NEWS FROM SCOTLAND
Reports by Joe Murphy
Kevin came and picked up Margaret and I and took us to the SHU Show held in Lawrie & Symington Market in Lanark, there is ample parking space so no problems regarding this. We made our way into the hall and it was very busy with lots of fanciers mingling about. After speaking to quite a number of fancier friends we made our way to the Symington Suite and joined the judges for lunch. The main guest once again this year was Eddie McGhee who was going to present the SHU Trophies to the relevant winners. His brother Jim had a prior engagement so therefore could not attend. We then had another look around the show and purchased some items to take back home with us. Before going into the show hall where the best in show was being judged and the Best in Show was won by the very successful partnership of John and Alice Bell. We also met up with an old friend and club mate of ours from Kennoway from the 1970’s Jimmy Clements, we had a good laugh and Jim introduced us to his daughter and her partner who keep the birds in Lochore (I think). Kevin was just a ‘bairn’ at that time, but it was good to catch up with Jimmy. Our dear friend Derek Hay of Kirkintilloch introduced me to Mr Hastie and his friends from the north east of England. We also met up with lots of other fanciers too many to mention, however I would like to thank them for the friendship shown.
SHU Trophy Winners 2019
The first trophy up was The British Homing World Trophy for Old Birds this was for the (Lowest winning velocity in Channel races) the winner was Craig Halbert of Eastriggs with his grizzle cock who won 1st section 1st open SNFC Reims flying 502 miles 1485 yards and recorded a velocity of 906.41. He was clocked at 22-31 after flying 16 hours 16 minutes and was the ONLY pigeon timed on the day in the national race.
Craig Halbert BHW Trophy winner
The SHU CELTIC Trophy presented by Taffy Bowen of Wales for Old Bird Loft performances up to 300 miles; The winners are the trio of the (late father) George, son William and grandson Paul Macaloney of Coatbridge. Their performances are as follows; ALL in Lanarkshire Federation;
Race point; Kelso flown on 20th April positions won 1st section 1865 birds 1st federation 4641 birds, flying 63 miles 1627 yards recording a velocity of 1336ypm.
Race point; Kelso flown on 27th April positions won 3rd section 1862 birds 3rd federation 4433 birds, flying 63 miles 1627 yards recording a velocity of 1460ypm.
Race point; Hexham flown on 4th May positions won 12th section 2379 birds 18th federation 5992 birds, flying 97 miles 1253 yards recording a velocity of 1336ypm.
Race point; Worksop flown on 8th June positions won 2th section 1095 birds 2nd federation 3210 birds, flying 213 miles 1717 yards recording a velocity of 1370ypm.
Race point; Worksop Yearling Open flown on 8th June positions won 2th section 750 birds 2nd open 2230 birds, flying 213 miles 1717 yards recording a velocity of 1370ypm.
Race point; Kelso flown on 15th June positions won 8th section 810 birds 13th federation 2115 birds, flying 63 miles 1627 yards recording a velocity of 1539ypm.
Race point; Kettering Open flown on 22nd June positions won 38th section 536 birds 88th open 1257 birds, flying 276 miles 1066 yards recording a velocity of 1284ypm.
Race point; Kelso flown on 29th June positions won 2nd section 897 birds 5th federation 2356 birds, flying 63 miles 1627 yards recording a velocity of 1388ypm.
The Macaloney partnership also won the Mr. & Mrs Murphy Trophy for the SHU Young Bird Performance Champion. Their performances are as follows; ALL in Lanarkshire Federation;
Willie Macaloney winner of 3 trophies
Race point; Kelso flown on 17th August positions won 4th section 1486 birds 4th federation 3553 birds, flying 63 miles 1627 yards recording a velocity of 1209ypm.
Race point; Catterick flown on 1st September positions won 7th section 608 birds 13th federation 1549 birds, flying 139 miles 1013 yards recording a velocity of 883ypm.
Race point; Ripon flown on 7th September positions won 7th section 362 birds 11th federation 708 birds, flying 157 miles 93 yards recording a velocity of 1064ypm.
Race point; Kelso flown on 14th September positions won 2nd section 378 birds 2nd federation 890 birds, flying 63 miles 1627 yards recording a velocity of 1324ypm.
