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Haverton Hill Presentation 05-02-20

 

“The Original” Around The Up North Combine

Ali McLeod winner of Teesside Federation Combined Average, 1st Up North Combine, 1st Queens Cup

By Good Corn

 

 

Camera Man Hayden and myself were invited to present the 2019 silverware for both the Haverton Hill H/S and the Teesside Federation at the Billingham Rugby Club on Friday 10th January 2020.  The very hard working Tommy Barron who has done a brilliant job as Secretary of both Haverton Hill and the Teesside Federation took to the floor to welcome Hayden, myself, members, family and friends to the 2019 presentation evening which included fanciers from the Tees Valley Federation to give an attendance of over 50 people which I have to say was a very good turn-out. I have known Tommy and his younger brother Robert a great number of years with me first meeting the Brothers while working on Wilton I.C.I. As I have known Tommy for so long it was no surprise he has being a great success in running both Secretary jobs throughout the racing season, granted there has being a few tweaks here and there but everyone goes through that from time to time, I have yet to meet the person who gets everything right all of the time. Haverton Hill sent a total of 2,513 birds throughout the 2019 racing season with £1,110.07 paid out in pools money, £335.00 in Ring Scheme, £400.00 in Yearling Nominations and another £1,350.00 in Gold Rings where three prizes were up for grabs. 1st winning £700.00 while 2nd banked £400.00 and 3rd netting £250.00 which was very good money to be flown for. The Teesside Federation that is now down to three Clubs sent a total of 9,194 birds throughout the season plus another 50 birds sent to the North Of England Homing Union Brighton 2-Bird Centenary Race, giving a total pay-out of £590.00 in pools and another £1,080.00 in Federation Nominations.

 

Tommy always receives great support like he did on the night from his good lady wife Chris who had just recently celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary, after all them years they must be doing something right.  

 

 

I have said it before and I will say it again, that although the number of members, Clubs and birdage is a far cry from the once mighty Teesside Federation when there was up to 7,000 birds competing from some races. Them days are long gone, and they are not coming back, but the will and hard work to be successful from the present members will continue despite who they are competing against. I started reporting on the Teesside Federation race results in 2015 when there was four flying Clubs, the very same year Ali McLeod of Billingham T U H/S won 1st Club, 1st Federation, 1st Section and 1st Up North Combine Burbure with “Gaby Lou” winning a Combine Gold Medal from a convoy of 16,617 birds. Ali was up there again in 2017 when he won 1st Club, 1st Federation, 1st Section and 2nd Up North Combine Burbure (1) winning a Combine Silver Medal when there were 13,268 birds competing. On to 2018 where the Haverton Hill partnership of Andrew Appleton & Paul Longstaff won 1st Club, 1st Federation, 1st Section and 3rd Up North Combine Burbure winning a Combine Bronze Medal from a convoy of 10,633 birds. I for one has never said that “the Teesside Federation is not as competitive as it once was”, the three mentioned Combine Medal winning performances don't lie.    

 

Good Corn presenting silverware to Old Bird Inland Average, Channel Average, Combined Average and Old Bird Of The Year winning Ali McLeod & son James with Tommy Barron.

 

The Haverton Hill loft of Andrew “Jappa” Appleton & Paul “Skunky” Longstaff and loft helper Alby Woodward, the former partner of Colin Atkinson of Billingham T U H/S enjoyed a fantastic 2019 racing season winning 10 x 1st Clubs and 2 x 1st Teesside Federations. With the lads being joint winners of the Club Old Bird Average, winners of the Club Channel Average and winners of the Club Combined Average. Jappa & Paul were in the points from day one when they timed two birds to take 2nd and 5th Club old bird Bubwith, with the duo's blue card scorer going on to lift 8th Federation. The boys had another two birds in the frame a week later from the Newark Show Ground where 2nd and 4th Club was netted, with the blue card potter netting 16th Federation. “The Dynamic Duo” hit the winners' enclosure from the third race out of Oakham (1) after clocking a couple of birds for the third week running to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 5th and 14th Federation. The lad's achieved their second straight win at Oakham (2) in fantastic style timing no fewer than five of their entries to win a belting 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, the red card winner that was five minutes in front went on to score 8th Federation while the blue card potter notched up 15th Federation. The inform Jappa & Skunky recorded a hat-trick of wins at Chelmsford (1) when a trio of birds were timed to win 1st, 3rd and 6th Club, 2nd, 11th and 18th Federation when there was 427 birds away. On to the Folkestone (1) National when the lads potted 2nd, 3rd and 6th Club with the well-fancied blue card lifter winning the Club £1 pools pocketing £37.00, 2nd £10 Yearling Nomination netting £60.00, 2nd Federation and 1st Federation pools stashing away another £70.00. While the lad's green card potter went on to notch up 12th Federation. Next up was Oakham (3) where a single bird was timed to chalk up 4th Club winning the 25p Club pool netting £7.75 and 16th Federation. 

