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Joe Murphy Column 29-09-19

The Joe Murphy Column


Just a reminder that my late friend Andrew Lockhart entire clearance sales will be held this Sunday 22nd September in Newmains Flying Club hut Manse Road Newmains. Viewing is between 12 noon and 1pm, sale 2 will be held next Sunday 29th September. Bloodlines are Wilf Reed of Wales, John Barnett of Telford, Willie & Margaret Wilson of Larkhall, Mr.  & Mrs Andy Gregson of Preston, John Gilmour of Ecclefechan, Richard & Jamie Combe of Elphinstone, so you will see all are quality fanciers mentioned. Anyone attending the sale is requested to bring their own basket to take their purchases away. I hope the sale goes well for the sake of Andrews’s family as he was without doubt a fantastic fancier and a more importantly a genuine man.  


My late friend Andrew Lockhart

Race Results


Angus Federation





Result of the Wakefild race from Kenny Droog who informs us that the final race result for the 2019 season, the birds were at Wakefield, liberated at 07-30 it was a small convoy only 158 birds to face a north wind and a tough race was what we got. Congratulations goes to Ian Scott who wins is 1st 8th 9th 13th & 15th open just beating Davie Glen who has had a very good season, Ian says the winner is his old blood which were Janssen based, this result meant he overhauled Gavan Fergusson of Macaulay, Ferguson and Curran for the young bird average. 


                                                                                                       Ian Scott


However Gavin split his team and sent to the SNRPC which was on the same day, I believe they had 422 birds away at 08-45 into same north wind and Gavin timed several birds but his first at 05-06 pm is a good bird and it was flying 303miles, he timed 9 of his ten birds so well done to Gavin he actually finished are 5th 7th 12th 17th & 20th fed with one of his old Busschaert line bred birds. 3rd & 16th club and fed is David Liddle, who is always there on a hard day.

This one has a little story last year he noticed a red bird sitting on a nearby roof this youngster had lifted from his home more than 60 miles away, it eventually came in and the owner was contacted and told David to keep it. This year it paired to a yearling hen from David’s old blood the origins going back to his grandfather’s loft, they bred a nice mealy cock which won 3rd fed so the red cock repaid David for taking him in. Willie MacKnight our furthest flying member wins being just short of 223 miles, winning 4th 11th 14th & 18th open. Let’s not forget Jim Fraser who managed to win 6th fed with a full puller, one to watch at the national maybe? Mike Macpherson of Forfar club makes up the top 20th winning 10th open.

East Section winners are as follows; D & D Hay of Gourdon are 1st 4th 5th & 6th with G Campbell of Montrose in 2nd & 7th places Charlie & Glen Cameron of Arbroath club are 3rd.  Club winners are as follows; Forfar 124 birds winner Ian Scott; Gourdon 4 birds winners D & D Hay; Arbroath 22 birds winner Charlie & Glen Cameron; Montrose 8 birds winner G Campbell.  


Arbroath Racing Pigeon Club

This week’s result from Wakefield had 1 loft sending to the race this was Charlie & Glen Cameron who sent 22 birds and obviously they win the race.

Almond Valleys Federation

News from Lynne Stewart who wrote ‘Hi Joe, Almond Valley Federation were at Catterick on 7th September with a convoy of 368 birds liberated at 11-30 hours; topping the federation is J M Young of East Calder with another  bird in 12th open. Geordie Harris of Bonnybridge club is 2nd to 6th with another youngster in a 11th open. John Bird of West Calder is 7th 19th 20th & 21st open with Freddie Jamieson & son of East Calder in 8th 9th & 18th open. Mr & Mrs Fleming also from East Calder are 10th 13th 14th & 17th open. With B & D Halliday of Bonnybridge club wining 15th open their club mate R Buchanan is in 16th spot.

Club Winners are as follows;

Balerno 52 birds; J Fairley 1055.186, C Bain & W Fairley 1046.391, D Bald 1045.808, 1039.846

Bonnybridge 196 birds; G Harris 1117.899, 1117.817, 1117.736, 1117.654 Carnwath Nil birds;

East Calder 81 birds;  J M Young 1129.466, F Jamieson & Son 1104.325, 1100.692, Mr & Mrs Fleming 1096.198

West Calder 39 birds; J Bird 1111.688, 1071.198, 1070.946, 1070.862

Balerno Club news from Colin Bain who writes; Hi Joe the Balerno club were at Catterick  on the 7th September with 5 members sending 52 birds these were liberated into a north west wind at 11-30 hours. Taking 1st place is James Fairley with a blue chequer hen doing a velocity of 1055 she was bred from birds he got from Ian Graham. In 2nd spot are Colin Bain and Willie Fairley with a blue hen doing 1046 velocity her sire is a son of Abigail when paired to a daughter of George Archibald SNFC Silver Award winner. 3rd place is Douglas Bald with a chequer pied hen on 1045 that’s it once again Joe best wishes Colin B. Oh, I have just heard that Douglas Bald was taken into hospital at the weekend with a suspected heart attack, we all wish him well. I hope you have a speedy recovery Dougie and take it easy as I know you read my column on a weekly basis yours Joe.  

