The Joe Murphy Column
Angus Federation held their race from Tow Law approximately 137 miles to the home area, after last week’s good race everyone was in high spirits for a good race. The weather forecast all week was a north wind but somewhere along the route it turned with the winning pigeon doing a velocity of 1492. Back at the top is press officer Ken Droog and son who`s birds are in super form. Kenny thinking he had plenty of time he went into the house leaving the grandchildren Ellis and brother Harris in the garden, from the house he looked out and they were playing in front of the young bird loft with a big stick. Three birds were on the loft roof, the children were quickly called in and Kenny rushed out to call the birds in, imagine his surprise on entering the loft to find two other birds must have gone straight in. The result was he took 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th plus 13th 15th, 16th and 17th from his 26 youngsters sent. I will not bore you, (says Kenny) by giving you the info on the first two, they are nest mates paired together sitting 10day eggs. Their sister won 60th open SNFC young bird national flying 287 miles from an entry of 2577 birds. They are bred from his best Brockamp Euro Diamond blood, the sire being inbred to ‘George’ Brockamp’s best breeder and the dam is a granddaughter of ‘Euro Diamond’ she is a goldmine. A granddaughter this year won 1st federation Wakefield and then the same yearling hen won 5th section C 18th open SNFC Eastbourne flying 428 miles on a velocity of 1053; she was the furthest flying yearling on the night. They are also grand-children to 1st NFC Saintes. The 3rd federation goes to club Secretary David Liddle who timed in a previous federation winner from Wooler, that day 25 birds hit the town together but he dived straight in to win the race. He is bred from a grandson of Robert Rome`s ‘Dagger’ 1st SNFC Newbury 261 miles, the dam is from Gordon Campbell crossed into David`s old family, David also takes 14th place with his next bird. Ian Scott managed 3rd 18th and 19th fed, with David Glen taking 11th, 12th & 20th spot. Eric Galloway still using rubbers wins a very good 8th, 9th & 10th federation, Eric has been with the winners most weeks, the birds are on the sliding door and are a combination of birds he received from his good friend Dave Stuart who recently passed. The north section was won by W Dorward on 1385 and C & G Cameron on 1383 and D & D Hay in 3rd place on 1381.
Arbroath Racing Pigeon Club
Almond Valley Federation
Bonnybridge 121 birds; V Couper 995.738, 995.738, M Jackson 987.632, V Couper 975.866
Carnwath 89 birds; I Thomson 977.576, R Robertson 953.090, 950.083, J Stokes 945.152
East Calder birds; 168 J Sweeney 955.571, 955.318, F Jamieson & Son 855.055, 884.19
West Calder 127 birds; J Hadfield 957.800, 954.017, 953.194, J Bird 949.952
News from Archie MacIntyre who wrote; ‘Hi Joe, please find attached 5th race report for the Blaydon/Swallwell race. I have also attached pictures of John Simpson who has topped the federation for the second week in row and pictures of Grant & McGovern's 2nd & 3rd federation winning pigeons. Many thanks’ once again Joe for all your support: The entry of 657 birds for a distance of between 110 miles up to 137 miles to the north end of the federation; Alex had the birds up and away for 09-00 with No wind at the liberation point and the birds cleared very quick in a northerly direction. Reports from around the clubs were the some members were getting good returns and others were struggling. Leasing the way in the federation this week on 1264.1 velocities and notching up his 2nd federation win on the trot is John Simpson of Ardeer HS. John’s winner this week, “528” is bred down from 2 yearlings out of his race team that have both flown out to about 200 miles.
John Simpson 1st Fed Blaydon YB
The sire and dam are in essence Macaloney bloodlines. The sire being off 2 direct Macaloney birds and the dam is bred down off ‘The Welsh cock’ purchased from D Hughes (Mountain View Lofts) from Wales from his direct Macaloney bloodlines when paired to a Macaloney hen John purchased at a Doncaster sale direct off the Macaloney’s champion “Black Caviar”. Both parents flew steady for John and he stopped them for next season hoping for some good results from them. “528” was also 14th federation from Wooler 2 the previous week race. 2nd and 3rd federation this week on 1263.7 and 1263.1 is the Ardeer partnership of John Grant and Stevie McGovern. The partnership 1st bird is a Frans Zwols pigeon from Richey Heron in the North East of England and is flown on the darkness system. He was also 3rd fed the previous week from Wooler 2. 3rd fed for the lads with a darkness chequer hen “614” and she has flown the last 3 races. Last week John was winding her up a bit by taking her away from her cock for short periods at a time to try and add a bit more motivation to her. On the Thursday night John mentioned to his partner Stevie they had 5 or 6 pigeons that wouldn't be far away on Saturday and she was one of them. Sure as John’s word, she only missed out on the top spot by seconds. Breeding on both sides is Robert Reid of Beith, a man who needs no introduction in Ayrshire and throughout Scotland with his federation and SNFC performances.
Grant & McGovern 2nd Fed Blaydon YB & Grant & McGovern 3rd Fed Blaydon YB
Winners from in and around the Clubs
North Section 360 Birds
1st Ardeer HS is J Simpson 1264.1, 1st Kilwinning HS is M Salmon 1256.1,
1st Dalry HS is J R Ramsay 1217.4. Darvel HS winner are Cowan & Findlay 1187.3.