 

Paul Longstaff & Alby Woodward of Appleton & Longstaff the winners of 10 x 1st Clubs, 2 x 1st Federations and 1 x 1st Federation nominations receiving the Reims Trophy from Good Corn.

 

Moving onto the first channel race Ypres where Jappa & Paul who have previously flown a very impressive channel bird at Club, Federation and Up North Combine level really went to Town after timing no fewer than four of their squad in the space of an incredible three seconds to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club. With the lad's red card winner lifting £23.34 for winning the 25p Club pools before going on to chalk up 7th Federation, while their blue card potter who was two seconds behind the winner netted 8th Federation. The green and yellow card lifters that touched down together one second after the blue card scorer went on to chalk up 9th and 10th Federation; the duo later timed a well-fancied entry to win the 50p and £1 Club pools to bank another £22.50 to finishing off an outstanding loft performance. A single bird was on the clock a week later when the birds were at Chelmsford (2) when the boys notched up 4th Club. Back over the pond at Roye the second channel race of the season were Jappa & Paul made it two water race wins on the trot after timing no less than four of their entries to win 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th Club, with the well-fancied red card winner getting in to the money by winning the 25p Club pools picking up £15.61 and 1st £10 Yearling Nomination banking another £115.00. The chart-topper also went on to score a notable 3rd Federation and 35th Up North Combine out of an entry of 6,476 birds. The lad's blue card scorer chalked up 4th Federation and 54th Up North Combine while third on the clock claimed 12th Federation and 230th Up North Combine, with their fourth timer notching up 14th Federation.    

 

 

A trio of birds were on the clock at Huntingdon (1) to claim 4th Club, 12th, 18th and 19th Federation. On to the Folkestone (2) National which saw Jappa & Paul time five of their team to notch up 3rd and 4th Club, 7th, 9th, 18th, 19th and 20th Federation. A third cracking channel team performance was achieved from the fourth water race Reims when Jappa & Paul had no fewer than five of their seven entries on the clock to win a brilliant 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Club, 1st, 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th Federation. With Jappa & Paul's pole position Federation winner going on to score a cracking 20th Up North Combine from a convoy of 3,124 birds. The lad's next three times went on to chalk up 132nd, 133rd and 170th Up North Combine from a distance of 433 birds. This was followed up by having a couple of birds in the frame from Newark Cattle Market to lift 3rd and 5th Club, with the green card potter going on to claim 10th Federation. The boys were back in Town at Oakham (4) to record their seventh win of the season when they had a couple of their entries on the clock to win 1st and 6th Club with their red card winner netting £10.72 for winning the Club 10p pools and going on to score 7th Federation. Jappa & Paul had no fewer than four birds on the clock from Burbure to chalk up a very nice 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Club, with the blue and green card potters that were timed six seconds apart going on to net 10th and 11th Federation while their other couple of timers took 13th and 16th Federation to finish off a very impressive old bird season and more so from their top channel performances.  

