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The Joe Murphy Column - 15-01-21

The Joe Murphy Column
I wish readers of my column a Very Happy New Year, and let us hope that this one is better than 2020, a year we will never forget. For many different reasons as some of us have lost family and friends during this horrendous year and we will never forget them. Plus the lockdown on Boxing Day, all my family had a Zoom meeting on this day as we hold a ‘Secret Santa’ day. For normal we meet up in a selected house and the great grandchildren are the ‘elf’s’ and hand out Santa’s presents. It is a great and happy time which we all enjoy. There are many laughs and it is an enjoyable day. We still managed to hold this on the Zoom meeting but without the ‘elf’s’ handing out the presents. However we did all see and speak to each other and this made it a Happy Christmas.
Back in the Groove
This is my first written article for 2021; I received the following from Linda Brooks from the SHU but my 4 articles were away to the publishers by the 9th & 10th of December. Readers do not understand that due to deadline dates I had to write these 4 articles in the space of 5 days. Believe me this was hard as there is nothing going on within the sport due to the Covid 19 crisis. However the one thing that it has allowed me to do is some research information on the SHU Bird of the Years- Dewar Trophy Winners and Runners Up. I have all the names of the fanciers since its introduction in 1973 and in some instances the birds names as well, as their performance. Believe me there are some outstanding pigeon of shear ‘quality’ within these Dewar Trophy winners and also in the runners up to be honest. Plus you have the class of the fanciers themselves, great fanciers whose names will live for every within the annuals of Scottish pigeon racing. I have also been blessed in the fact that some of the fancier’s family have assisted me with details of their loved ones which makes the story all the more interesting.  
SHU Winners
Hi Joe, could you add these two photos when you next have space please?  As everyone knows the Covid situation required us to ask our members not to come to the office if possible. I'm grateful that everyone has complied, however that meant having nobody to do the draws at the end of the months leading up to the show which has sadly had to be cancelled this year.  Do, in the absence of fanciers I asked Jean, the nurse manager of Thornhill House where our office is situated to draw the lucky numbers (suitably masked and socially distanced of course)
The last four winners are R Farmer loft no. 109297 ring SU 20 10139 - AB Geddes loft 104788 ring SU 20 10031 - A McAleavey lift no 102348 ring 10090 and M Upton loft 108534 ring SU 20 10144. Thanks everyone who bought rings, there were fewer sold this year due to this shutdown but hopefully we may begin to get back to normal now the vaccines are being rolled out and we can look forward to racing and showing again in the not too distant future. Merry Christmas to everyone, stay safe Linda Brooks SHU secretary.  
Jean making the Draw see text    SHU Draw
My Blackpool Charity Bird 2021
I noticed in last week’s issue that my dark chequer cock named ‘Thomas’ is in the issue. He is the ‘Absolute Cream’ of the Bernard DeWeerdt family. I bred 5 youngsters from a very special pairing had it not been for the Blackpool Charity sale ‘Thomas’ would not be leaving my loft.
SU17 290 Blackpool Cock 2021

of ‘THOMAS’ is Belge13 3142994 named ‘SAUL’ purchased direct from Bernard DeWeerdt being a direct son of ‘TRIPLE’ 3 times winner IN ONE SEASON in international races; he won 462nd national 1801st open Pau International; 436 national 911th international Tarbes 12,805 birds; 145th national 207th international Perpignan 15.875 birds. ‘TRIPLE’ son of ‘Champion Ted’ who scored 100% from 7 international races in 2004 he was 2nd international ACE pigeon from 3 international races: he won 102nd Pau 8,270 birds, 30th Dax 17,526 birds, 239th Perpignan 17,570 birds; he also won 282nd national Montauban 6,901 birds, 244th inter Narbonne 9,244 birds in his final race at 6 he won 1st club (154 birds) & 41st international Carcassonne 10, 448 birds. He was also an exceptional breeding cock.

of ‘SAUL’ is ‘INITA’ outstanding hen winner 5 times from Barcelona then exceled in DeWeerdt stock loft. She won 1249 nat Barcelona 12.642 bs; 69th nat 11.484 birds; 207th inter 23,708 birds; 206th nat 13,503birds; 424th inter Barcelona 27,669 birds; 777th nat 12,641 birds 1624th inter Barcelona 25,750 birds. She won 4th best Belgium national Barcelona racer 2008 - 2010 seasons, she also won 289th nat Barcelona 12,170 birds.  

Sire of ‘INITA’ son of ‘Kedir’ a winner of 143rd inter Perpignan 16,025 birds; 78th inter Dax 12,880 birds; 34th inter Dax 11,507 birds. He won up to 7 years of age scoring from Barcelona & Perpignan.

