The Joe Murphy Column
Julie (Kevin’s partner) Margaret & I have agreed to present a trophy named as the Kevin J Murphy Memorial Trophy to both SNFC & SNRPC (as he was a member of both nationals) and they have both gratefully accepted this trophy. This will be awarded to the first pigeon flying north of the Firth of Tay from their Gold Cup race. (As this is the area that Kevin raced in.) It does not look like there will be racing from France in 2021 so they may have to be flown once we get back to racing from France. Kevin greatest wish was to win the Gold Cup race hence the reason for donating it to the clubs as to him this was the Prestige race. We have also donated a trophy to the Angus Federation (Kevin was a member of Angus Federation) and wished it to be awarded to the first pigeon from the longest federation old bird race.
New Season is upon us
Arbroath Racing Pigeon Club
Almond Valley Federation
Balerno 158 birds; D Bald 1319.552, 1319.158, C Ross 1288.248, W Fairley 1272.084
Bonnybridge 298 birds; V Couper 1334.322, 1332.946, Henderson & Connolly 1325.927, Wells & Scott 1320.552
Carnwath 178 birds; Thomson Bros 1268.871, 1233.6, 1233.3, I Thomson 1204
East Calder 211 birds; Burnside & Drysdale 1411,643, 1406,428, 1405,629, 1388.281
West Calder 357 birds; J Hadfield 1390.627, J Burt 1385.897, 1385.515, 1383.60
News from Archie MacIntyre who wrote; ‘Hi Joe, Hope you are doing well. Please find attached report and photos from Ayrshire Federation first race of 2021 from Lauder. I have also attached 2 photos of Ayrshire Transporter. I photo is at Dalry HS club just after loading the new style crates onto the lorry and the second picture is the fully kitted out lorry sitting at Lauder just before liberation on Sunday 2nd May. Thanks again Joe for you continual support to Ayrshire Federation adding the reports into you weekly write up's Archie McIntyre Ayrshire Fed. Before going onto the race report, I would like to mention that Ayrshire Federation has made a substantial investment this year, replacing our metal racking system with an Aluminium racking and replacing all our wooden crates with Geraldy style Aluminium crates. Special thanks must go to one of our members (Sandy McDougall) from the Cumnock & District Club who put in a lot of hard work and long hours working on putting the racking together and having it ready for the first race.
Once again in the hot seat (Race Controller) we have Jim O’Hare with Kenny Young as driver for the 2021 season. The federation season kicked off on Sunday 2nd May from Lauder with an entry of 2,120 birds for a distance of between 59 miles up to 80 miles in the north end of the fed. Jim O’Hare had the birds up and away at 08:45 into No Wind. Reports from the liberation site was that the birds cleared well and members also saying they had good returns as well. Long may this continue Joe as we both know the season has its ups and down.
Leading the way in the federation this week on 1320.4 is Alex Howie of Stevenston flying in Ardeer HS. Alex timed his 3 year old widowhood blue cock “Canal Boy”. He is a direct son of Alex’s “Argyle Boy” who won 1st club, 1st section Buckingham for Alex in 2017. The sire and dam are both from Andy Miller. “Canal Boy” only had 3 young bird races, Alex moved home in 2020 where he has certainly settled in well.
Alex Howie 1st Fed Lauder 1
Picking up 2nd federation this week on 1303.5 is the partnership of Cowan & Findlay from Ardrossan flying in Darvel HS. The partnership timed a 2 year old blue hen that had 4 races as a young bird. Due to her breeding and the fact in 2019 Ayrshire Fed went no further than Dunbar the partnership stopped her at Ripon in 2020. She is flown with the main old bird team on the roundabout system. She had no road training, only flagged early morning and early evening. Sire is a blue white flight called “El Grande”.
Cowan & Findlay 2nd Fed Lauder1
In 2018 he was 1st open WSCC Mullingar winning £1,000 first prize. The dam is a daughter of “Millie”. In 2018 she was 12th open SNFC Liege 551 miles for the partnership. The partnership would also like to pass on their thanks to Sandy McDougall for all his hard work he put into getting the transporter ready. The crates and racking are superb and just to see the birds drinking out the new crates while waiting for the transporter to arrive can only benefit the birds long term. 3rd federation on 1287.0 is the ever consistent partnership from Ardeer, Stirrat & McKenna. The sire & dam are Jim Cullen birds the partnership managed to obtain from Jim. This yearling blue bar hen was badly injured as a young bird and is currently flying spare. Thanks to Alex, Mark and Jim for the info on their pigeons and the photos.
David McKenna of Stirrat & McKenna partnership 3rd Fed Lauder
Winners from in and around the clubs:
North Section 874 birds;
1st Ardeer HS is Alex Howie 1320.4, 1st Dalry HS is A Barbour 1267.4. 1st Kilwinning HS is J McNeil 1239.8.
Central Section 532 birds;
1st Darvel HS are Cowan & Findlay 1303.5, 1st Kilmarnock Invitation are J & R Bryson 1214.5; 1st Irvine HS is R McFedries 1202.9, 1st Crosshouse HS is A Wilson 1105.9.