 

 

Moving on to the first of nine young bird races which started at Pontefract (1) where Jappa & Paul zoomed straight in to the winners' enclosure after timing five birds to win a cracking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Club, with their first three youngsters on the clock chalking up 7th, 8th and 9th Federation. A single youngster was on the clock out of Newark Show Ground to pot a nice 3rd Club, 3rd Federation. Jappa & Paul returned to their winning ways at Oakham (1) when they timed four birds to win 1st, 5th and 6th Club, with their winning youngster winning the Club 10p pools taking £22.61 and 1st £5 Ring pocketing another £55.00 before going on to win a top-notch 1st Federation from a convoy of 515 birds. The lads other three timers went on to notch up 10th, 12th and 20th Federation, a later fancied baby was timed to win the Club 25p pools claiming £3.00. Jappa & Paul were amongst them again at Oakham (2) when three of their entries were on the clock to lift a steady 3rd, 4th and 6th Club with the green card scorer taking 12th Federation and their well-fancied yellow card potter that was timed one second after the green card lifter winning the Club £1 pools pocketing £15.75 and going on to take 13th Federation and win the Federation Nomination. While the third timer notched up 15th Federation; Paul will have money when it goes out of fashion for the lads timed two later birds to win 1st and 2nd £5 Rings pocketing £80.00. A couple of youngsters were in the frame a week later out of Chelmsford when 3rd and 5th Club was taken with the green card potter going on to rack up 20th Federation.

 

 

The lad's enjoyed a good clocking day the following race from the Maidstone National where no less than six of their squad were on the clock to lift a useful 2nd, 4th and 6th Club, 10th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th Federation. With Jappa & Paul's fourth timer winning 2nd £5 Ring claiming £25.00. That was quickly followed up by timing a single bird at Wakefield (1) to lift 2nd Club, 11th Federation. The birds were at Wakefield (2) the following week, the final race of the 2019 racing season which resulted in Jappa & Paul finishing their outstanding season on a high after timing no fewer than four of their team to win a cracking 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Club, with the red card winner going on to chalk up 8th Federation while the blue card potting youngster netted 12th Federation to round off a brilliant 2019 racing season.      

 

The family partnership of Stewart “Lewie” Lewis, Amber & Coby McCabe had a cracking season winning 8 x 1st Clubs and 2 x 1st Federations. Lewie and daughters Amber & Coby got off to a brilliant start to the new season after timing a couple of their squad to win 1st and 4th Club out of Bubwith, with their well out in front red card winner going on to win a top-notch 1st Federation out of an entry of 516 birds. The following week when the birds were at the Newark Show Ground a single bird was timed to pocket 3rd Club. Stewart, Amber & Coby were in the points for the third consecutive race when they timed two of their team two seconds apart to lift 4th and 5th Club Oakham (1), with the trio's well-fancied yellow card potter winning the Federation Nomination. The partnership was out of the points the following week at Oakham (2) but still managed to win the Club 50p and £1 pools netting £17.50.  Lewie, Amber & Coby were back in the points a week later out of Chelmsford (1) when they took a nice 2nd and 4th Club. 9th and 13th Federation. Lewie, Amber & Coby returned to their winning ways in brilliant style from the Folkestone (1) National when they recorded their second Club and Federation win of the season out of 385 birds. The fancied pole position winner won the 10p Club pools claiming £19.97 and £10 Yearling Nomination pocketing another £115 before going on to score 117th Up North Combine from a convoy of 15,161 birds. The partnership followed that up a week later by taking 3rd Club, 15th Federation Oakham (3).

 

 

Lewie, Amber & Coby returned to their winning ways out of Chelmsford (2) when they won 1st Club winning the 10p Club pools lifting £19.95 and a cracking 2nd Federation. And then 2nd Club, 5th Federation was netted at the North Of England Homing Union Brighton 2-Bird Centenary Race. Another win came Lewie, Amber & Coby's way at Newark Cattle Market when no fewer than five of their entries were on the clock to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club with the well-fancied chart-topper winning the Club £1 pools banking £27.30. That was quickly followed up by taking a notable 2nd Club, 7th Federation, 79th Up North Combine Roye; with the blue card potter netting 2nd in the Club £10 Yearling Nomination lifting £60.00 and 2nd Federation pools banking another £25.00. And then came the partnerships 5th Club, 10th Federation Folkestone (2) National. Another win was clocked up from Newark Cattle Market when three birds were timed to win 1st, 4th and 7th  Club with the red and yellow card scorers going on to score 6th and 18th Federation, while Lewie, Amber & Coby's well-fancied third timer won the Club £1 pools pocketing £13.50.

