The Joe Murphy Column
Arbroath Racing Pigeon Club
Almond Valley Federation
Bonnybridge 67 birds; G Harris 1507.363, V Couper 1488.808, G Harris 1449.102, V Couper 1444.723
Carnwath 52 birds; Thomson Bros 1152.449, 1152.349, J Stokes 1132.753, 1132.653
East Calder 97 birds; F Jamieson & Son 1564.094, 1539.627, 1539.627, 1539.273
West Calder 97 birds; J Hadfield 1509.722, J Bird 1504.839, 1473.387, J Hadfield 1470.970.
News from Archie MacIntyre who wrote; ‘Hi Joe, please find attached race report from Ayrshire from their Darlington race held on Sunday 5th September. As well as the report, Joe I have attached a picture of Robert Reid winner of 1st federation and a picture of Jim Shepherd holding his 2nd federation pigeon and a picture of Jim holding his 3rd federation winning. This is our second last race report Joe, only one more race to go. I will also send you in the weeks to come a small write up the Dalry 2 Bird challenge race and pictures from our presentation night once we get it arranged in the next few weeks. Many Thanks again Joe. From the federation 6th race of the season from Darlington held on the 4th September with an entry of 222 birds for a distance of between 127 miles up to 161 miles to the north end of the fed. After a one day holdover (The first in many years) the birds were liberated at 09:45 into a light south wind. Reports from the liberation site were the birds cleared very quickly in a North direction.
Robert Reid 1st Fed Darlington YB
Jim Shepherd 2nd Fed Darlington YB & Jim Shepherd 3rd Fed Darlington YB
Leading the way in the federation this week on a velocity of 1392.7 is the man that is never far away from the top, Robert Reid of Beith. Robert’s fed winner was an early bred blue bar cock bred from 2 retired racers. The sire is a dark cock which won 1st region, 12th open Buckingham in the SNFC flying 300 miles and he was also 4th section Ypres National flying 460 miles. Dam is a blue hen with 2 national diplomas from Maidstone 400 miles and Ypres 460 miles. She was 9 years old this year highlighting the fact that old hens can still produce quality young. She also bred a winner last year when she was 8 years old. This pair having produced numerous good pigeons over the years for Robert.
The young blue cock had all races up to Darlington and was sent to this race on a 4 day old youngster.
2nd and 3rd federation this week on 1387.6 and 1387.2 is Jim Shepherd of Beith. Jim & Robert train together and this is very noticeable with the arrival of these pigeons, only seconds between the birds. Jim wrote, ‘Hi Archie 2nd Fed “5166” sire “3317” was 3rd club 5th federation Ripon young birds in 2020. The dam “7750” was my second pigeon at Huntington in 2021. The breeding is just a mixture of my own Heinz family. 3rd fed “5155” sire “3297” was 5th club 14th fed Ripon YBs in 2020 again is a mixture of my own Heinz family. The Dam is “3974” blue hen of Robert Reid’s bloodlines. This hen has turned in a few prize winners for me now. Both 2nd and 3rd federation pigeons are darkness bred and flying to the perch.
Winners from in and around the clubs: (Only 8 clubs sent out of a total of 13 clubs)
North Section 163 Birds (All Clubs Sent)
1st Dalry HS, R Reid 1392.7: 1st Ardeer HS Grant & McGovern 1320.2,
1st Darvel HS are Cowan & Findlay 1294.5, 1st Kilwinning HS is M Salmon 1204.
Central Section 37 Birds (3 Clubs out of 4 sent)
1st Irvine HS 1st Crossan & Connelly 1089.1: 1st Kilmarnock Invitation 1st R Young 1030.6.
South Section 22 Birds. (2 clubs out of 6 sent)
1st Whitletts & District 1st Cree & Cuthbert 953.0: 1st Cumnock & District 1st J MacKenzie 795.4.
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 265 birds were liberated at 09-15 hours into a light south east wind at Wakefield. Taking the first 8 places in the west section and 1st 2nd 37th 38th 41st 42nd 43rd & 44th open are J Hynd & son of Crossgates club. Dave Baldie of St Andrews takes the first 4 in the east section and 3rd to 6th in the open. M Molloy of Methilhaven club is 5th east section 7th 32nd & 35th open plus with Tam Laing of Kennoway wins 6th east section 8th open. Tam Cook of the same Kennoway club is 6th 7th & 10th east section 9th 10th & 12th open. Brain Chalmers of the same club wins the 9th east section 11th open with other birds winning 13th 16th 17th 20th 21st 24th to 28th 30th 31st 39th & 40th open. Davie Hunter of Methilhaven club is 14th & 15th open with the inform loft of Jim & Gary Peggie winning 18th 19th 22nd & 36th open. Sean Diamond of Kennoway wins 1st centre section 23rd open.
North of Scotland Federation
Devern Valley winner; J ABEL velocity; 1533.383
Fraserburgh & District winner; C MCRAE velocity; 1516.072
Peterhead & District winner; S MASKAME velocity; 1503.221
Fraserburgh West End winner; R LAWRANCE velocity; 1482.687
Inverurie winner; R ADAMSON velocity; 1341.833
Elgin & District winner; J THOMSON velocity; 1318.509
Buckie & District winner; F CARSTAIRS velocity; 1251.288
Keith winner; A CRUICKSHANK velocity; 1247.851
Well done to J ABEL on topping the federation and also well done to C McRae on winning the East Section
New Lothian RPC
News from Andy Miller with the Wetherby young bird race flown on Sunday 5th September with the convoy of 852 birds entered by 35 lofts liberated into a south to south east wind at 09-45 hours. Taking top honours are Helen Aitken & Sons from Danderhall who are also 14th 16th 17th 19th & 20th win £95.90. Blown & Black of Woodburn club are 2nd & 4th with J McIvor of Danderhall club in 3rd spot. M Robertson of Danderhall club is 5th with Black & Robertson of the same club in 6th place. A Walker of Danderhall is 7th & 9th with club members Black & Robertson in 8th spot. A. Walker of Danderhall club is 9th with club mates S & S Tierney in 11th spot followed by Jim Haig winning 12th place. W Kinnear & son of Danderhall club are 13th with A W Robertson in 15th & 18th places