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The Joe Murphy Column - 09-08-21

The Joe Murphy Column

Received a phone call from Peter Barlow of Coombe Hill asking if I could help him out as one of his pigeons had been reported by a lady non-fancier who had the pigeon in her garden in Arbroath. I gave Peter Charlie Cameron’s phone number and he contacted Peter and obtained the address were the pigeon was at. Believe it or not it was across the road from Kevin & Julie’s house. So he asked Julie for a basket and gave it to the lady of the house, who put feeding into the basket and caught the pigeon. Charlie then looked after the bird until the courier collected it on 27th July and it should be with Peter on the 29th. I noticed Peter’s photograph on the front of the BHW 9th July issue as he won 1st open British Barcelona Club Berwick National so our congratulations go to him and good luck for the rest of the season, Charlie and I are only too glad to help out a fellow fancier.


We are now in the notorious young bird racing season and if it turns out like the old birds national races, then more and more fanciers will be giving the birds up. I have never spoken to so many disillusioned fanciers in my life as what has happened this season. Plus with the Covid pandemic this has not helped anyone out. So let us up hope that the youngsters have better racing and fanciers have good returns (this is all you want with young bird race)

Arbroath Racing Pigeon Club

News from Charlie Cameron; regarding the first young bird race of the season from Newtongrange; where 4 members sent 140 birds liberated at 10-30 into a light variable wind. Taking the first 3 places are Charlie and his son Glen with Les McKay taking the next 3 spots. A & A Shepherd are 7th with Graham McKenzie winning 8th 9th & 12th places with Chic & Ann Carrie winning 10th & 11th spots.

Almond Valley Federation

News from Secretary Lynne Stewart; who informs us that the federation held their first young bird race from Stobbs Camp with the 566 birds being liberated at 15-00 hours. East Calder’s Jamie Sweeney takes the first 6 places plus 11th in the federation with Freddie Jamieson & son of the same club 7th 8th 9th 10th 13th 14th 16th 17th 18th 31st & 34th open. Henderson & Connelly of Bonnybridge club are 12th with John Hadfield of West Calder taking the remainder of the positions from 19th to 37th with Burnside & Drysdale of DEA winning 38th 39th & 40th,

Club Results;

Balerno; No birds;

Bonnybridge 89 birds; Henderson & Connolly 1221.528, 1211.578, L & R Macduff 1138.146, 1029.836

Carnwath 130 birds; J Stokes 1196.028, 1191.466, 1191.466, 1190.493

East Calder 142 birds; Jamie Sweeney 1267.892, 1266.842, 1266.842, 1266.492

West Calder 205 birds; J Hadfield 1208.454, 1208.454, 1208.162, 1207.580

Ayrshire Federation

News from Archie MacIntyre who wrote; ‘Hi Joe, The federation first young bird race of the season finally kicked off on Sunday 24th July from Lauder with an entry of 1,811 birds for a distance of between 59 miles to 80 miles to the north end of the fed. Jim O’Hare had the birds up and away at 11-30 into a light east wind. Reports from the liberation site were that the birds cleared immediately into westerly direction. This race was a strange race indeed. The northerly members of the federation were reporting on average between 80% to 90% returns. While in the south end of the federation they were reporting 25-50% returns. You would have thought they had been at a different race point going by their velocities as well.  Leading the way in the federation this week on 1652.6 is Hugh Wallace of Darvel. The sire of Hugh’s fed topping pigeon was a gift bird from Ronnie Evans of Sunderland and is bred down from his good mealy ‘Combine cock’, winner of 2nd open from an entry of 22,000 birds. The dam is a daughter of Hugh’s 10 year old Jan Aarden stock cock that is responsible for many winners for Hugh and others when paired to his 2017 Ypres SNFC section winner.

Hugh Wallace 1st Fed Lauder 1 YB 09 08 21
Hugh Wallace

2nd & 3rd federation this week on 1620.3 and 1619.6 is fellow club member John Shepherd of Beith flying in Dalry HS. John works tirelessly training his birds and takes it in turns with fellow club members and close neighbours, Jim Shepherd and Robert Reid, known as the (3 Amigos) from Beith. This could not have happened to a nicer person in the sport and he is always willing to wait back to load the transporter and help out where required. The dam of John’s 2nd fed winner is a Frans Zwols. She is a granddaughter of “The Bruce” when paired to “The Queen” and came from Willie Donnachie. Her brother won 1st club, 8th fed Blaydon this year taking and was also 2nd club, 5th fed, 5th section F SNFC Huntingdon this year. The sire goes back to Jim Shepherd’s ‘Heinz 57’ family crossed with a great grandson of Michael Curries from Moffatt’s 2nd open Newbury winner.  The 3rd fed is bred down off a daughter (a late bred) off Robert Reid’s 12th open Buckingham winner which Robert gifted to John at the end of last season. Sire is a ‘House of Aarden’ cock, containing bloodlines of Rainbow Warrior/ Padfield/ Invincible lines. All youngsters are flown natural and prior to the first race, they had 13 tosses out to Euro Central along with the other 2 Amigos. We have been really fortunate with training this year even on days when they have taken over 2 hours; the birds have managed to stick together on return. I would like to pass on my congratulations to Hughie Wallace on topping the federation. Thanks to Hugh and John for the photos and information on their pigeons.