 

 

The next inland race was from Oakham (4) the final old bird inland race of the season which saw  Lewie, Amber & Coby have two of their entries in the frame to chalk up 3rd and 4th Club, 9th and 16th Federation. It was all smiles for Lewie, Amber & Coby the following week when the birds were at the fifth and final channel race of the campaign after racking up their second win on the bounce and recording their sixth win of the season when winning 1st Club Burbure. With the pole position winner that topped the Club charts by four minutes going on to score 6th Federation and 178th Up North Combine when there was 8,025 birds competing to round off a very good old bird season for Lewie, Amber & Coby which consisted of 2 x 1st Federation wins which they must have being over the moon with.  

 

 

Moving on to the young birds where Lewie, Amber & Coby's first points were achieved from the third race Newark Show Ground where the partnership timed a couple of their ten entries to chalk up a nice 2nd and 6th Club with their well-fancied blue card scorer winning the Club £1 pools netting £12.25 and a notable 2nd Federation when there was 824 birds competing. The trio were in the points for the second race running out of Oakham (1) when a single youngster was timed to rack up 3rd Club, 7th Federation. Lewie, Amber & Coby were in the frame for the fourth consecutive race when they took 2nd and 5th Club, 11th and 14th Federation at Oakham (2) with the blue card being chalked up by a blue cock. The same blue cock took 2nd Club again the following week from Chelmsford when the well-fancied blue card scorer won the Club £1 pools banking £16.75 and going on to lift 17th Federation this time, a second baby was timed to notch up 6th Club. Lewie, Amber & Coby's inform blue cock was in the frame for the third consecutive race at the Maidstone National when the well-fancied cock won a top-notch 1st Club, 1st Club £1 pools netting £26.14 and going on to pot 9th Federation and also winning the Federation Nomination.     

Amber McCabe & Stewart Lewis (Stewart Lewis, Amber & Coby McCabe) winners of 8 x 1st Clubs, Young Bird Of The Year, 2 x 1st Federations and 2 x 1st Federation Nominations.

 

Lewie, Amber & Coby's faithful young blue cock became both the lofts and Clubs Star of the young bird season after being in the frame for the fourth race running out of Wakefield (1) winning 1st Club for the second week running. The inform and well-fancied cock won the Club £1 pools lifting £27.82 and also taking 10th Federation out of an entry of 271 birds. The top-drawer 2  x 1st and 2 x 2nd Clubs won the outstanding blue cock the “Carole Simpson Young Bird Of The Year Trophy” which was well and truly deserved. The curtain came down on Lewie, Amber & Coby's impressive young bird season a week later at Wakefield (2) when two birds were on the clock to take 3rd and 6th Club, with the green card lifter going on to pocket 14th Federation.

 

 

Nathan Bonar was the winner of 2 x 1st Clubs, 3rd Gold Ring and 1 x 1st Federation Nominations.    Young Nathan achieved his first position of the season at old bird Chelmsford (1) where the lad took 5th Club, 15th Federation with a yearling chequer cock. The youngster who I believe will improve on his racing performances as time goes on and bearing in mind this is Nathan's first full season after starting racing the young birds in 2018 where he flew very well, winning the “Carole Simpson Young Bird Of The Year Memorial Trophy. Nathan who only had yearlings to race this season was back in the frame at Oakham (3) when he timed a couple of his team to lift 2nd and 6th Club with the blue card scorer going on to net 14th Federation. While the second bird on the clock was a well-fancied chequer hen with the lady not letting Nathan down for having faith in her for she won the 10p and £1 Club pools pocketing £19.40 and also winning the Federation Nomination which rounded off a very good day for the lad. And then 4th Club, 9th Federation was taken from the North Of England Homing Union Brighton 2-Bird Centenary Race, and then Nathan took 3rd Club, 9th Federation Huntingdon (2). 

