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Joemurphycolumn 16-08-19

The Joe Murphy Column

I’ve had a good feedback on my remarks regarding the national birds being taken away in the baskets early for the Roye national with the fanciers agreeing with me 100%. The main reason for this happening I have been told was they could not get a venue for race marking the birds in section E (the west section). Every other race marking venue is held in a pigeon clubs except Aberdeen (section G) who basket in Woodside Community Centre, Section A is Gretna at Springfield club rooms Section B is Dolphingstone Farm Tranent; Section C is Fife is Novar club rooms with Dundee marking at Douglas club rooms. Section D is Bo’ness club rooms, Section F is Kilmarnock club rooms. Surely they can get a pigeon club in the west of Scotland to accommodate race marking for a national race. One fancier said even if it was too small to take everyone at the same time fanciers can be allocated with a raffle ticket and the first 10 people their get their birds done first. Then the next 11 to 20 and so on, Therefore fanciers would have to keep their birds in their car until it was time for the next 10 baskets to go forward. It is not rocket science just common sense. Another fancier said, ‘We have a full-time secretary’ surely they have time to fix this out so this scenario of birds being kept in baskets so long does not happen again’. Continuing on this subject I’m happy to see that today Thursday 8th August many federations are holding their young bird race as the weather forecast for this weekend is terrible with heavy thunderstorm. Congratulations to these forward-thinking clubs and federation officials who are putting the birds FIRST, well done lads and lasses.  

2020 Stud Book & Squills

I have been and visited Charlie and Glen Cameron of Arbroath winners of 1st open SNFC Roye race and this will be sent away in the next few days. I’m visiting Jim Doig of Cardenden in Fife (5 miles away from my house) this Friday so will have Jim’s story done over the weekend. I have also made arrangements with my old pal Andy Miller of Sighthill the winner of this year’s Gold Cup race to visit him. Andy is going to collect me at South Gyle railway station next Monday (Margaret is not happy with me driving on my own over to Edinburgh due to heavy traffic) to see and handle Andy’s Reims winner and his 2nd open Roye national winner. He has had a fantastic season in 2019 especially in the nationals.    

Race Results

Angus Federation

Arniston race flown on 3rd August the members sent 730 birds liberated at 12-15 into a light east wind, topping the federation and taking 3rd to 7th 9th to 14th places are won by Bob Baldie with Ian Scott winning 2nd 8th & 15th with his club mate J Fraser winning 16th & 17th Davie Glen is 18th & 19th with Macaulay Ferguson & Curran make up the top 20th.

East section is won by W Dorward of Gourdon club who also wins 3rd 4th 5th 6th 8th & 9th with George Campbell of Montrose winning 2nd & 7th spot. Charlie & Glen Cameron of Arbroath are 10th section.

Club winners are as follows; Forfar 521 birds winner Bob Baldie; Arbroath 130 birds winners Charlie & Glen Cameron; Gourdon 52 birds winner W Dorward; Montrose 27 birds winner Gordon Campbell.

Arbroath RPC

News from Charlie Cameron of the Arniston race flown on 3rd August 2019 were 6 members sent 130 birds they were liberated at 12:15 hours into a light south west wind. Taking the red card are Charlie & son Glen with a velocity of 1063, 2nd place goes to A & A Shepherd with a NWHU rung pigeon. Les McKay takes the next 5 places with Chic & Ann Carrie in 8th & 10th places; Gordon McKenzie and R Nowosad a new member to the club make up the rest of the result.