Central Federation

News from Bernie Britton who writes ‘Hi Joe, the Scottish Central federation held their race from Newark open race on the 7th September with the convoy liberated at 08-30 into a light north wind. 1st open Gordon Mackenzie with a blue chequer hen on darkness she is a Gabby Vandenabeele, direct from his good friend Mark Evans. Gordon also won 5th 19th & 20th open. In 2nd open is John McNeill with a blue bar Gabby Vandenabeele on darkness it is from the stock loft from his D & J Hawkins & Evans which has bred winners. 3rd open is John again with a blue chequer Lambrecht; sire his good mealy which won 1st open Central Scotland 3 bird club from Billericay. 18th open SCC yearling derby from Leicester. 8th open Central federation Maidstone; 8th section 43rd open SNFC Maidstone. Dam has also won in the club and fed. John was also 4th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 13th & 17th open. Joe let us not forget his good lady Marion who is a great help to him and to our race controller Colin who does a good job and Rab our convoyer. Thanks once again for all your assistance in promoting our federation and club Joe, once I have the result of the Combine race, I will forward it onto you, yours Bernie.

East of Scotland Federation

News from Tom McEwen of the federation open race from Newark with the convoy being liberated at 08-30 hours into a north wind; Topping the federation and taking 8 out of the 10 open positions making it a fantastic race for Jim McNeil of Tranent; The federation winner is a blue hen bred from gift birds from Taylor Brothers of Newbiggin. The 2nd open is a dark chequer hen her sire is from Syndicate lofts with the dam a direct from Taylor Brothers. Brian Lavery of Prestonpans is in with a good one finishing 6th open and John Bird of the same club completes a great season with 8th open.

Prestonpans HS

1st club is Brian Lavery with a chequer hen her sire was a gift from James Mark of Tranent and the dam was Brian’s good national hen. 2nd club is John Bird with a chequer hen sire from a Tom & Scott McEwen of Elphinstone from bloodlines of Starlight through Mark Gilbert. While the dam is from George Veitch Gold Cup winner x crossed with Tom & Scott’s De Weerdt bloodlines again through Mark Gilbert. 3rd club is Rab Waddell with a blue pied cock which won 3rd club last week. He was bred by Tony Young from his Leen Boers crossed Jan Aarden bloodlines. Well Joe that’s another season over only the young bird national to go and on behalf of the members of the federation and Prestonpans club we would like to thank you for all your help and publicity we have received through your wonderful column, yours Tom’.  


Fife Federation

News from Geordie Todd with the result of the Wakefield young bird open race flown from Ripon on 7th September with 38 members sending 408 birds liberated at 10-00 into a north wind. Taking the first 2 places in the open is Tam Laing of Kennoway club with D Baldie of St Andrews in 3rd to 11th plus 13th & 14th. 12th 15th & 16th is M Molloy of Methilhaven club with Kennoway’s Brian Chalmers winning 17th to 20th open. Brian Kinnear of Glenrothes & Leslie club is 1st & 4th centre section 21st & 35th open Sean Diamond of Kennoway is 2nd & 3rd centre section 29th & 30th open with R Cook of Crossgates club winning 1st 2nd & 3rd west section 58th 60th & 61st open and club mates J Hynd & son win 4th west section 64th open. 


Tam Laing


Traprain Homing Society

Result from John Baillie who rights, ‘Hi Joe, please find the result for the Newark race for Traprain. John Parry had the birds away at 07-20 into a north wind. Winning again this week is the father and son partnership of Sinclair Thomson and Son. Their winning youngster is bred from a Soontjen crossed Herman Ceuster. Its nest mate won 2nd open this week from the SNRPC Peterborough national. In 2nd place is Jimmy Mark with a chequer cock his sire's grandparents were Chris Herbert's number one stock pair until the hen died.


The dam of the youngster is bred by Lumbsden from Ashington. With 3rd place going to the Newcombe & Black partnership; this youngster is bred through George Veitch's Gold Cup winner when crossed with their G & C Cooper stock. Returns were mixed from this sticky race Joe however congratulations must go to the Sinclair Thomson partnership for winning Pentland Hills midweek race from Peterborough and to then follow it up by winning 1st and 2nd open Peterborough with the SNRPC on the Saturday, none of those 3 races being easy Joe.