 

 

Nathan's first young bird points were achieved at Oakham (1) where the lad had three of his squad on the clock to chalk up a nice 2nd, 4th and 7th Club, with the blue card potter taking 2nd £5 Ring pocketing £25.00 and a creditable 3rd Federation. The yellow card lifter netted 9th Federation while Nathan's third baby on the clock took 17th Federation; Nathan timed a later well-fancied bird to win the Club 50p and £1 pools picking up £14.00. Nathan hit top spot a week later at Oakham (2) after a couple of birds were timed to win a well-earned and notable 1st Club, 10th and 20th Federation, with the pole position winner netting £15.46 for winning the Club 10p pools. It was happy days for the second race running for Nathan when he won 1st Club winning the 10p pools pocketing £12.12 and 14th Federation out of Chelmsford with the same youngsters that was 20th Federation the previous week out of Oakham (2). Nathan was back in the frame from the Maidstone National where the lad timed a couple of his entries to net a useful 3rd and 5th Club with the green card scorer winning 1st £5 Ring banking £60.00 and going on to rack up 11th Federation. While the second youngster on the clock notched up 13th Federation. Nathan had a single bird in the frame from Wakefield (1) to pot a useful 3rd Club.   

Good Corn presenting silverware to Nathan Bonar of Haverton Hill the winner of 2 x 1st Clubs, 3rd Gold Ring winning £250 and 1 x 1st Federation Nomination.

 

 

John Pledger came good at the North Of England Homing Union Brighton 2-Bird Centenary Race where he timed a 2y chequer cock to win a belting 1st Club, 3rd Federation out of an entry of 50 birds. John also had a 6th Club out of Newark Cattle Market. John had no fewer than four babies on the clock from young bird Pontefract (2) where the lad won a very nice 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Club.   Steven Smith & son Aaron were in the frame from young bird Pontefract (2) where 4th Club was notched up. The loft of Dowson & Grandson netted 5th Club out of Young Bird Pontefract (1). Alan Plews & grandson Joe Ford who have flown an outstanding Pigeon flying in the GYA, had a couple of birds on the clock out of young bird Wakefield (1) to notch up 4th and 6th Club, with the yellow card potting youngster going on to claim 19th Federation.   

John Pledger of Haverton Hill winner of 1st Club Brighton & 1st Club young bird Pontefract (2) 

 

Top prize-winner in the Teesside Federation for 2019 was the outstanding loft of Ali “Mac” McLeod of Billingham T U H/S, Ali has being the Federations highest prize-winner every year since I started reporting on the Federation in 2015 with Ali being top prize-winner numerous of times previous to that, a record to be very, very proud of. Ali was the winner of the Teesside Federation Old Bird Inland Average with 103pts, a whopping 50pts ahead of the next loft. Ali was also the winner of the Teesside Federation Channel Average with 26pts and add the 27pts scored with the young birds that was more than enough to win the Teesside Federation Combined Average with a total of 156pts which are awarded to the first six birds in the Federation, an outstanding 97pts ahead of the next loft which is a brilliant achievement by anyone's standards. Ali was also the winner of the Teesside Federation Old Bird Of The Year which he has won a number of times over the years with some outstanding Pigeons that have gone on to breed numerous of winners in the stock loft. Ali enjoyed a very good clocking day from Bubwith on the opening day of the 2019 old bird racing season after the lad had no fewer than eight of his entries on the clock to score 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club in the space of 12 seconds, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 12th Teesside Federation out of an entry of 516 birds. Mac hit the winners' enclosure from race number two when he had five of his squad in the frame to win a very nice 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 9th and 12th Federation when there was 566 birds competing. Win number two off the belt was achieved at Oakham (1) when five birds were on the clock to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 1st, 7th, 10th, 19th and 20th Federation when there were 572 birds away. Ali racked up a hat-trick of wins from Oakham (2) after timing no less than seven of his team to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th, 13th and 19th Federation from a convoy of 592 birds. Race number five of the season was from Chelmsford (1) where Mac had four birds in the frame to lift 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 5th, 6th, 7th and 12th Federation. Ali got back to his winning ways at the Folkestone (1) National where the first ten Club positions were won with his timers going on to chalk up 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th Federation out of an entry of 385 birds. With the blue card scorer netting 3rd Federation pools pocketing £25.00, a later fancied bird was timed to win the Federation Nomination. The following week when the birds were at Oakham (3) the first nine Club positions were won with the timers going on to win a top-drawer 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th and 17th Federation when there were 459 birds competing.   