Ayrshire Federation

News from Archie McIntyre the Ayrshire federation race secretary with news of the first young bird race of the 2019 season which kicked off on the 13th of July from Carnwath. This is a race distance between 32 to 48 miles to the top end of the fed. The federation are trying something different this year, they have started the young bird programme 2 weeks earlier to try and avoid the worst of ‘Percy’ later on when they are in full swing educating their young. The race programme this year is as follows; 3 races out then back for the same 3 races then the final race will be from Catterick which is approximately 160 miles to the top end of the federation. After a bit of a delay due to the poor weather moving through at the race point, Jim O’Hare had the convoy of 1,479 birds up and away at 10-30 into light west wind. Leading the way into the federation this week taking 1st federation on a velocity of 909.7 is Willie Lawrence of the Whitletts & District club. There has been a fair bit of discussion leading up to the first young bird race that the young birds would be dragged up to the north end of the federation and losses would be high, this certainly was not the case from this race. The first 3 birds in the fed were recorded in the Ayr area and the next 4 were recorded in West Kilbride. Reports from the clubs from South and North of the federation were that returns were excellent. Long may this continue eh Joe!!!!! 1st federation on a velocity of 909.7 is Willie Lawrence of the Whitletts & District club. Willie was telling me he has been training regular out of Fenwick and this was where the birds were seen heading down through into Ayrshire, a batch of approximately 800-900 birds. Willie’s timer now named ‘Tommy’s Star’ by his grandson Tommy is full of the best of the Gerry Clements blood. The sire is a double grandson of ‘Top Star’ and the dam is inbred to ‘Super 91’ and is a top-class racer & breeder with 8 top NFC positions. 2nd and 3rd fed on 901.5 and 891.7 is David Graham of the Annbank & District club. Sadly, I do not have any information or photo of David’s winning pigeons Joe.

North Section had 715 birds, 1st, 2nd and 3rd is Andy Barbour of Dalry HS 888.8, 888.3 and 888.1.

Central Section 237 birds; 1st, 2nd and 3rd is Eddie Diamond of Irvine NTHS; 856.5. 856.5 & 847.7.

South Section 527 birds; 1st Willie Lawrence of Whitletts & District on 909.7.

2nd and 3rd is D Graham of Annbank & District on 901.5 & 891.7.

Other Club winners not mentioned above are as follows; J & S O’Hare (Ardeer HS) 852.4, Benson & Cairney (Kilwinning HS) 839.8. G Mitchell (Dalmellington PC) 812.8.  J & A Bunce (Kilmarnock Invitation) 737.8. I Noble (Crosshouse HS) 700.9; and J Auld (Cumnock & District) 421.5.


Almond Valley Federation

News from Lynne Stewart who informs us that from the Stobs Camp race flown on the 3rd August the convoy of 696 birds were liberated at 12:15 hours. Topping the federation are R & L MacDuff of Blackburn club they are also 11th 12th & 13th, with club mate D Stewart in 2nd & 3rd places another Blackburn member J Loney is 4th & 16th places. Robert Anderson of East Calder is 5th & 7th with Balerno club’s Colin Bain and W Fairley in 6th spot. Cairns & Hardie of Blackburn are 8th the Burnside & Drysdale partnership of East Calder are 9th with Ross Petale of Blackburn club is 10th with Freddie Jamieson & son of East Calder in 14th sport. Jimmy Young of East Calder is 15th & 18th open with R Buchanan is 17th place and taking the last 2 places in the top 20 are W Fairley of Balerno.   

Club Winners as follows;

Balerno 107 birds; C Bain & W Fairley 1195, W Fairley 1161 & 1160: J Fairley 1129.

Bonnybridge 188 birds; R & L MacDuff 1214, D Stewart 1210 & 1208: J Loney 1201

Carnwath 73 birds; I Thomson 962.581, 962.183, 961.985, 961.389

East Calder 129 birds; R Anderson 1196 & 1185; F Jamieson & Son 1170; J M Young 1167.

West Calder 138 birds; J Bird 1147; 1123; 1122; 1106.


News from Colin Bain who writes; ‘Hello Joe hope you are doing well: Balerno where at Stobs Camp on 3rd August with 5 members sending 107 birds these were liberated at 12-15 pm. Taking 1st places is yours truly Colin Bain & W Fairley with a blue pied hen. Her dam is Abigail my SNFC Silver Award winner mated to a John Ellis of Dundee cock our winner was doing a velocity of 1195. In 2nd & 3rd places is W Fairley with his first bird a blue hen on 1161 bred from his Chris McCann stock his next bird is a blue chequer hen one yard behind and she is a Jan Aarden. 4th is James Fairley with a blue chequer hen doing a velocity of 1129 return’s where good Joe with all members happy to have their babies home same and sound, best wishes Joe keep up the good work in your column yours Colin B’.

