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The Joe Murphy Column - 22-04-21

The Joe Murphy Column

This week I’m again using items from my archives as I’m in the process of  cleaning out my little shed as my grandson is having it and my green house is going to my son Mark. We are going to put a summer house in their place so Margaret and I can enjoy sitting in the back garden enjoying the sunshine when it comes out. I don’t need all the baskets; feeding bins, hoppers. Drinkers, nest pans anymore so anyone interested then give me a call. There are some of the above at Kevin’s house in Arbroath so this could be of interest for fanciers from this area. This weekend should be the first race of the new season but with this Covid going on and the restrictions in place this could have a knock-on effect to the whole season. I have noticed the 2 nationals up here have put out their proposed race programme; however with not getting into France at the moment this could have consequences regarding these channel races. Now back to my archives of 2009

The Season 2009

I have received a list of the 2009 trophy winners from SHU Secretary Linda Brooks who has also supplied me with a photograph of the 3 judges; namely Robert Cormack; Dr Phil Lynch and Bobby Kennedy. These 3 gentlemen gave up their afternoon to travel to the new SHU office and after deliberating the entries their final choice was as follows;

The main award being the Dewar Trophy Winner for the best performances by an old bird in 2009 was won by Jock King of Kirkcaldy who won the top trophy award with his blue 2004 bred blue hen; her positions were as follows;

Jock King of Kirkcaldy with Mary 22 04 21
Jock King of Kirkcaldy with Mary

Wing of the SHU Dewar Trophy Winner 2009 22 04 21
Wing of the SHU Dewar Trophy Winner 2009

SNFC Andrezel 4th section C 26th open flying 578 miles 1377 yards; recording a velocity of 909 competing against 305 birds.

SNFC Falaise 2nd section C 23rd open flying 520 miles 840 yards; recording a velocity of 983 competing against 1619 birds.

Runner up to the Dewar Trophy Winner is Brian Johnstone of Pencaitland whose 2006 bred blue cock won the following;

Brian Johnstone with his Runner up Dewar Trophy Winner 22 04 21
Brian Johnstone with his Runner up Dewar Trophy Winner

SNFC Alencon 60th open flying 523 miles 1130 yards; recording a velocity of 640 competing against 1303 birds.

SNFC Falaise 3rd section B 14th open flying 503 miles 234 yards; recording a velocity of 1025 competing against 1619 birds. As a matter of interest this cock also competed from the SNFC Newbury race just failing to make the result.

Ogilvie Trophy for the Best Individual Performance by a bird was won by Dave Pirie of Aberdeen whose hen won 1st section G 1st north region 1st open SNFC Andrezel flying 626 miles; recording a velocity of 1364 competing against 305 birds. This hen won the race by a velocity of 76 yards per minute and beat the 2nd place bird flying 70 miles further.

The Scottish Homing Union Trophy for the performance Champion Young Bird was won by Crease & Lunn of Edinburgh their performances were as follows;

1st federation Witton Castle flying 103 miles 308 yards; recording a velocity of 1391 competing against 2319 birds;

1st federation Catterick flying 122 miles 670 yards; recording a velocity of 1316 competing against 1572 birds;

7th federation Selby flying 170 miles 478 yards; recording a velocity of 1190 competing against 825 birds

The Duke of Edinburgh Trophy for loft performances with old birds and young birds (members / partners under 25 years of age) was won by D Brown of Edinburgh whose performances were as follows;

2nd federation 24th open SNFC Eastbourne  flying 385 miles 551 yards; recording a velocity of 1135 competing against 4243 birds.

2nd federation Selby flying 169 miles 1610 yards; recording a velocity of 1579 competing against 1898 birds.

1st open Newark flying 217 miles 1752 yards; recording a velocity of 1227 competing against 503 birds.  

The Celtic Cup for performances up to 300 miles was won by William McEwan from Dundee whose winner won the following;

1st club 1st federation Witton Castle 746 birds flying 135 miles 495 yards recording a velocity of 1196;

1st club 1st federation Wakefield 164 birds flying 205 miles 167 yards; this bird won the young bird cup and was also 10th open Grampian Combine.

3rd section C 45th open SNFC Leicester 2425 birds recording a velocity of 1091; in this race this young bird beat the 2nd placed Dundee bird by 24 minutes.

As a matter of interest this same pigeon won the Unikon Trophy for the Outstanding Performances by a Young Bird.  


The Ferrari Formula 1 team fired their entire pit crew yesterday. The announcement followed Ferrari's decision to take advantage of the UK Government's Youth Opportunity Scheme and employ people from Glasgow. The decision to hire them followed a recent documentary on how unemployed youths from the Govan and Possilpark areas of Glasgow were able to remove a set of wheels in less than 6 seconds without proper equipment, whereas Ferrari's existing crew can only do it in 8 seconds with millions of euros worth of high tech equipment. Prime Minister Gordon Brown went on record as saying this was a bold move by the Ferrari management which demonstrated the international recognition of the UK under New Labour. As most races are won and lost in the pits, Ferrari thought they had the advantage over every team. However, Ferrari got more than they bargained for. At the first practice session, the Govan & Possilpark pit crew successfully changed the tyres in less than 6 seconds, but within 12 seconds they had re-sprayed, re-badged and sold the vehicle to the McLaren team for 8 bottles of WKD Irn Bru, a kilo of speed and some photos of Lewis Hamilton’s girlfriend in the shower.

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