 

 

With Ali's birds performing very well it was on to the first channel race which was from Ypres which showed Ali was still as focused as ever after timing four of his water team to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 4th, 6th, 13th and 17th Federation from 291 birds, and also taking 2nd Federation pools pocketing £25.00. Next came the Chelmsford (2) race where Ali won the first ten Club positions and going on to win 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Federation out of an entry of 359 birds. With Mac's pole position Federation winner going on to win an outstanding 1st Section from a convoy of 3,232 birds to put the tin hat on a brilliant team performance. Moving on to the North Of England Homing Union Brighton 2-Bird Centenary Race where Ali won 1st Club, 1st Federation from an entry of 50 birds. The highlight of Mac's season was achieved from the second channel race Roye where six birds were timed to win a cracking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 1st, 6th, 8th, 11th, 18th and 19th Federation out of 179 birds, 1st, 70th, 97th and 161st Up North Combine from a convoy of 6,476 birds. The 1st Up North Combine winner named “JimmyJean” after Ali's late parents who always supported him when he first started racing as a school boy, won a Combine Gold Medal, the “Northcliffe Trophy”, the “Heron Memorial Trophy”, “Stranton H/S Silver Pigeon Trophy”, “Stan Hollis D-Day Trophy” and £100 kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Patterson. The day got even better for Ali for “JimmyJean” went on to win 1st North Of England Homing Union Queens Cup from a convoy of 8,321 birds to round off a brilliant days racing.

 

 

 

It was back on English soil the following week when the birds were at Huntingdon (1) where four birds were timed to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 13th, 15th and 20th Federation out of 276 birds. This was Ali's ninth Club and sixth Federation win of the old bird season, not including his 1st Club, 1st Federation Brighton Open. A couple of birds were on the clock a week later at Huntingdon (2) to win 1st and 2nd Club, 18th and 20th Federation when there were 291 birds away. Two more birds were on the clock the following race at the Folkestone (2) National when Mac won 1st and 2nd Club, 4th and 8th Federation from an entry of 213 birds. On to Newark Cattle Market where Ali won 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 3rd, 15th, 19th and 20th Federation from 269 birds. A better performance was achieved from Oakham (4) the final old bird inland race of the season when Mac won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 12th, 14th and 20th Federation when there were 211 birds competing. The final old bird race of the season was from the fifth channel race Burbure which has being a very good race point for Ali after it replaced Lillers. Ali kept up his impeccable record from Burbure by timing no fewer than six of his squad to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 14th and 18th Federation out of 174 birds, with the first three birds on the clock going on to score 39th, 40th and 85th Up North Combine from a convoy of 8,025 birds to end a brilliant 2020 old bird season.  

 

 

Ali never competed in all the young bird races, I'm sure he only sent to five of the nine races this season. After not sending to the first race from Pontefract (1) Ali set his young bird team off the following week at Pontefract (2) when he timed six birds to chalk up 2nd and 3rd Club, 2nd 3rd, 14th, 15th, 18th and 19th Federation. On to the third race which was from the Newark Show Ground where Mac had five babies in the frame to pot 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th and 17th Federation when there were 824 birds away. A trio of youngsters were on the clock out of Oakham (2) to claim 3rd and 5th Club, 3rd, 5th and 16th Federation. Ali hit the winners' enclosure from Chelmsford after timing no less than seven of his entries to win 1st, 2nd and 4th Club, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 9th, 10th. 13th and 18th Federation out of 354 birds. Ali's final young bird race of the season was at the Maidstone National where the lad took 5th and 6th Club, 5th, 6th, 19th and 20th Federation. 

