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The Joe Murphy Column


Kevin decided to enter 9 of his youngsters that returned home on their own initiative from his disastrous first race; into the Tow Law race held on the 24th August with the Arbroath club. He managed to get 8 of them home and has decided to call it a day as he has other projects to carry out within his home. We have both discussed the young bird losses and have decided to dispose of some of the stock pigeons. We have studied the race results for the past few years and any birds that have not any children in the race team then are discarded. However some additional might have to go as I was talking to a good national fancier just recently and we discussed how pigeon racing has changed over the years. I used to love the excitement of big national races when you would get the news of the liberation on the wireless on Radio Scotland at 12-45. This was as exciting as Christmas morning with the expectation of what was to come. Then after teatime you would sit out until it was 11pm or dark and then get up at 4-30 the next morning and wait in anticipation for a bird. Nowadays you require 500 mile SPRINTERS on the day pigeons which cover the distance in 10 to 12 hours. The old distance pigeons I have kept over many years will have to go this will break my heart but I have to be realistic that pigeon racing in today’s world has changed. I have studied the 6 old bird nationals flown this year and ALL winners were timed on the day of liberation. With the exception of the longest race from Reims when only one bird made it home on the day into the south section, therefore the remainder of the birds had to home the following day. The other 5 races were all won on the day and the race was over by nightfall in fact Kevin had the last day bird from the Roye race and the remaining positions were all won early the next morning. So we are going to have to look at our birds and plans for the future national races as there are no good keeping pigeons for the occasional hard race as these are not the norm nowadays. It is the same with my feature of Good SNFC Birds which have won 4/5 or more times the majority of these birds have won their prizes on the day.

 Race Results


Angus Federation

Derek Hay

News from Kenny Droog who writes ‘Angus federation were at Tow Law, the Forfar club dominated the result again but with 247 birds away that's expected, However birds were coming up from Dundee direction but also coming in from the East with the prevailing wind at the same time. There was very little to split last week’s winner Davie Glen but Gavin Ferguson of the Macaulay, Ferguson and Curren partnership just managed it with two birds to take 1st & 2nd fed. The winner is down through a son of Pat O`Sullivan champion ‘Saxavord’ cock while the dam is a full sister to Gavin’s Silver Award cock which won 10th open SNFC Roye this season, Gavin bought six youngster from Derek Hay of Kirkintilloch another top national flyer and it was one of those six that won 2nd fed. The Macaulay, Ferguson and Curren winning 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 16th, and 17th fed. Davie Glen also had a great race winning 3rd, 4th, 7th, 14th, 15th, 18th 19th & 20th fed. Not to be outdone Ian Scott who only had a small team away wins 10th 11th 12th and 13th. Meanwhile Eric Galloway also only sending a small team had 2 together for 8th and 9th fed. Over in the East section Les McKay dominated the race winning 1st 2nd 3rd 5th 7th and 8th with D & D Hay up at Gourdon continued his good form winning 4th 6th and 10th with only a small team away and flying 19 miles further than the section winner.


Club winners are as follows; Forfar 247 birds winner Macaulay, Ferguson and Curren; Gourdon 17 birds winner D & D Hay; Arbroath 77 birds’ winner Les McKay; Montrose 8 birds winner G Campbell.    

Jim Curran & Gavin Ferguson


Arbroath Racing Pigeon Club

This week’s result from the Tow Law race flown on 24th August had 7 members sending 77 birds liberated at 08:00 hours into a light south west wind. Les McKay takes the first 6 places with Charlie & Glen Cameron in 7th place they are followed by Kevin J Murphy with R Nowosad in 9th spot followed by Graham McKenzie in 10th place followed by Chic and Ann Carrie in 11th spot.


Almond Valleys Federation

News from Lynne Stewart who writes, ‘Hi Joe, Almond Valley Federation were at Otterburn on the 24th August with a convoy of 787 birds these were liberated at 09-45 hours. Taking the first 8 plus 10th & 13th places are Freddie Jamieson & son of East Calder with the first 8 the only birds doing over 1600 ypm in the federation. Dougie Bald of Balerno is 9th with  Mr & Mrs Fleming of East Calder winning 11th 12th 17th 26th 27th & 28th open Jimmy Young of East Calder is 14th 15th 16th 18th to 21st and 23rd to 25th open with  Colin Bain & Willie Fairley of Balerno winning 22nd 29th & 30th open.