Central Section 94 Birds
1st Kilmarnock Invitation is R Young 1243.8, 1st Irvine HS is T Blakely 1126.0,
1st Crosshouse HS is I Noble 1037.1.
South Section 203 Birds
1st Cumnock & District is J Mackenzie 1176.2, 1st Whitletts & District is G Boyle 1104.9, 1st Dalmellington is G Mitchell 1047.8, 1st Annbank & District is D Harris 970.5, and 1st Mauchline is J Watters 585.9.
Scottish Central Federation
Winchburgh & District Pigeon Club
Had 3 members sending 31 birds; Taking 1st club 8th federation is Tom & Georgina Weir with a Herman Ceuster bred by PS2 Lofts flying on darkness sitting 7 day eggs. 2nd & 3rd club 9th & 18th federation is Mark Doran his first bird is a Tommy Blair x Joe Davis from the stock loft. His 2nd bird winning 18th federation is darkness Herman Ceuster Tommy Blair x John Duthie; while the dam is a John Duthie hen. Thanks once again Joe for all your help, 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 586 birds were liberated at 9-15 hours into a light North West wind. The east section had Kennoway sending 81 birds, St Andrews 35 birds and Methilhaven 149 birds. Brian Chalmers of Kennoway takes the first 10 places in the federation and east section. The west section had Lochgelly club sending 49 birds, Dunfermline 117th and Crossgates 155 birds. Crossgates J Hynd & Son are 1st 2nd 4th & 9th with Frank Mitchell of Dunfermline club in 3rd place. Davie Hunter of Lochgelly is 5th with W Pratt of Crossgates in 7th spot followed by club mate G Bell loft 1 wins 8th spot he is followed by R Cook of the same club in 10th position.
News from Andy Miller who writes; Joe the 2nd young bird race from Otterburn (2) race flown on Saturday 14th August were 9 clubs send 3019 birds; Liberated at 09-30 into a south west wind the result is as follows; first place goes to J McIvor of Danderhall club with Helen Aitken & son of the same club in 2nd & 4th places. Freddie Robertson of Danderhall is 3rd 5th 6th 8th & 10th with Willie Pryde & son of Arniston in 7th & 9th spots
Danderhall 1068 birds; J. McIvor 1349.5 H. Aitken & Sons 1348.5 F. Robertson 1348.2
Arniston 468 birds; W. Pryde & Son 1347.8 W. Pryde & Son 1346.2 J. Milne 1339.5
Easthouses 254 birds; Perring& Cameron 1340 R. Simpson 1339 R. Simpson 1318
Woodburn 270 birds; G. Stewart 1325 Brown & Black 1310 D. & J. Allen 1286
Castlebrae 96 birds; L. Mitchell 1322 E. Willis 1321 E. Willis 1319
Edinburgh Premier 259 birds; L. Affleck 1320.2 L. Affleck 1320.0 K. Dick 1314
Sighthill 244 birds; A. Miller 1299 I. Summers 1296 Mr. & Mrs. Girdwood 1282
Bonnyrigg 263 birds; Benson & Moran 1279 Benson & Moran 1185 R. Simpson Snr 1155
Edinburgh West 97 birds; C. Bennett 1201 C. Bennett 1162 C. Bennett 1127
‘Joe the 3rd young bird race of the season was from Catterick flown on Saturday 28th August, the distance of 114-126 miles for the members. This week’s winner is Stark & Livingston who fly their birds in Bonnyrigg club. Their timer is a darkness blue bar hen of Franz Zwols origin, having been sent every week. Bred by Willie & John Pryde from Gorebridge and flying to the perch. Returns were a mixed bag with some having all home and others with many missing and birds being reported as far away as Wales.
New Lothian RPC
News from Andy Miller with the Catterick young bird race flown on Saturday 28th August with the convoy of 1528 birds entered by 45 lofts liberated at 09-45am into a light North West wind. Taking the first 2 places is M Robertson of Danderhall who wins £192 for his efforts. Club mates S & S Tierney are 3rd 8th & 17th with Black & Robertson of the same club winning 4th 5th 6th 8th 10th & 13th open. A W Robertson of the same club is 9th with another Danderhall club member A Walker winning 11th & 14th places. J Milne of Arniston is 12th with
Steve Girdwood of Sighthill is 15th & 18th with K Wright of Danderhall club in 16th spot. E Willis of Castlebrae club is 19th with Willie Pryde & son John of Arniston in 20th place.
Yesterday, a 45-year-old man was going to bed when he heard thieves in his garage. He called the police; unfortunately, the officer on the phone told him ‘We don't have any police officers free at the moment’. The guy hung up and then called again a minute later and tells the officer: - ‘It’s about these thieves in my garage. Don't bother coming anymore I’ve shot them’. After literally 2 minutes, 4 police cars, armed response team, counter terrorists, ambulances, the thieves were obviously caught. Police officers had a chat with the gentleman. Officer says – ‘You said you shot them! ‘Gentlemen – ‘And you said you don't have a free police cars’...
To the 88 year old man who sent me a joke I thank him and it was funny, but the girls in the office would not have approved so therefore I cannot use your joke Joe M.