 

 

Ali would like to thank John Fellows for all the advice and honesty he provided in his hours of need throughout the season, Ali cannot thank John enough for his very sound advice that came at the time when the unwell John was and still is fighting his own Club Dean Bank case to get back racing. Ali and myself wish you all the very best John in the hope we will be competing against you at Combine level in 2020.      

 

 

The loft of Butto Bell & Weedall won 1 x 1st Federation and 3 x 1st Federation Nominations banking £120.00. The loft scored twice with the old birds when Butto had both of his North Of England Homing Union Brighton 2-Bird Centenary Race entries on the clock to chalk up a notable 3rd and 4th Club, 7th and 10th Federation. Butto showed his “Who Dares Wins” attitude at young bird Pontefract (1) when he was the only member to compete in the Club from the first young bird race. But it was all smiles after the race when one of the sports Gentlemen won a most impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 16th, 17th and 20th Federation out of an entry of 289 birds and that was after the first six youngsters wasted a lot of time at the home-end. Butto's well-fancied green card scoring baby won the Federation Nomination to round off a very enjoyable days racing. Butto had his well-fancied 3rd Club, 3rd Federation Pontefract (1) scorer on the clock the following week at Pontefract (2) to net 13th Federation and winning the Federation Nomination for the second race running. Butto was back on track at Wakefield (2) when he had a a couple of his six entries on the clock to win 1st and 2nd Club, 10th and 18th Federation with his well-fancied pole position winner also winning the Federation Nomination which Butto had won three times in nine young bird races.  

 

Good Corn presenting to Butto Bell (Bell & Weedall) winners of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Federation Young Bird Pontefract (1) and 3 x 1st Federation Nominations.

 

The partnership of Brian Atkinson & Keith Perkins who were the winners of 3 x 1st Federation Nominations first chalk of the old bird season came at Oakham (2) when a yearling blue hen was timed to notch up 6th Club, 12th Federation. Brian & Keith were on a high the following week at Chelmsford (1) when they timed their 2018 bred blue hen for the second race running to win a cracking 1st Club, 3rd Federation out of 427 birds and winning the Federation Nomination. The duo were back in the frame from Ypres when they clocked a yearling chequer hen to pocket 5th Club, 19th Federation. Brian & Keith never raced the old birds again after Bourges but retuned with the young birds where they had no less than five babies on the clock out of Pontefract (2) to pocket a useful 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 4th, 5th, 6th, 16th and 17th Federation. The following week at Newark Show Ground four youngsters were clocked to pocket 5th and 6th Club, 9th, 10th, 19th and 20th Federation with the boys also winning the Federation Nomination. The two lads then had a couple of their entries on the clock out of Chelmsford to pot 3rd Club, 5th and 15th Federation, a later fancied youngster was timed to win the Federation Nomination.  

Good Corn with Keith Perkins (Brian Atkinson & Keith Perkins) winners of 1st Club Chelmsford (1) and 3 x 1st Federation Nominations. 

 

Colin Atkinson was in the clock from the North Of England Homing Union Brighton 2-Bird Centenary Race to lift 2nd Club, 2nd Federation. Colin who won the Federation young bird average in 2018 never sent to young bird Pontefract (1) but got off to a winning start at Pontefract (2) after timing no fewer than six birds to win a belting 1st, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th and 12th Federation out of an entry of 516 birds. Colin recorded his second young bird win at Oakham (1) when his red card winner went on to score a very nice 2nd Federation. A trio of birds were on the clock at Oakham (2) to claim 4th, 6th and 7th Club, 4th, 7th and 8th Federation; and then 7th Federation was picked up at the Maidstone National where Colin also took 2nd Federation pools lifting £10.00.

