union. I would like to thank Peter Bennett for the photo of “JimmyJean”. 

 

 

 

The consistent channel flyers Andrew “Jappa” Appleton & Paul Longstaff enjoyed a great clocking day after timing four of their team to win a top notch 1st and 2nd Club, 3rd, 4th, 12th and 14th Fed at Haverton Hill from an entry of 48 birds, 35th, 54th and 230th Combine. With the red card winner being a fancied 2y blue Billy Mac of Boldon x Ali McLeod Vandenabeele hen doing 1470 to win the 25p Club pool pocketing £15.61 and 1st £10 Club Nom banking another £115.00. The blue card was chalked up by a yearling blue P & D Lofts lines cock making 1460. with Jappa & Paul's next two timers, a yearling chequer hen and a 3y blue hen doing 1421 and 1408. The loft of Paul Gatley, Bob Harrod & son Dale had no less than five of their over the pond team on the clock to lift 2nd and 5th Club, 5th, 9th, 16th, 17th and 18th Fed, 67th and 117th UNC on 1456, 1439, 1403, 1402, 1393. Stewart “Lewie” Lewis, Amber & Coby McCabe nets 4th Club with a well-fancied yearling chequer hen on 1453 which was enough to win the Club £1 pool pocketing £27.00, 2nd £10 Club Nom lifting £60.00, 8th Fed and 2nd Fed Pools stashing away another £25.00 and 79th UNC. I always thought Lewie had trouble with moles on his allotment, but I later found out they were not mole hills around his loft, but mounds from where he's burying his money.    

 

 

 

Moving onto the Stockton West End where the loft of Chris McIntosh wins 1st Club, 5th Fed out of 291 birds, with the 2y mealy pied hen flying 378 birds achieving 1420 for 240th UNC. F Birch pots 2nd Club, 19th Fed with a 4y blue cock on 13.74; a 3y blue cock was on the clock out of Brighton to lift 9th Fed and 2nd £2 Fed Nom.  

 

 

 

Onto the East Cleveland Federation and starting at Brotton H/S where the much inform loft of Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson, Tubby “Graham” Purver, Evo “Ian” Everington & Frankie Roland achieved a brilliant loft performance winning the first nine Club positions. With the red card winner being a yearling blue hen out of a De Rauw Sablon x Van Loon x Porous cock when paired to a Jack Cornes gift hen who has bred a 5th Up North Combine winner. The winner record a chart-topping vel of 1499.4 which was more than enough to win 1st East Cleveland Federation from a 49 members entry of 495 birds and 2nd Up North Combine winning a Combine Silver Medal, to add to the Silver Medal they won from Burbure 2 (sub Roye) last season when they won 2nd and 4th UNC and the “Danish Cup of Friendship Trophy”. The blue card scorer was a yearling blue cock doing 1447 to net 4th Fed, 96th UNC, with the cock being out of Golly & Linda's good channel cock the winner of 6 x 1st Clubs which is a fantastic achievement. Third on the clock in the green card position came a 3y blue Van Loon cock bred by Evo and doing 1437 to pot 6th Fed, 125th UNC; while the yellow was claimed by a home-bred 1y blue hen doing 1422 for 12th Fed, 222nd Combine; and she was followed by a 2y chequer cock bred by Tubby's friend Nev and next on the clock was a 2017 bred blue cock to round off a fantastic race for Golly, Linda, Tubby, Eve & Frankie

 

 

 

Eion Richardson is a very popular winner at Skelton Green 5/61 after timing two of his entries to win 1st and 5th Club with pole position being won by a 2y blue pied hen bred by Kevin & Merv Brown and Sacker Cole of Brotton, with a top vel of 1457 the well out in front red card winning blue pied hen went onto score a brilliant 2nd Federation. Lifetime fancier Eion's second timer was a 2017 bred chequer hen from Kent through the old Busschaert lines, which have been good honest Pigeons for numerous of fanciers over the years. I was just thinking about Eion the other day of the times when he flew a very good channel bird in the 70s and 80s, he also won inland in them days but his channel performances have always stuck with me. I thought it strange of Eion winning after I had not long thought about his racing years, well done Eion it good to see you back in the winners' enclosure. Eion is in hospital at the moment so I wish him a speedy recovery.

Tony Bannister holding Eion Richardson's 1st Club, 2nd Fed, 62nd Up North Combine Roye winner.

Tony “Simply The Best” Bannister has been helping Eion out at the loft this season. The inform loft of Bowden Bros Mick & Boss and Trevor Mitchell are in 2nd spot with the lads blue card potter being a 3y Van Loon hen making 1449. Des Williams and Roger Wall return into the frame after timing a couple of their entries to lift 3rd and 6th Club with the green card going to a 2y Busschaert hen, and she was followed by a yearling blue hen through Anth Mo ore’s bloodlines. Terry Stonehouse is in the points after clocking a 3y blue De Rauw Sablon cross hen to pot 4th Club.     

 

 

Lee & Mike Prokopowicz of Skinningrove winning 1st Club, 5th East Cleveland Federation, 98th Up North Combine Roye.