Club Winners are as follows;

Balerno 152 birds; D Bald 1599.885, C Bain & W Fairley 1575.383, 1555.042, 1544.737

Bonnybridge 229 birds; J Leadbetter 1519.987, V Couper 1518.710, J Leadbetter 1512.284, R Buchanan 1506.769

 Carnwath 114 birds; Thomson Bros 1413; McArdle & Thomson 1368; Thomson Bros 1302 & 1294

 East Calder 166 birds; F Jamieson & Son 1611.003, 1611.003, 1610.647, 1610.291

 West Calder 94 birds; J Bird 1498.903, 1488.197, 1487.623, 1487.336

Lynne has put in a request that ALL trophies to be returned by the last young bird race.


Central Federation

News from Bernie Britton who writes ‘Hi Joe, Hope you are getting more mobile. Please find our result for the Ripon race flown on 24th August with 5 members’ sending 156 birds liberated at 10-15 am into a south west wind. Gordon Mackenzie takes the first 4 places with his winner a Heremans Ceuster on the darkness system winning 2nd open. Gordon’s 2nd bird is again another Heremans Ceuster as is his 3rd bird is from the same bloodlines. Gordon is wins 4th 6th 7th open federation with other club member’s wining Pat Rafferty & sons is 5th with John McNeill winning 16th & 17th fed and Steven & Gullane are 18th fed. A big well done to Mr & Mrs Forrest of Ratho; who top the federation.


East of Scotland Federation

News from Tom McEwen who informs us that the federation were at Wetherby on the 24th August with the convoy liberated at 08-30am into a light south to south east wind. Topping the federation and also taking 5th & 6th places making it a fantastic race for Tam Hunnan of Port Seton. Then we have Rab Waddell of Prestonpans making it a great double in 2nd & 3rd open. Tom, Marlene & Scott McEwen of Elphinstone take 4th open completing a nice treble for the same cock that has already won 1st & 4th open in his previous races. Jim McNeil of Tranent again keeps his name in the frame finishing in 7th open. Then we have Keith Howie from Prestonpans keeping up the good work taking 8th open. Graham Wardhaugh of Dirleton comes in with a nice one at 9th open and then we have the ever-present John Bird of Prestonpans completing the top 10.


Prestonpans HS

Winning 1st club is Tam Hunnam with a chequer cock from his Braspenning bloodlines. 2nd & 3rd club is Rab Waddell with a dark chequer cock a pure Herman Ceuster bloodlines from Chris Vassey. Rab’s next pigeon is a blue pied hen from Leon Boers bloodlines crossed Jan Aarden from Tony Young. Cheers Joe and thanks for all your help yours Tom’.    


Traprain Homing Society

News from John Baillie who writes ‘Hi Joe please find the result for Traprain race from Wetherby. Due to mist/fog at the race point, Tony couldn't get the birds away as early as he was hoping. Therefore the convoy were liberated at 08-30 with the birds were away into a light south east wind. The birdage was down to 419 for this week and taking the first 3 in the club are the Newcombe & Black partnership. Ian’s 1st & 3rd birds are brother and sister from his Herman Ceusters family from stock the partnership bought direct from Eijkerkamp Stud. The youngster in 2nd spot is from their distance family. Returns were a bit mixed Joe with some fanciers reporting poor returns. That’s it for another week Joe many thanks for everything yours John B’.


Fife Federation


News from Geordie Todd with the federation of homing pigeon societies sending 1006 birds to Catterick young bird race these were liberated at 07-45 with no wind at the race point. The federation top 10 is as follows; Brian Chalmers of Kennoway is 1st 3rd 7th & 9th federation with Brian Kinnear of Glenrothes & Leslie club in 2nd place. Sean Diamond of Kennoway is 4th with M Molloy of Methilhaven club winning 5th spot. Jim & Gary Peggie of the same club are 6th with Bert Cochrane of St Andrews in 9th place he is followed by his club mate D Baldie in 10th spot.