 

Colin Atkinson receiving the 1st Federation Young Bird Pontefract (2) Trophy from Good Corn

 

The Middlesbrough H/S partnership of the late Les Wellburn & sons Les & Derek who were the scorers of 2 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd, 2 x 4th Federations etc first chalk of the old bird season was achieved on day one from Bubwith when 2nd Club, 14th Federation was netted, and that was followed up a week later by taking 17th and 19th Federation Newark Show Ground (1). A trio of birds were timed in the space of 13 seconds out of Oakham (1) to notch up 11th, 12th and 13th Federation; the lads were in the frame for the fourth race running from Oakham (2) when 16th Federation was taken. Les and his brother Derek had three birds on the clock a week later at Chelmsford (1) to pot 2nd and 5th Club, 4th, 14th and 19th Federation. The boys were in amongst them again the following week when the birds were at the Folkestone (1) National when they timed two birds 14 seconds apart to chalk up 3rd and 5th Club, 16th and 18th Federation; two later fancied birds were timed a 2y blue hen and a 3y chequer cock to win the £5 Nominations banking a total of £50.00. A single bird was timed at Oakham (3) to pick up 20th Federation before claiming 3rd and 5th Club, 3rd, 11th and 20th Federation Ypres; and then 4th Club, 15th Federation was potted out of Chelmsford (2). The Brothers were in the channel points for the second race running at Roye where 3rd Club, 15th Federation was taken. Les & Derek hit winning form at Huntingdon (2) when two early birds were timed to win a belting 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 3rd Federation out of an entry of 291 birds.

 

Good Corn presenting to Derek Wellburn of the late Les Wellburn & sons Les & Derek the scorers of 2 x 2nds, 2 x 3rds, 2 x 4ths Federations etc.

 

Les & Derek were in the frame for the third channel race on the belt from their favourite race point Bourges where they chalked up 2nd Club, 4th Federation out of 53 birds and 78th Up North Combine from a convoy of 1,275 birds from the distance of 542 miles. The Brothers were beaten by Clubmates the late Jack Burton & son who Stephen won a most impressive 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 42nd Up North Combine. Stephen was scoring for the second time from the channel after chalking up 2nd Club, 2nd Federation Ypres. Les & Derek achieved their second win of the old bird campaign in fantastic style at the Folkestone (2) National when they timed a couple of their squad to win an impressive 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 5th Federation, with their chart-topper going on to score a cracking 65th Up North Combine from a convoy of 11,493 birds. The lads were in there again a week later at Reims where no less than four of their over the pond entries were timed to lift a nice 3rd and 4th Club, 5th, 7th, 17th and 20th Federation, with the green and yellow card potters going on to net 65th and 117th Up North Combine. The duo were a bit off the pace at Newark Cattle Market but still managed to notch up 14th Federation and that was followed by picking up 19th and 20th Federation out of Burbure. Les & Derek got off to a winning start with the young birds after timing no fewer than five babies at Pontefract (1) to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th Club, 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th and 18th Federation. Arthur Cox & Son stopped Les & Derek from making it a clean sweep by taking 4th and 5th Club, 13th, 14th and 20th Federation.

 

 

Derek Gibson & Burnip were in the frame out of young bird Pontefract (2) where 2nd Club, 20th Federation was taken. Two youngsters touched down together a week later at Newark Show Ground to win a notable 1st and 2nd Club, 11th and 12th Federation. Derek returned to the winners' enclosure at Wakefield (1) when his chart-topper went on to score 9th Federation. It was all smiles again a week later at Wakefield (2) the final race of the 2019 racing season when Derek produced his best performance of the season after timing no fewer than five of his team to win a notable 1st and 2nd Club, 1st, 2nd, 9th, 19th and 20th Federation when there was 120 birds competing. 

 

Derek Gibson of Gibson & Burnip receiving the 1st Federation Young Bird Wakefield (2) Trophy from Good Corn

 

That's what I have on the Teesside Federations 2019 presentation evening which went very well with everyone enjoying a brilliant night. Thanks go out to the Members for inviting Hayden and me along with us sharing the company of Robert Barron, Stewart “Lewie” Lewis, Amber & Coby McCabe and Andrew Fowler. Good company, entertainment, food and raffle, what more can anyone ask for? All the very best for the 2020 racing season.  

 

Robert Barron, Andrew Fowler & Stewart Lewis enjoying a great night.

Fred Postill (Fred Postill & Dennis Nicholson) of Stockton winners of 1st £25 Gold Ring winning £700.

Gary Rowbotham (Rowbotham & Sons) of Stockton receiving 2nd £5 Gold Ring and £400 from Good Corn.

 

 

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