Above: North Staffs & South Cheshire FFCC chairman Henry Cooper, setting up the Fife section at the National. He took best champion Fife and best Fife in show with a clear yellow cock bred this year (see News, October 13). The same bird came second in the Canary Council’s best exhibit


CHAMPION HENRY COOPER’S first big win in nine years at the North Staffs & South Cheshire FFCC show places him second in the first round of the Fife Canary Council’s (FCC) Exhibitor of the Year competition.

First place in the competition’s champion league table is the Kendall Stud, who were pipped by Mr Cooper for best champion but still took home three of the colour awards. The show, held on October 3 at the National Exhibition in Stafford, kick-started the FCC’s annual Exhibitor of the Year competition to run across all member-club shows.

After each show, C&AB will print in our news pages a league table of results (see Week 1, below), which will give a run-down of the FCC 2021 show-season points.

The competition is calculated as follows: one point for class wins (two points if the champion class has 25-plus birds, and two points if the novice class has 15-plus birds). Five points are awarded for a colour special: best clear/best 10 per cent/best variegated/best heavily variegated/best green/ best cinnamon/best allied-white (note that only the seven listed colour awards will be offered points). Ten points will be awarded for best in section for both champion and novice.

A trophy and £50 will be awarded to both champion- and novice- winning fanciers when the competition comes to an end at the last show, held by East Anglian FFCC on January 9, 2022.

Paul Larkin, FCC secretary, said: “It’s been nine years since Henry Cooper has won the North Staffs show, but it was coming after winning two shows last year.”

In the champion league, Rodger & Wood picked up the variegated special, R. Knowles the cinnamon and Matt Eld from The Canary Room won best heavily variegated. The novice award was taken by the partnership of ABF Fifes.

Mr Larkin added: “This is going to be the start of a very interesting season with the ever-consistent partnership of Grimmer & Hornby picking up points and the Liverpool pair of Kennedy & O’Keefe too.”

Other novice specials were won by new fanciers Matt Dando and Chris Campton.

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