 East section birdage from the following clubs are Kennoway 179 birds; St Andrews 94 birds; Tayport 32 birds; Methilhaven 139 birds and Leven 21 birds.  

Brian Chalmers of Kennoway is 1st 2nd 5th 7th & 9th federation with M Molloy of Methilhaven club winning 3rd spot. Jim & Gary Peggie of the same club are 4th with Bert Cochrane of St Andrews in 6th place his club mate D Baldie is in 8th spot with Mook Honeyman making up the top 10.


Centre Section is made up of Glenrothes & Leslie club sent 76 birds with Novar sending 47 birds; Brian Kinnear of Glenrothes and Leslie is 1st 4th & 5th with Sean Diamond of Kennoway in 2nd 3rd 6th 7th 9th & 10th with Turpie & McCord taking the 8th position.  


West section has Lochgelly 86 birds; Crossgates 213 birds and Dunfermline 129 birds. Topping this section is Frank Mitchell of Dunfermline with Jim Doig of Lochgelly club in 2nd place. Crossgates J Hynd & son are 3rd 4th 6th & 7th with Alistair McCudden of Crossgates club in 5th spot. J Watson of Lochgelly club is 8th with his club mate Davie Hunter winning 9th & 10th  


Pentland Hills Federation

News from Andy Miller who writes ‘Hi Joe, from the 4th young bird race of the season flown from Wetherby on Saturday 24th August this being a distance of 150 to 165 miles to the members. Race controller Tony Young liberated at 08:30 into a south to south east wind. This race turned out a bit of a disaster with at least a third of the convoy missing, in what seemed perfect weather, although quite hot temperatures. Birds are being reported from different areas from all over the UK. Winning both organisations is Danderhall member & inform loft of Ant Walker of Danderhall club, as this is the third time in 4 races he has won the federation. His winner is a hen of Wildermeersch origin. Sire is a son of ‘Big Slim’ a prolific winner in the Pentland federation for the late Jake & Tam Young when paired to a Lambrecht hen. Jimmy Moyes from Woodburn won the Breeder/Buyer, bred by himself and purchased back from stock obtained from Andy Miller of Edinburgh.

First place goes to Ant Walker of Danderhall with a velocity of 1536. 2nd & 5th is F Robertson of Danderhall with Woodburn Brown & Black in 3rd & 4th places. A Lawson of Arniston is 6th with Helen Aitken & Sons of Danderhall in 7th 8th & 10th positions. A Young of Danderhall is 9th open.


Club Winners 

Danderhall 877 birds; Walker 1536 F. Robertson 1530 F. Robertson 1526

Woodburn 136 birds; Brown & Black 1528 1527 1505

Arniston 407 birds; Lawson 1523 Lothian 1487 Lothian 1486

Castlebrae 125 birds; Willis 1506 L. Mitchell 1498 A. Mitchell 1484

Edinburgh Premier 186 birds; Dick 1501 Affleck 1498 Hutton 1490

Sighthill 227 birds; Bremner 1489 Bremner 1461 Girdwood 1455

Easthouses 114 birds; G. Thomas 1478 G. Thomas 1384

Bonnyrigg 126 birds; Massey 1431 Johnston 1424 Stark & Benson 1408

Edinburgh West 53 birds; Lamb 1407 1331 1306

Loanhead 36 birds;

Rosewell 44 birds;

New Lothian 44 birds;

Peebles –

Traprain 419 birds; Newcombe & Black 1566 1565 1555

Others 77 birds;