Dam of ‘THOMAS’ is ‘VERONICA’ rung GB07N00296 she was bred by Mark Gilbert of Windsor from his direct Bernard DeWeerdt imports.
‘VERONICA’ is inbred Double g/daughter of ‘Champion Emiel’ winner of 1st international Bordeaux; Sire ‘541’ was the sire of 1st BICC Barcelona in 2012 for Mark. Dam of ‘VERONICA’ is ‘419’ direct daughter ‘Champion Emiel’ mentioned above when mated to a daughter of ‘Atilla’
‘VERONICA’ is the granddam of winners from 538 miles; her parents were bred in 2001 so to continue with winning line 20 years later is ‘unique’.  As you can see from the above ‘THOMAS’ is bred in the ‘purple’ and he should (hopefully) breed some good pigeons for his new owner; I believe he will be an ideal cross into a proven long distance family; may I wish whoever purchases ‘Thomas’ all the best with him and hope he fills your loft with a lot of winning dependents. I have added a photograph of Thomas to go with this article.
I would like to thank Alun Jones for all his help in advising me with loading some of my stock birds onto his AJ Redstar Loft’s Load Your Own site. Due to Kevin health issues we have decided to cut down the stock birds and he will only race the birds to Arbroath. Our first lot are going onto the site from 16th January for a week so let’s hope they do well. Once again a big ‘THANK YOU’ to Alun for all your help
This week’s Photo
Is from Jim Hannah the Scottish photographer on ‘Deansbury Loft’ of Robert Reid of Beith of Ayrshire with some his winner’s in the SNFC during the 2019 season? Starting left side with ‘Renfrewshire 4’ winner of 13th section F Buckingham flying a distance of 298 miles in 2019; 17th section F from Maidstone a distance of 380 miles 2019; 1st section F 1st west region 20th open Roye 520 miles also in 2019. ‘Mr Consistent’ winner of 9th section F Ypres a distance of 460 miles in 2018; 2nd section F Buckingham 2019; 2nd section F 170th open Ypres in 2019; ‘Trooper’ winner of 1st section F Buckingham young birds in 2019 bred by Myra Wilson of Dalry; ‘Miss Ogilvie’ winner of 8th section F Maidstone in 2019; and 1st section F 5th open Reims 580 miles in 2019; ‘Never Say Die’ winner of 2nd section H 230th open Ypres flying 480 miles in 2018; then 1st section F 221st open Maidstone in 2019; ‘Renfrewshire 49’ winner of 3rd section F Buckingham 2019 and 2nd section F 76th open Burdinne a distance of 538 miles in 2019. Robert won the Dr William Anderson Trophy, The News of the World trophy, The West Region Average Trophy and the Section F Trophy at the SNFC presentation in 2019. A season he will never forget well done Robert.      
SNRPC Web Site
While going through the web I noticed that the above club has upgraded their site; starting off by wishing their members a Very Merry Christmas. Plus a great photo of the Forth Bridges with the club winning birds pictures also within it. They also have photographs of the national winning fanciers holding their pigeons. As many of you will KNOW; I’m a SNFC man; but I have to admit that this clubs web page has left the SNFC at the back as far as the web goes, plus their race programme in 2020 of 2 channel races was also progress. I have to give credit where it is due and this web site is a great advert for this club and I would think it will bring in new members, so well done.
Good Birds x Good Fanciers
I noticed that Tam McLeod of Elphinstone timed his red chequer cock SU16P7231 from Reims to win 17th section B 70th open from an entry of 1490 birds entered by 313 members. In 2019 he won 19th section B 24th open from Ypres flying 426 miles competing against an entry of 2483 birds sent by 434 lofts. He also contested from this same race point in 2017 as a yearling and won 42nd section B 121st open from an entry of 2320 birds sent by 409 members so these performances will have achieved for him his SNFC Sliver Award; plus he also won as a yearling 42nd section B 399th open from Bedhampton with an entry of 6065 birds sent by 634 members. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed the amount of birds I highlight in this Good Birds feature that have raced or won from Bedhampton and it amazes me how we have never raced from this race point again. Yes like all races from the south coast there will have been birds who have failed to return but when you look at the results like I do the amount of good pigeons that have done well from his race is quite staggering.  I also noticed that Alex Rae of Aberdeen won a Silver Award with his chequer hen SU16AB1411 this hen won her first award from the Ypres race of 2018 with a convoy of 2541 birds sent by 433 members and she won 2nd section G 2nd north section 14th open flying 482 miles; when Maskame & Mackie of Peterhead won the national with ‘Poppy’. Alex’s hen was sent back to Ypres in 2019 and she won 2nd section G 2nd north section once again but unfortunately she never won an open prize diploma. Then in 2020 she was once again over the English Channel to the Gold Cup race from Reims a distance of 605 miles and she won 7th section G 7th north section, another good distance pigeon.  My 3rd pigeon in this week’s feature belongs to Jim Hannah of Blantyre the Scottish photographer who is also a very good distance pigeon man and has won his consistent share of top awards over the years. Jim has a red cock SU14L8356 who in 2017 won 82nd section E but no open diploma from Buckingham flying a distance of 290 miles competing against 2941 birds sent by 441 members. The following year he was sent to the Liege race a distance of 533 miles and won 24th section E 98th open from an entry of 1072 birds entered by 327 fanciers. Then in 2020 he was entered into the Reims Gold Cup race a distance of 567 miles to Blantyre and he won 6th section E 29th open from an entry of 1490 birds sent by 313 members. One more section prize from over the ‘dub’ Jim and you will have to make out a SNFC Silver Award with your own name on it; (as Jim makes up these awards for the national). Well done to the above on their birds performances. 
Joe’s Joke
4 Husbands
The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the 4th time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband's occupation. ‘He's a funeral director,’ she answered. ‘Interesting’ the newsman thought. He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first 3 husbands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20's, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40's, and a preacher when in her 60's, and now - in her 80's - a funeral director. The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married 4 men with such diverse careers.

(Wait for it)

She smiled and explained, ‘I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.’

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