Central Federation

News from Bernie Britton who writes ‘Hi Joe hope you and the family are all well.

Broxburn & Uphall club result from Otterburn race flown on the 3rd August with 4 member’s sending 203 bird’s these were liberated at 12-05 into a west wind. Winning 1st 2nd & 3rd club & 12th 13th & 16th federation is Gordon Mackenzie his winner is a blue cock a Herman Ceuster; his 2nd bird is a blue Gabby from Mr & Mrs Forrest from their original M & D Evans; Gordon’s  3rd club 16th fed is again a Gabby from Mr & Mrs Forrest. Well done to Henry Borthwick who took the first 6 birds in the federation. Many thanks once again Joe yours in sport Bernie’.  

East of Scotland Federation

News from Tom McEwen who writes ‘Hi Joe from our first young bird race from Ridsdale the convoy were liberated at 12-30 into a light south east wind on the 3rd August. Topping the federation are Tom & Scott McEwen of Elphinstone with a blue cock. Finishing with a nice double in 2nd & 7th federation is Tam Hunnam of Port Seton. Then we have Bobby Dickson of Prestonpans completing another great double winning 3rd & 5th federation. Not to be outdone we then have Mr & Mrs Peter March of Prestonpans yet with another double in 4th & 10th federation. Jim McNeil of Tranent comes in at 6th federation with John Bird of Prestonpans finishing well with 8th fed. New member David Blair completes the top 10 finish winning 9th open.

Prestonpans HS Winning 1st club is Tom & Scott McEwen with a young blue cock from their Paul Stobbs bloodlines. He is a grandson of Paul’s champion ‘Bob’s Choice’. I would like to give credit to my wife Marlene Joe who looks after the birds on a daily basis for us, she spends a lot of time with the youngsters and she deserves as much credit for this win as we do. 2nd club is Tam Hunnam with a youngster bred direct from Jim Abel of Banff bloodlines. 3rd club is Bobby Dickson his youngster sire was bred by Tom & Scott McEwen from their Paul Stobbs bloodlines, while the dam is from Rab Waddell from his Chris Vasey bloodlines. Well Joe that’s the young bird season on its way wishing you and Kevin all the best yours in sport Tom’.  

Fife Federation of Homing Pigeon Societies

Geordie Todd forwarded the federation results with the members having 1112 birds to the Berwick young bird race with the convoy being liberated at 11-20 into a light east wind on the 3rd August. The federation top 10 are as follows;

1st place goes to John Robertson of Dunfermline with a velocity of 1401; his club mate A McInnes is 2nd on 1350. With Willie Stark of Lochgelly taking the nest 5 places plus another bird in 9th open. D Hunter of Lochgelly splits Willie’s birds up by winning 8th place and the final top 10 award is on by Sean Diamond of Kennoway club. Birdage for the west section is as follows; Perth 131 birds, Crossgates 170 birds, Dunfermline 171 birds and Lochgelly 126 birds. The west section winners are the same as above except for D Hunter of Lochgelly wins 10th section prize.  

The Centre section birdage is as follows; Glenrothes 52 birds and Novar 68 birds. The top 10 places are won by Sean Diamond of Kennoway club.

The East Section club birdage is as follows; St Andrews 159 birds, Tayport 35 birds, Methilhaven 133 birds, and Leven 67 birds. Topping the east section is Tam Laing of Kennoway with a velocity of 1245.26. Dougie Cunningham of Methilhaven is 2nd with club mages Jim & Gary Peggie 3rd & 5th places. Jocky Scott of Kennoway is 4th & 7th with F Cummings of Leven club in 6th place and Methilhaven club Willie Hay takes the remaining 3 places in 8th 9th & 10th spots.  