South Section 714 birds;
1st Cumnock & District are J & S Galloway 1216.3, 1st Whitletts & District is S McVey 1211.4; 1st Mauchline & District is E Stewart 1173.6; 1st Annbank & District is D Paterson 1158.6 & 1st Dalmellington PC is S Boyce 1105.8
Scottish Central Federation
News from Bernie Britton with the Broxburn & Uphall Pigeon Club result from Otterburn; flown on Saturday 1st May with 6 members sending 220 birds Gordon MacKenzie took the first 3 places with then all taking the first 3 places in the federation. Gordon’s winners area as follows; the winner is a blue hen flying roundabout ; she is a Van Loon from Booby Logan from Ayrshire, this hen also topped the federation in 2019. Gordon’s 2nd bird is a blue bar cock a Gabby Vandenabeele from Hawkins & Evens also on roundabout, Gordon’s 3rd club and fed is a blue bar Gabby cock from his good friend Mark Evans this bird won the young bird open in 2019 and did not race in 2020 as he was not flying well at home. As a matter of interest Joe Gordon was also 4th & 6th federation. I would also like to congratulate Mark Doran from the Winchburgh club on winning 1st 2nd & 3rd club and 7th fed. You and Margaret take care and THANKS once again for adding our results to your column, yours Bernie’.
East of Scotland Federation
Prestonpans Homing Society
Fife Federation of Homing Pigeons Societies
News from Federation secretary Geordie Todd, informs us that the convoy of 1874 birds were liberated at Alnwick on the 1st May 2021 liberated at 08-20am in a light north east wind. The Federation Top Ten are as follows; SNFC winner Brian Chalmers of Kennoway is in good form as he also wins 3rd 6th & 7th open. Sean Diamond of Novar is 2nd & 5th with Brian’s father in law Tam Laing of Kennoway in 4th spot. Tam Cook also of Kennoway is 8th & 10th with Jock Hynd & son of Crossgates in 9th spot.
East Section Top 10
Kennoway 280 birds; Methilhaven 311 birds; St Andrews 145 birds: 1st 2nd 4th & 5th is Brian Chalmers; Tam Laing is 3rd & 8th with Tam Cook in 6th & 7th positions; Davie Hunter of Methilhaven club is 9th & 10th.
Centre Section top 10
Novar 121 birds; 1st 2nd 4th 6th & 7th Sean Diamond; Erskine & Son 3rd 5th 8th 9th & 10th.
West Section top 10
Perth club 84 birds; Dunfermline 287 birds; Crossgates 426 birds; Lochgelly 220 birds.
Hynd & son of Crossgates are 1st & 2nd with Frank Mitchell of Dunfermline winning 3rd 4th 5th & 6th R Cook of Crossgates is 7th & 9th with Davie Russell of Crossgates in 8th spot. O’Reilly & Park of the same club are 10th.
Kingdom Racing Pigeon Association
Coaltown of Balgonie
North of Scotland Federation
Clubs First Birds as follows;
Fraserburgh & District A W Buchan
Peterhead & District G Findlay
Fr. West End A Higgins
Devern Valley Fulton & Ritchie Loft 2
Inverurie R McKenzie
Keith Duncan & Thomson
Buckie & District J Cunning
Elgin & District A MacGillivray
Well done to A W Buchan on topping the federation and also well done to Fulton & Ritchie Loft 2 on winning the West Section
News from my old pal Andy Miller who writes; Joe I hope you and Margaret are well. See attached the details of the first old bird race. I will do my best to report on the winner each week but my busy work bank will unfortunately determine if this can be carried out. The federation were at Otterburn old bird race flown on Saturday 1st May 2021 with the convoy of 2543 birds sent by 11 clubs liberated at 09-30 into a light east wind. This week’s champ & winning 1st N/L and Federation is the Danderhall loft of Mark Robertson who timed a yearling late bred cock bred by Owenson Bros from Gorebridge. The pigeon was trained hard for the Danderhall Xmas race but obviously this didn’t materialise due to the Covid restrictions. The sire is from pigeons purchased from Paul Voeten of Belgium and the dam from Gert Heylen also a Belgian import. This is the second federation winner this pair have produced. Well done to all.
Danderhall 696 birds; 1st M. Robertson 1456; 2nd and 3rd F. Robertson on 1453.8; & 1453.2:
New Lothian 62 birds; 1st W. Andress 1454
Arniston 433 birds; 1st, 2nd & 3rd W. Pryde & son 1435; 1434, 1431
Sighthill 206 birds; 1st& 2nd A Miller 1427, 1426.9 3rd Girdwood 1426.1
Castlebrae 62 birds; 1st A Mitchell 1426, 2nd L. Mitchell 1388, 3rd McCormack & Fraser 137
Edinburgh Premier 375 birds; 1st & 2nd Bennett 1420, 1410 3rd Gilchrist 1407
Easthouses 193 birds; 1st Laing 1414, 2nd & 3rd Simpson 1396.6, 1396.3
Bonnyrigg 206 birds; 1st Brown 1375, 2nd Simpson 1355, & Watson & Daughter 1352
Edinburgh West 127 birds 1st 7 2nd Verth 1340 & 1336, Bennett 1306
Woodburn 146 birds; 1st & 2nd B. Thomas & son 1339 & 1327 3rd Brown & Black 1310
Peebles 37 birds;
New Lothian RPC
From the Otterburn old bird race flown on Saturday 1st May the convoy were liberated at 09-30 hours into a light variable wind with 63 members sending 2007 birds. Taking 1st place is M Robertson of Danderhall club with a velocity of 1456; W Andress of New Lothian is 2nd with Freddie Robertson of Danderhall club in 3rd 4th & 6th places. D Brown of the same club is 5th with W Pryde & son of Arniston in 7th 8th & 9th places. J Milne of Arniston is 10th.