New Lothian RPC

Andy writes ‘The New Lothian RPC with the Pentland Hills Federation had their fourth race of the 2019 season from Wetherby, a distance of 138-150 miles for the members. Race controller Tony Young gave the go ahead to liberate with no wind at the liberation point. Winning 1st New Lothian and federation is the consistently in-form loft of Willie Pryde & Son John, a.k.a. Bubba! Their timer a yearling cock was a batch of 14 which were given to John from his cousin Alan Power, who finished with the pigeons at the end of last season. John subsequently broke these birds to his loft during the winter months and is flying them all on a celibate system. Breeding of their winner is a Koopman. The following week the New Lothian RPC along with the Pentland Hills Federation had their race from Wetherby flown on Saturday 24th August liberated 08-30 into a light south to south east wind with 54 lofts sending 1681 birds? Topping the New Lothian is A Walker of Danderhall club winning £122. F Robertson of the same club is 2nd 5th & 12th with Brown & Black of Woodburn club in 3rd & 4th places. A Lawson of Arniston is 6th with Helen Aitken & sons of Danderhall club 7th 8th & 10th with A Young of the same club winning 9th position. The federation breeder/buyer was won by J Lamb (breeder) and D Fish (racer) and each will receive the sum of £110.00.

Federation breeder/buyer: Wetherby breeder/buyer was J Moyes who will receive the sum of £220.00.


North of Scotland Federation


News from George Duthie who informs us North of Scotland Federation had 57 members sending 1486 birds to Dunfermline this was made up with the East Section having 28 members send 734 birds and the West Section 29 members sending 752 birds these were liberated into a light south wind. Topping the federation and east section is Colin McRae of Fraserburgh & District with a velocity of 1369 Colin is also 7th & 9th east section 8th & 12th open. His club mate J (Ian) Gibb is 2nd 8th & 10th east section 2nd 9th & 13th open. H McAllister of Peterhead & District is 3rd 17th & 18th east section 3rd 21st & 22nd open. A W Buchan of Fraserburgh & District is 4th 5th 6th east section and the same positions won in the open. J Abel of Devern Valley club is 1st & 2nd west section 7th & 10th open his club mate A Wilson is 3rd west section 11th open with Jim & Ann Donaldson of Peterhead & District winning 11th east section 14th open their club mates C & M Williams are 12th east section 15th open. A (John) Mair of Devern Valley club is 4th west section 16th open we are then back to the Peterhead & District club to G Findlay who wins 13th 14th & 15th east section 17th 18th & 19th open. His club mate R H Whyte wins 16th 22nd & 23rd east section 20th 29th & 30th open. John Thomson of Elgin & District club is 5th 6th & 7th west section 23rd 24th & 28th open with Robbie Higgins from Fraserburgh West End club winning the following positions 19th 20th & 21st east section 25th 26th & 27th open.     

East section top 10 are mentioned above the remaining West section prizes are won by G R Duncan of Keith club who wins 8th 9th & 10th west section 31st 32nd & 33rd open.

Clubs First Bird

Colin McRae wins Fraserburgh & District: H McAllister wins Peterhead & District J Abel wins Devern Valley: John Thomson wins Elgin & District: Robbie Higgins wins Fraserburgh West End: G R Duncan wins Keith: G Russell wins Buckie & District; R McKenzie wins Inverurie. Well done to C McRae won topping the federation and also well done to J Abel on winning the west section. George Duthie.  


This week’s Photo


Jim Hannah has forwarded me a picture of ‘Lasswade Lass’ winner of 1st section B 2nd open SNFC Ypres 2019. She was bred by S Morrison & son and raced by J S Smith of Lasswade.


Joe’s Joke

A father passing by his son's bedroom; was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, and everything was picked up. Then, he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed, "Dad." With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the letter, with trembling hands... 
"Dear, Dad. It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mum and you. 
I've been finding real passion with Stacy, and she is so nice, but I knew you would not approve of her because of her piercings, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes, and because she is so much older than I am. But it's not only the passion, Dad. She's pregnant. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods, and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children. Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone. We'll be growing it for ourselves, and trading it with the other people in the commune, for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want. In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS, so Stacy can get better. She sure deserves it! Don't worry, Dad. I'm 15, and I know how to take care of myself. Someday, I'm sure we'll be back to visit, so you can get to know your many grandchildren.


Love your son, Joshua.


P.S. Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at Jason's house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the school report that's on the kitchen table. Call when it is safe for me to come home!



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