Glenrothes & Leslie RPC

News from Rosie Armit who writes ‘Hi Joe,4 members from Glenrothes & Leslie PC sent 21 birds to the federation open race from Battle. Winning 1st club 1st section C 7th open was Turpie & McCord with a velocity of 969 with a yearling blue cock, sent sitting 14 day eggs. His sire is a son of 2nd open Clermont winner of 2012; his breeding being Ken Hind crossed R O Jones. His dam is a Luc Van Huk. He has already won 1st club Alnwick, 57th open Melton Mowbray and been on club results most weeks. In 2nd club, 3rd section C, 24th open is Brian Kinnear with a velocity of 897 with a yearling blue hen, she was sent sitting 6 day on eggs. She has previously won 23rd section C 68th open in the young bird national. Her sire and dam are both line bred to ‘Stitchy’".  Winning 3rd club 4th section C 28th open are Turpie & McCord doing a velocity of 870 with a yearling blue chequer white flight hen sent sitting 13 day eggs. Her sire was bred by A Whittaker and her dam is an Irish hen which has won good positions in SNFC etc. 3 members sent 24 birds to federation channel race from Roye, winning 1st club 1st section C 6th open are Turpie & McCord doing a velocity of 1064 (timed on the night) with a 2 year old blue pied cock sent feeding a 10 day old young birds (this was his first EVER YB) and he was just driving his hen. His sire won 2nd & 113th open Clermont in 2012. His dam won 21st open Clermont also in 2012. The pied cock has already been 16th section 44th open Maidstone in 2018, 34th section 159th open Ypres in 2019, 13th section 32nd open Roye in 2018. Winning 2nd club 3rd section 24th open is Brian Kinnear with a velocity of 778 with a 4 year old chequer hen. She lost her mate at Ypres, paired to another cock and was sent sitting 6 days on eggs. She has won 2 national diplomas from Buckingham inland nationals. Winning 2nd club 13th west section 32nd open was Bob Wilson on 717 with a 3 year old chequer hen.

Pentland Hills Federation

News from Andy Miller with the result of the first young bird race of the season which was flown from Ridsdale on Saturday the 3rd August. Race controller Tony Young liberated 3200 birds at 12-30 into a south east wind. Winning both organisations is ‘novice’ Ant Walker who flies in the Danderhall club. This is his 2nd season racing although he has kept Pouters/Horsemen prior to keeping racers. His winner is flown on the darkness system and arrived with another two birds to take a very commendable 1st 2nd & 3rd. Ant’s winner was purchased at a charity auction and was bred by Alistair Tankard from Excelsior Lofts and is a Van Den Bulcks crossed Patrick Boeckx. The first 10 Joe are the same in the federation and the New Lothian. 4th & 8th are Mr & Mrs Lothian of Arniston club, S Gilchrist of Edinburgh Premier is 5th with J Pryde of Arniston next he his followed by A R Pringle of New Lothian in 7th spot. 9 & 10th is Stark & Benson of Bonnyrigg club.

Club Winners

Danderhall 823 birds; Walker 1492 Walker 1491 Walker 1490

Arniston 508 birds; Lothian 1479 J. Pryde 1473 Lothian 1469

Edinburgh Premier 266 birds; Gilchrist 1473 Dick 1451 Gilchrist 1436

Bonnyrigg 184 birds; Stark & Benson 1468 Stark & Benson 1467 Massey 1436

Sighthill 220 birds; Miller 1443 Miller 1421 Bremner 1417

Easthouses 144 birds; Reilly 1431 Reilly 1428 Reilly 1427

Castlebrae 83 birds; L Mitchell 1417 A. Mitchell 1405 A. Mitchell 1256

Woodburn 201 birds; Brown & Black 1409 Brown & Black 1327 Allen 1254

Edinburgh West 105 birds; Lamb 1370 Lamb 1275 Bennett 1239

Loanhead 53 birds; Williamson 1060 Murray 1059 Murray 1057

New Lothian 48 birds;

Traprain 491birds;

Others 74 birds:


From the Ridsdale race liberated at 12-30 the 1742 birds entered by 47 lofts was won by the following. Ant Walker of Danderhall took the first 3 places; 4th & 8th are Mr & Mrs Lothian of Arniston club, S Gilchrist of Edinburgh Premier is 5th with J Pryde of Arniston next he his followed by A R Pringle of New Lothian in 7th spot. 9 & 10th are Stark & Benson of Bonnyrigg club


News from John Baillie who writes, ‘Hi Joe, well the start of the crazy season begins; just by listening to some stories, some guys who have had horrendous training and racing with youngsters throughout the length of the UK. Still say we should now be racing youngsters early June before the Birds of Prey youngsters leave the nest and begin to be taught how to kill by their parents in July/August time, just as we starting to race our youngsters, just airing my views Joe. Now on with our first race from Ridsdale; the club sent just under 500 birds, with a few members not sending. Taking pole position is Dodie Hunter of Elphinstone his winner' sire is bred from a Tom Gilbertson crossed Macaloney pigeon, and its dam was bred by Dodie's brother Ian from his Vandenabeele family. This hen has lost a few positions in the club due to being a poor trapper. In 2nd and 3rd places we have Jimmy Mark his first timer was bred by Brian Lavery of Prestonpans from the hen that won 63rd open Roye this season for Brian when paired to cock bred by Jimmy which is inbred to ‘Little Gem’ a NFC Tarbes winner for P & B Winters crossed with a grandson of a bird to score 10th International St Vincent as yearling, 21st International Barcelona as a 2 year old and scoring the following year again from International races. The 3rd club was bred from Jimmy's No 1 stock Rauw Sablon crossed Herbot paired with a new hen. When printing off the clocks, many youngsters were reported missing with a lot coming in later on in the afternoon. I’m hearing of youngsters being reported in the Newcastle area which is 25 to 30 miles SOUTH of the liberation site. Many thanks once again Joe yours in sport John B’.

North of Scotland Federation

Had 28 members sending 420 birds at Dunfermline 1 for the young bird race flown on 3rd August liberated in a light east north east wind. The East section had 15 members sending 252 birds; with the east members winning the first 29 open places in the federation. G Findlay of Peterhead & District tops the federation he is also 6th & 7th with his club mates taking the first 10 in the federation. R H Whyte is 2nd 5th & 15th with George P Taylor in 3rd 4th & 14th positions. S Glew is 8th & 17th open. C & M Williams is 9th 26th & 27th fed, J Paterson & L Linsay of Fraserburgh & District are 11th 12th & 13th A W Buchan of the same club is 16th 24th & 25th . Jim & Ann Donaldson of Peterhead are 18th 19th & 20th with club mate H McAllister taking the next 3 places R McKenzie of Inverurie is 28th with Stuart Maskame of Peterhead in 29th position. A Milne of Devern Valley is 30th 39th 42nd open 1st 6th & 7th west section. G R Duncan of Keith club is 2nd 4th & 5th west section 35th 37th & 38th open with Fulton & Ritchie loft 1 of Devern Valley in 3rd 7 8th west section 36th & 43rd federation. Fulton & Ritchie loft 2 are 9th west section 44th federation with John Thomson of Elgin & District is 10th west section 45th open.     

Clubs First Bird

Peterhead & District winner G Findlay; Fraserburgh & District winners J Paterson & L Linsay; Inverurie winner R McKenzie; Devern Valley winner A Milne; Keith winner G R Duncan; Elgin & District winner J Thomson; Buckie & District J Cumming.

Well done to G Findlay on topping the Fed; also well done to A Milne on winning the West section. George Duthie;


Willie Kinnear of Danderhall, Edinburgh, I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Willie who flew in partnership with his son Barry as W Kinnear & Son in Pentland Hills Federation. They have been excellent Federation flies for many years competing from the first race i.e. Christmas race right to the last race in the programme. The name of Willie & Barry Kinnear are known throughout the UK with the highlight being their winning the Scottish National Flying Club coveted Gold Cup race from La Ferte Bernard in 2004.