 

Mike Prokopowicz & son Lee recorded their first win of the season at Skinningrove 13/150 after timing no less than three of their entries to win a notable 1st and 3rd Club, 5th, 13th and 19th Fed on 1446, 1417.6, 1401 with top spot being won by a 2y blue hen bred by Chris Vasey. The green card was awarded to a fancied yearling chequer hen taking 2nd £2 Fed Nom pocketing £30.00, the home-bred sire of the hen bred Mike & Lee's 2nd Up North Combine young bird Silver Medal winner in 2016, while the dam of the green card claiming hen bred by Wayne Doonan is a previous 1st Club, 1st Federation winner and scorer of other minor positions. Third on the clock came a yearling bred by former Staithes flyer Brian Clennan who won 1st Up North Combine young bird Maidstone National in 2001 with “Libby” from a convoy of 16,795 birds when flying as Byron & Clennan. Sayers Bros Dave, the late Kenny & Brian had a couple of 2y and a yearling on the clock to lift 2nd and 4th Club, 10th, 14th, 18th Fed on 1423, 1415, 1401.4. The partnership of the late Gordon “Shang” Peirson MBE, sons Sack & Jim and loft helpers Trevor McConnell and his son Bobby clocked a 3y   of Soderlund & Maddison bloodlines on 1405 to pocket 5th Club, 16th Federation.         

 

 

 

Moving onto the Brotton 6 Bird Club 5/27 where the loft of Kevin & Merv Brown & Sacker “Bill” Cole have come good after timing two of their team to win a cracking 1st and 4th Club. With Kevin his father Merv and Sacker's red card winner being a 3y blue hen of Freddie Even-handed lines making 1397 for 23rd Federation; while the yellow card was netted by a Loftus Championship Club Breeder/Buyer purchase. It was good to see Sacker out and about after his very worrying time in hospital, it was unreal what Sacker has been through. I'm sure the East Cleveland Federation members wish Sacker a full recovery. Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson, Tubby “Graham” Purver, Evo “Ian” Everington & Frankie Rolands are in 2nd spot with a 3y blue Graham “Watto” Wattis x John Soderlund & John Maddison hen. Andrew & Gavin Doe, Dillon “John” Swales and the late Sandy Sanderson come into the frame after timing a 2y to take 3rd Club; with Frank & Brenda Reilly & son Wayne notching up 6th Club with a 3y Heremans Ceusters blue cock. 

 

 

 

Its win number seven for Jimmy Reed at Marske & New Marske 2/11 with the red card winner being a 3y blue hen recording a vel of 1369 to pocket 37th Fed; the chart-topping hen that is bred out of Brian Maud of Redcar stock is the previous scorer of 2nd Club Burbure. The partnership of Paul Longstaff, Jeff Moore & Ronnie Mackay the winners of 1st Club, 22nd Fed Folkestone National and 1st Club, 5th Fed, 1st £1, £2, £5 Fed Noms and 75th= Up North Combine Ypres from a convoy of 12,043 birds with the same bird filled a couple of chambers to lift a useful 2nd and 3rd Club. With the blue card being awarded to a 2y blue widower bred out of Anth Moore stock doing 1367 for 37th Federation. The green card was netted by a 2017 bred widower making 1364 for 41st Fed, with the timer being bred by Anth Moore of Guisborough.  

 

 

 

Barry “Smiler” Kettlewell was the well out in front winner at Lingdale with Barry's red card winner being a 2y achieving 1391 for 25th Federation. The late George Skidmore & grand/sons Michael & Liam Jackson are in 2nd place with a 2y. Onto Boosbeck where Ian “Knocker” Brown had a couple of 2y on the clock to win 1st and 2nd Club, 28th and 30th Fed on 1375 and 1374. David Coates pockets 3rd Club, 32nd Fed with a 2y doing 1373.

 

 

*Stop Press* The Loftus partnership of Nev Wheatley & “Rocket Ron” Scott hits the winner’s enclosure in outstanding style after timing their 2y chequer cock to win a top-notch 1st Club out of a eleven members entry of 90 birds, 7th Fed and 154th UNC on 1432. The sire of Nev & Rocket Ron's pole position winner is a Busschaert bred by the late Tony Trattles of Ray Callender lines, while the dam of the lad’s winner was bred by Kevin & Merv Brown & Sacker Cole of Brotton through their Homer & Williams stock. The loft of Ian Harris & Ian “Shot Gun Kelly” clocked a well-fancied 3y doing 1428 to lift a notable 2nd Club, 8th Fed, 1st £2 Fed Nom banking £50.00 and 166th UNC. While Derek “Golly” Foster nets 3rd Club, 9th Fed and 176th UNC with a yearling on 1427; while Jan Bailes & Family which includes husband Chris, Jan's TV was broke (should have gone to Radio Rentals) for a while so there's not enough space to name all her family clocked a 3y on 1422.7 for 11th Fed, 221st Combine. I have to say that Jan does very well to get to the birds every day as the lass is not in the best of health, I see often see Jan going to and from the loft on her mobile scooter, no matter the weather. Keith & Matty Arkless timed an Irish bred 2y to take 5th Club, 15th Fed on 1409 and they were followed by Jim & Julie Kelly who clocked a yearling doing 1399 for 20th Fed and round all a notable day’s performance in the Fed for the Loftus members.

 

 

 

The NEHU Centenary Brighton race was help on the same day as the Newark and Roye races but I will report on that next time. With that I will sign off for another week.  Any news to Good Corn 6 Boulby Drive Loftus Saltburn Cleveland TS13 4JN. Tel: 01287 643624 or Email goodcorn@talktalk.net

 

 

 

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