John Shepherd 2nd Fed Lauder 1 YB 09 08 21    John Shepherd 3rd Fed Lauder 1 YB 09 08 21
John Shepherd 2nd & 3rd Fed Lauder 1 YB 

Winners from in and around the Clubs

North Section 799 birds; 1st Dalry HS is John Shepherd 1620.3, 1st Ardeer HS is Alex Howie 1578.2, & 1st Kilwinning HS is J McNeil 1573.4.

Central Section 347 birds; 1st Darvel HS is H Wallace 1652.5, 1st Irvine HS is E Diamond 1580.0,  1st Kilmarnock Inv is J & R Bryson 1510.2, 1st Crosshouse HS is W Julyan 1467.9.

South Section 665 birds;

1st Whitletts & District is W Lawrence 1380.5, 1st Annbank & District is D Graham 1251.6, 1st Carrick & District is Jamieson & Cameron 1201.6, 1st Dalmellington PC is G Mitchell 1026.7, 1st Cumnock & District is J Mackenzie 903.0.   Joe I have attached the race report as well as pictures of the 1st federation winner Hugh Wallace and pictures the 2nd & 3rd fed pigeons. I have also included a photo of the baskets sitting at Dalry Club hut with the water on the crates awaiting collection and another picture of the birds loaded ready to go to race point, yours Archie.

Dalry HS Lauder Birds with water on 09 08 21    Dalry HS Lauder loaded and ready to go 09 08 21
Dalry HS Lauder Birds with water on & Dalry HS Lauder loaded and ready to go.

Scottish Central Federation

News from Bernie Britton ‘Hi Joe, hope you’re all well and staying safe. The Broxburn & Uphall result from Stobs Camp had 6 members sending 213 birds, with the convoy liberated at 10am into a light North East wind. Winning 1st club is the partnership of Sid Steven & Davie Gullane flying a natural mealy cock. Sire and dam are from stock birds gifted to them from his good friend John McNeill. Sire has ‘Sanny’s Memory’ John’s Combine winner and ‘Heather’ John’s 2nd open Gold Cup and Jocky King’s ‘Mary’. Dam has won twice from Ancenis so you will see Joe a well-bred young bird. 2nd& 3rd club is Gordon Mackenzie with his first a blue-bar cock on darkness a ‘Gabby’ from his good mate Stuart Knowles. Gordon’s 2nd bird is a blue bar ‘Gabby’ home bred from his new stock on darkness. Well done to Davie Jamieson on winning the fed taking the first 8 positions.      

Winchburgh & District P C

Had 7 members sending 137 birds, taking the first 3 in the club is Ally Hogg. Sorry Joe no information on the birds, you take care Bernie’.  


North of Scotland Federation

News from George Duthie who informs us the federation had 37 members sending 852 birds to Brechin (1) these were liberated into a south south east wind. Topping the federation and east section (16 members 375 birds) is Stuart Maskame of Peterhead club he takes the first 3 in the race. Club mate N Holt is 4th 9th & 23rd with another club mate Chris & M Williams taking the next 2 positions plus 8th section and open. A Higgins of Fraserburgh West End club is 7th open. G Findlay of Peterhead & District is 10th 11th & 15th east section and open with A W Buchan of Fraserburgh & District winning 12th 13th & 14th section and open. M Whittleton of Fraserburgh & District is 16th & 19th east section and open. Colin McRae of the same club is 17th east section and open with A Higgins of Fraserburgh West End club in 18th & 22nd spots. Club mate R Lawrance wins 20th section and open. G McLeod of Fraserburgh & District is 21st open. The first 3 west section places (21 members sent 477 birds) goes to A Hay of Devern Valley club who is also 24th 25th & 26th open. Club mate A Milne is 4th west section 27th open with  R Wilson of Keith in 5th west section 28th open D Feaks of Elgin & District club wins 6th 7th & 8th west section 29th 30th & 31st open with J Thomson of Elgin & District winning the last 2 places in the west section and was 32nd & 33rd open.  Well done to S Maskame on topping the federation and to A Hay on winning the west Section.

Clubs First Birds as follows;

Peterhead & District winner is S MASKAME 1473.531

Fr. West End winner is A Higgins 1460.482

Fr. & District winner is A W Buchan 1446.452

Devern Valley winner is A Hay 1255.864

Keith winner is R Wilson 1240.198

Elgin & District winner is D Feaks 1230.775

Joe’s Joke

A woman sends a text to her husband. ‘Honey, don’t forget to buy BREAD when you come home from work and your girlfriend Valerie greets you?’

Husband; who is Valerie? Wife; Nobody, I just wanted you to answer, to have conformation that you saw my text. Husband; But I’m with Valerie right now, I thought you saw me? Wife; What??? Where are you???  Husband; near the bakery. Wife; Wait, I’m coming right now!! After 5 minutes, his wife sends him a message; Wife; I’m at the bakery, where are you?? Husband; I’m at work. Now that you’re at the bakery, but the bread! xx

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