This wonderful pigeon named as ‘Auld Reekie’ after Edinburgh the capital of Scotland. Also won the Dewar Trophy for Scotland’s ‘Bird of the Year’ in 2004 and 2005. I was privileged to visit their family home for a loft report on this Gold Cup win and I took a photograph of the SNFC Gold Cup with their loft in the background.

I used this as the front page for the SNFC web site while being the club press officer of the club. The Kinnear partnership went on to win the SNFC Ypres national in 2009 with ‘Young Reekie’ and have achieved many other top positions over the years.

They won their first SNFC Gold Awards (for a bird to win 5 times from France) in 1996 with ‘Back to Basics’ He also won the following awards being winner of 1st place coefficient Euro Bird of the year, he was also the winner of SHU Dewar Trophy for Scotland bird of the Year and he won over £10,000 during his racing career. The partners won their 2nd Gold Award in 2016 with ‘Poppy’ who also won the Dewar Trophy for Scotland’s Bird of the year in 2000. Their success continued as they won SNFC Silver Awards (birds to win 3 times from France) in the following years 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Unfortunately, Willie has not kept the best of health over the past few years and spent the last few years in nursing care, and his wife Pat (unfortunately she has not kept the best of health either).  To Pat, sons Barry, Brian, Ross & Russell and their wives, partners and to each and every one of their grandchildren, we send out heartfelt condolences at their sad loss. Willie may no longer be with us, but his name will live for ever in the annuals of the Scottish pigeon sport. Rest in peace my old friend. 


Joe’s Joke

A rabbit walks into a pub and says to the barman, 'Can I have a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie?' The barman is amazed but gives the rabbit a pint of beer and a ham and cheese toastie. The rabbit drinks the beer and eats the toastie. He then leaves. The following night the rabbit returns and again asks for a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie. The barman, now intrigued by the rabbit and the extra drinkers in the pub, (because word gets round), gives the rabbit the pint and the Toastie. The rabbit consumes them and leaves. The next night, the pub is packed. In walks the rabbit and says, 'A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman.' The crowd is hushed as the barman gives the rabbit his pint and toastie, and then burst into applause as the rabbit wolfs them down.

The next night there is standing room only in the pub. Coaches have been laid on for the crowds of patrons attending. The barman is making more money in one week than he did all last year. In walks the rabbit and says, 'A pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please barman.' The barman says, 'I'm sorry rabbit, old mate, old mucker, but we are right out of them Ham and Cheese Toasties.' The rabbit looks aghast. The crowd has quietened to almost a whisper, when the barman clears his throat nervously and says, 'We do have a very nice Cheese and Onion Toastie. The rabbit looks him in the eye and says, 'Are you sure I will like it.' The crowd's bated breath is ear shatteringly silent. The barman, with a roguish smile says, 'Do you think that I would let down one of my best friends. I know you'll love it.' 'Ok,' says the rabbit, 'I'll have a pint of beer and a Cheese and Onion Toastie.' The pub erupts with glee as the rabbit quaffs the beer and guzzles the toastie. He then waves to the crowd and leaves.... NEVER TO RETURN!!!!!!

One year later, in the now impoverished public house, the barman, (who has only served 4 drinks tonight, 3 of which were his), calls time. When he is cleaning down the now empty bar, he sees a small white form, floating above the bar. The barman says, 'Who are you? To which he is answered, 'I am the ghost of the rabbit that used to frequent your public house.' The barman says, 'I remember you. You made me famous. You would come in every night and have a pint of beer and a Ham and Cheese Toastie. Masses came to see you and this place was famous.' The rabbit says, 'Yes I know.' The barman said, 'I remember, on your last night we didn't have any Ham and Cheese Toasties. You had a Cheese and Onion one instead.' The rabbit said, 'Yes, you promised me that I would love it.' The barman said, 'You never came back, what happened?' 'I DIED', said the rabbit. 'NO!' said the barman. 'What from?'  After a short pause, the rabbit said ... 'Mixin-me-toasties’.


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