Peter Keogh The yearling Friendship Cup
The next trophy was The Friendship Cup for the Yearling with ONE Outstanding Performance in 2019 (Robert Cormack vacated from the selection of this award as he knew the fancier who applied). This was won by Peter Keogh of Broxburn. This chequer pied cock won 2nd section D 11th open SNFC Ypres flying 440 miles and recorded a velocity of 1063. (This pigeon also won the Cher Ami Trophy for the 1st nominated pigeon in the race, this trophy was presented by the late Mr Stefaan Ven Moerbeke to the SNFC)
Freddie robertson above and below collecting trophies
SHU Unikon Trophy awarded to the outstanding ONE Performance by a young bird; was won by Freddie Robertson of Edinburgh with his blue bar hen ‘Golden Mile Ashley’ winner of 1st section 1st open SNFC Buckingham young bird national competing against 1548 birds and recording a velocity of 1670.33 for the 286 miles. (As a matter of interest this hen won 1st club 6th Pentlandhill federation 694 birds from Newark flying 218 miles 400 yards and recording a velocity of 1186.83 the week before the national Joe Murphy)
Robert Ried with the Ogilvie Trophy
The Ogilvie Trophy for the best Individual Performance by an Old Birds in 2019; (President Ian Noble vacated from the selection of this award as he knew the fancier who had applied. Joe Murphy also vacated as he had previously written about the individual birds nominated) The trophy was won by Robert Reid of Beith in Ayrshire; who won 1st section 5th open Reims flying 580 miles and recorded a velocity of 698.06.
2nd K Dick of Edinburgh r/u Eddie Newcombe Trophy
The McCrae Battalion Trophy for best combined LOFT performances with old and young birds. The winners are the late father George, son William and grandson Paul Macaloney of Coatbridge. The Partnership won 10 x 1st in Airdrie & District Flying Club; 8 x 1st in Lanarkshire Social Circle Flying Club; 9 x 1st in Centre Section of Lanarkshire Federation; 8 x 1st opens in Lanarkshire Federation; 1 x 1st West Section in the Scottish National Flying Club. A total of 36 x 1st prizes achieved in 2019 at a distance ranging from 63 miles to 524 miles:
Jock Scott with the Dewer Trohpy
The SHU Dewar Scotch Whisky Trophy for the best channel performances by an old bird. The winner is a chequer cock raced by Jock Scott of Kennoway; his positions are as follows from the SNFC Burdinne Gold Cup race flown on 28th June he won 1st Fife Federation 1st section C 14th open 1251 birds flying 513 miles 706 yards and recorded a velocity of 1416.78. He then competed from SNFC Roye race flown on 22nd July and won 3rd east section 4th open Fife Federation, 10th section C 21st open recoding a velocity of 1107.39 for the 510 miles 1229 yards against an entry of 935 birds entered by 215 members.
Frank Mitchell ru Dewer Trophy
Runner up to the Dewar Scotch Whisky Trophy; for the best channel performances by an old bird; this was won by Frank Mitchell of Comrie in Fife; whose blue bar yearling cock won the following; From the SNFC Burdinne Gold Cup race flown on 28th June he won 5th Fife Federation 7th section C 37th open 1251 birds flying 522 miles 1204 yards and recorded a velocity of 1362017. He then competed from SNFC Roye race flown on 22nd July and won 3rd east section 4th open Fife Federation, 14th section C 34th open recoding a velocity of 1056.23 for the 515 miles 170 yards against an entry of 935 birds entered by 215 members.
R Borthwick of Annan
The 3rd pigeon selected in this category belonged to William Borthwick of Annan whose chequer cock SU16S6056 won the following positions in 2019. From the Carnforth race with the Solway federation he won 1st Annan club from an entry of 113 birds flying 62 miles and recorded a velocity of 1000ypm. He was then set up for the SNFC Gold Cup race from Burdinne a distance of 462 miles and he won 5th section A 73rd open doing a velocity of 1315. He was then sent to the last old bird national race from Roye a distance of 444 miles to his loft and he won 5th section A 54th open doing a velocity of 1002ypm.
Scotland’s Own Fancier of the Year 2019 trophy was won by David Jamieson of East Calder. This trophy was gifted by the late Jim Renwick of ‘Scotland’s Own’ fame in memory of his late wife Ina. It is awarded based on a co-efficient calculation so therefore only the most consistent fancier can win it. This is such a difficult trophy to win as it is based on the results from 4 SNFC Channel races Reims, Roye, Liege & Ypres flown each year and in 2017 this trophy was not won. However, in 2018 David Jamieson won with a co-efficient of 6.1 over the 4 races. David has again won this trophy in 2019 with a co-efficient of 9.2 from Ypres, Burdinne, Reims and Roye so our congratulations go to him on this success. Unfortunately, David could not attend the SHU show as he had taken ill and was taken to hospital, and we wish him a speedy recovery. Mr Borthwick of Annan collected the trophy on David’s behalf. Runner up for this award was John Bosworth on a co-efficient of 10.92.