Sinclair Thomson


From the Peterborough race the convoy of 422 birds were released at 08-45 hours into a light north wind, the Thomson partnership timed 2 bird flying 259 miles at 15-44 with 3 seconds separating them to take the top 2 awards. Fantastic form from a loft which has been at the top of the tree for quite a number of years I think you will agree. Joe our clubs annual quiz will be held on the 18th of October, a small select, selection of birds will be auctioned on the night. Well Joe, just the SNFC young bird national to go, and I don't think there will be a large entry due to the losses throughout the country. Many thanks’ again Joe for all your assistance in publicising our Traprain club throughout the year, yours John B’




Pentland Hills Federation


News from Andy Miller: who informs us that the New Lothian RPC along with the Pentland Hills Federation held their 4th race of the 2019 season: this was from Wetherby which is a distance of 138-150 miles to the members. Race controller Tony Young gave the go ahead to liberate with No Wind. Winning 1st N/L and Fed is the consistently in-form loft of Willie Pryde & Son John, a.k.a. Bubba! Their timer a yearling cock was a batch of 14 which were given to John from his cousin Alan Power, who finished with the pigeons at the end of last season.

John subsequently broke these birds to his loft during the winter months and is flying them all on a celibate system. Breeding of this one is a Koopman. From the Newark young bird race flown on Saturday 7th September 2019 the 694 birds sent by 51 members were liberated at 08-30am into a north wind. The Woodburn loft of D & J Allen took the first 3 places plus 5th with Stark & Benson of Bonnyrigg in 4th place. F Robertson of Danderhall is 6th 7th & 8th with the 3rd bird winning over £700 being 1st in the Gold Ring category he also wins another £330 with another gold ring bird. A Young of Danderhall is 9th with L Mitchell of Castlebrae in 10th spot. T Nolan & son of Danderhall are 11th & 12th with club mates Helen Aitken & sons are in 13th place and win £561-50 with Gold Ring birds. Woodburn’s Brown & Black are 14th & 15th with Stuart Gilchrist of Edinburgh Premier in 16th spot Ronnie Bremner of Sighthill is 17th with MacGregor & Lawrie of Danderhall in 18th place. Ian Summers of Sighthill is 19th with K Dick of Edinburgh Premier in 20th place. Other Gold Ring winners are J McIvor who wins £159 with L Mitchell winning £125 and A Young win £13.

The federation breeder/buyer from the Newark race is awaiting confirmation from clubs. Next week Buckingham race please use New Lothian pool forms usual pools & prize money. Basketting at Edmonstone on Thursday between 16-30 and 17-30.


North of Scotland Federation

News from George Duthie who informs us the federation had 41 members sending 607 birds at Auchendinny on 07th September 2019 liberated into a light north-west wind. The east section had 18 members send 266 birds with the west section having 23 members sending 341 birds. Topping the federation and east section are C & M Williams of Peterhead & District they are also 10th section and open. A W Buchan of Fraserburgh & District is 2nd 4th & 5th section and open. H McAllister of the same club is 3rd 9th & 11th section and open.

Another club member J (Ian) Gibb is 6th section and open. With Jim & Ann Donaldson of Peterhead & District Winning 7th section and open Colin McRae of Fraserburgh & District is 8th 11th 15th in both section and open. Eric & Nicky Yule of Inverurie club are 13th open and east section. With J Paterson & Linsay of Fraserburgh & District are 14th open and section. G R Duncan of Keith is 1st 2nd 3rd west section 16th 17th & 18th open.  S Glew of Peterhead & District is 16th east section 19th open with G Wilson of Devern Valley club winning 4th west section 20th open. R Wilson of Keith club is 5th 6th & 7th west section 26th 27th & 28th open. G Russell of Buckie & District wins 8th west section 29th open A Cruickshank of Keith wins 9th west section 30th open with John Thomson of Elgin & District winning 10t west section 31st open.    


Clubs First Bird

C & M Williams wins Peterhead & District; A W Buchan wins Fraserburgh & District; E & N Yule wins Inverurie; G R Duncan wins Keith; G Wilson wins Devern Valley; G Russell wins Buckie & District; and J Thomson wins Elgin & District. Well done to C & M Williams on topping the federation and well done to G Duncan on winning the West Section.




As this is the last club and federation race reported for the 2019 season, I would like to THANK ALL the press officers who forwarded their results to me on a weekly basis. They have been superb which has resulted in some weeks my having 4 pages of information on the Scottish sport in the pigeon magazines. You could not imagine the feedback I receive from fanciers all over the UK who read my column and comment on certain individuals whom I have highlighted.   

Joe’s Joke

A couple are rushing into the hospital because the wife is going into labour. As they reach the ward, a doctor says to them that he has invented a machine that splits the pain between the mother and father. They agree to use it and are led into a room where they get hooked up to the machine. The doctor starts it off at 20% split towards the father. The wife says, "Oh, that's actually better." The husband says he can't feel anything. Then the doctor turns it up to 50% and the wife says that it doesn't hurt nearly as much. The husband says he still can't feel anything. The Doctor, now encouraged, turns it up to 100%. The husband still can't feel anything, and the wife is really happy, because there is now no pain for her. The baby is born, and the couple go home and find the postman groaning in pain on the doorstep.


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