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The Joe Murphy Column

In my article of 24th November I stated that Gerald Macpherson’s winner of the Dewar Trophy for Scotland’s bird of the year was bred by Jack Alexander of Monifieth which was NOT TRUE. Her sire was bred by Jack from a cock direct from the late John Ellis of Wellbank fame when mated to a hen that won twice in the SNFC. The dam of the Dewar Trophy winner was purchased by Gerald and is a full sister to Mark Gilbert’s famous hen ‘Melisa’ winner of 1st International Agen. Therefore Gerald bred and raced the Dewar Trophy winner and her only night out in her life was from the Alencon Gold Cup race. In all my time covering Scottish pigeons in the press I cannot remember of another YEARLING winning this prestigious trophy I may be wrong and I hope someone can inform me if any other yearling has achieved this goal. My apologies to Gerald for this mistake regarding the breeding of his hen and once again congratulate him on a very good season well done.

Good SNFC Birds

This week I start with another household name in the pigeon sport in Scotland the ever consistent Willie Kinnear & sons Barry and Brian of Edinburgh. Their blue bar cock SU14P 1821 has won 5 times in the SNFC with the following positions. As a yearling he won 133rd open from Eastbourne a distance of 383 miles; the following year he won twice being 30th section B 75th open from Littlehampton a distance of 368 miles and he was then entered into the Ypres race and won 32nd section B 56th open flying 429 miles. This year he again had 2 national races and won 92nd section B 343rd open from Bedhampton a distance of 360 miles and again he was sent to Ypres and won 45th section B 139th open so requires one more section diploma from the channel to win a SNFC Silver Award and we wish him well. We now come to the Lumsden & Colligan of Stoneyburn partnership who also have a bird that has won 5 times in the Scottish national and has done so within the past 2 years. He is a chequer pied cock SU14W 1380 who won 3 times in the 2016 season being 13th section D 128th open from Littlehampton a distance 371 miles. The then won 5th section D 172nd open from Buckingham a distance of 286 miles; and was then entered into the Ypres race and won 203rd open but no section prize flying 438 mile. This year 2017 he won 35th section D 333rd open from Bedhampton a distance of 362 miles and once again sent to Ypres this time winning a section prize being 11th section D and also 89th open. He requires one more section prize from the channel to gain a Silver Award and we wish him well, a good pigeon flown by a very good pigeon partnership well done lads; our next pigeon has also won 5 times from the national and like the Lumsden & Colligan partnership has done so in the past 2 years. This bird a blue white flight cock SU15L 394 raced by Mr & Mrs Elliot of Newbigging. In 2016 he won twice being 7th section E 207th open from Littlehampton a distance of 360 miles he was then sent back to the last old bird race from Roye a distance of 491 miles and won 13th section E 96th open. This year 2017 he competed from 3 national races and won 39th section E 218th open from Buckingham a distance of 276 miles he then went back to Bedhampton and won 52nd section E 437th open flying 351 miles and once again was over the channel this time to Ypres were he won 74th section E but no open diploma flying 429 miles and like the above requires one more section prize to gain a Silver Award.  We now come to another pigeon that has won 5 times in the national this blue bar cock SU13F 4056 belongs to Jimmy Mackie of Methil. As a 2 year old he won 7th section C 29th open from Billericay flying 347 miles he was then sent to Portsmouth and won 19th section C 90th open from a distance of 378 miles. In 2016 he again competed from both inland nationals winning 415th open from Buckingham flying a distance of 301 miles he then went to Littlehampton and won 100th section C and 412th open flying 386 miles. This year 2017 he was entered into the hard Falaise race when he won 7th section C 24th open flying 522 miles. He now requires one inland national section prize to gain his Meritorious Bronze award and we wish him good luck for the future.

This week’s photographs

Received some old photographs from Jim Hannah of Blantyre that he thought might be of interest to readers of the column as this is a busy time just now as I require to have at least 5 articles completed by now and Christmas. The first picture is of a group of fanciers at a pigeon show I think some of them may have been judges as they have a badge on their lapel.

Then we have two pictures of a young Andrew Deans of Bothwell in Lanarkshire the first is of him with Eddie Newcombe and his wife Ruth.

With the next picture he is being presented with a trophy from the late Percy Cameron who was SNFC President from 1962 till 1983.

The dark Grizzle Hen is the famous ‘Faith’ Scotland’s first 1000 mile record holder she was rung SU54A 8921 and was bred and raced by W G Davidson of Stevenson in Ayrshire. She flew 1033 miles in 8 days 23 hours 50 minutes in 1960 and was probably the only pigeon in the UK to fly 1033 miles TWICE. 

Joe’s Joke

An elderly couple were having dinner one evening when the husband reached across the table, took his wife's hand in his and said, "Martha, soon we will be married 50 years, and there's something I have to know. In all of these 50 years, have you ever been unfaithful to me? Martha replied, "Well Henry, I have to be honest with you. Yes, I've been unfaithful to you on three occasions during these 50 years, but always for a good reason. Henry was obviously hurt by his wife's confession, but said, "I never suspected. Can you tell me what you mean by 'good reasons?' Martha said, "The first time was shortly after we were married, and we were about to lose our little house because we couldn't pay the mortgage. Do you remember that evening I went to see the banker and the next day he notified you that the loan would be extended? Henry recalled the visit to the banker and said, "I can forgive you for that. You saved our home, but what about the second time?" Martha asked, "Do you remember when you were so sick, but we didn't have the money to pay for the heart surgery you needed? Well, I went to see your doctor one night and, if you recall, he did the surgery at no charge."  "I recall that," said Henry. "And you did it to save my life, so of course I can forgive you for that... Now tell me about the third time." "All right," Martha said. "So do you remember when you ran for president of your golf club, and you needed 53 more votes? 

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