Annie Ross Bowes Trophy
Fanciers Fancier of the Year 2019
Written by Linda Brooks SHU secretary.
Joe Murphy ARB Trophy winner
Winner is our very worthy recipient Joe Murphy of Thornton; Joe is so well known throughout Scotland and indeed ‘Pigeon Dom’ in general that he barely needs introduction. A scribe for as long as anyone can remember with the BHW, Joe rarely misses an opportunity to lavish praise on outstanding pigeons and their owners. His weekly article is a highlight of most fanciers’ week especially during the racing season when he displays such in depth knowledge of fanciers, their racing methods and their past achievements.
Joe has been involved in pigeons since he was 5 years old when his dad kept them in Dundee, the family moved to Kennoway in Fife in the early 50’s. In his 20’s he took on official roles in various clubs; being Vice president of Kennoway RP club and secretary of the Fife 3 Bird Championship Club.
At this time the area did not receive any publicity and in 1976 Joe took on the post of scribe for the BHW and found his niche. Joe’s article still appears each week some 44 years later! Composing these articles can be very time consuming, pigeon fanciers are not always easy to pin down for information and can be overly modest but Joe has the great gift of wheedling out the stories behind the successes and is greatly admired for the work and time he puts into these assignments. He now contributes articles to the BHW; The Racing Pigeon and the Canadian International Pigeon Magazine, as well as to various Pigeon Web Sites. He also compiles loft reports on national winners for the Pictorial, Pigeon International World and PIPA as well as Squills and BHW Year Books.
A keen auctioneer in times past for various charities, bereavement sales, and individual pigeon sales, ably assisted by long suffering wife, Margaret, and son Kevin, he on one occasion raised £9000 for the SHU itself. He also ran a sale for Kirkcaldy Victoria Hospital (Diabetic Clinic) the proceeds of which funded a TV and tapes to educate patients, to self-administer their medication. It’s remarkable that in 1992 he found the time to win the SNFC Sartilly National with the famous ‘Mystical Rose’ as J Murphy & Son.
Over the years Joe’s pigeon quizzes proved popular including one for the SHU Centenary presentation; His BHW Sporting Challenge, which included a young bird exchange, was hugely successful for 10 years and was responsible for bringing together fanciers from all over the UK and beyond, an event where new friendships were founded and old ones renewed. Joe judged at many shows both local and further afield in Dublin and Belfast as well as the Show of the Year at Blackpool. He also represented Scotland judging in Ibiza where he then gave a talk on racing pigeons into Scotland. He has been Press officer for both the SHU and SNFC and given many free hours for the pigeon sport in Scotland. This year he also agreed to be on the SHU Trophy judging panel albeit we had to exclude him from deliberations on the Annie Bowes trophy since his name was amongst the testimonials. Joe’s dedication and commitment to the sport goes without saying and he is without doubt a very worthy winner of this prestigious silver salver.
I was a very proud man when I went to accept this award and I wish to thank ALL the people who shook my hand and said some very nice things to me, believe me this meant the world to US.
We then had a presentation to Robert Cormack of Winchburgh who has been a great ambassador to the SHU and received a little gift as a token of appreciation for all his work. The last presentation was the award for the Eddie Newcombe trophy for performances in the Buckingham young bird national in 2019 was won by Freddie Robertson who took 1st 2nd & 3rd open and K Dick who won 4th open both fanciers come from Edinburgh.
The 3 of us had a very enjoyable day and I was grateful that Kevin drove us there and back as I do not think I could have done so as it was dark when we returned. My thanks also go to the officials of the SHU for a very pleasant day and one I will remember for the rest of my life. I have not ventured very far since my stoke last year and if I have gone anywhere then someone as kindly taken me. It took me a couple of days to get over attending the show and it has made up my mind for me that I’m not fit enough to go to Blackpool or anywhere else for that matter. I have lost my confidence in this respect and to make matters worse just after Christmas I had to go back to the doctor as I was experiencing breathlessness and pains in my chest. Plus I have not been sleeping due to the pain in my right leg so I’m on stronger pain killers and he is monitoring my chest pains as I might have to go in for an angiogram but we will have to wait and see.
SHU Medical Team
A 7-year-old and a 4-year-old are in their bedroom. "You know what?" says the 7-year-old, "I think it's time we started swearing. When we go downstairs for breakfast, I'll swear first, then you." "Okay," replies the 4-year-old. In the kitchen, when the mother asks the 7-year-old what he wants for breakfast, he answers, "I'll have Coco Pops, bitch." *WHACK* He goes flying out of his chair, crying his eyes out. The mother looks at the 4-year-old & sternly asks, "And what do you want?" "Don’t know," he replies, "But it won't be bloody Coco Pops."
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