The former steel town of Consett is sited on the East bank of the River Derwent with fantastic views over the Derwent Valley below and within a mile or two you are into open Countryside with views stretching for miles South into County Durham or North over open countryside and the famous wall built by the Legions of the Emperor Hadrian to keep the wild hordes from entering the Roman Empire.

This setting contains the 10 Clubs that make up the most North Westerly Federation within the West Durham Amalgamation and one of them most Westerly Federations within the NEHU, the Consett and District Federation, and it is to this area of rugged scenery that the pigeons of Paul Stobbs return. The base of this family is the original Jos Soontjens pigeons. A family that need no introduction. They have re-written the record books at Club, Federation, Amalgamation, Combine, National & Open competition.

As each generation passes their quality & performances get better. Several judicious crosses have have been added from top performance & proven producing pigeons. The very best sprint middle-distance pigeons available have been sourced. Pigeons that have competed at the highest level up to 420 miles, which have been tested in the white hot competition of the NEHU racing organisation. Both pure & crossed these Jos Soontjens’ find no task too difficult when raced weekly up to 420 miles.

Since the return to the sport in the 2006 young bird season these pigeons surpassed expectations & have been fortunate enough to put up some record-breaking performances in the Consett & District Federation which sends up to 2,200 birds, the West Durham Amalgamation, with up to 10,000+ birds & the NEHU Open competitions with up to 36,000 birds. Paul & brother Mark flew in Annfield Plain as schoolboys, financed by their dad Billy and thoroughly enjoyed those early years in the sport but also learnt a hard lesson that racing pigeons in the North East is taken seriously and you need dedication and the best available pigeons to compete successfully.

Since their restart in the 2006 young bird season, after a nineteen year break from those early days of pigeon racing the partnership has won 68 x 1st Federation (up to the end of the 2014 season), and topped the West Durham Amalgamation from 13 different races, taking equal 1st with two pigeons on the same second from one of those races. The race team race in two clubs in Consett Federation, Leadgate Social H.S. and Medomsley Pretoria.

Due to business commitments there was no racing in 2010. In 2011 Billy Mosey joined Paul & Mark in the partnership to race youngbirds, flying as Stobbs Bros. & Mosey.

Racing Summary

Consett & District Fed. Results 2013

  • Wakefield (83m) 1st, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 19th 1,398 birds

  • Thoresby Hall (115m) 10th, 22nd to 24th, 40th 1,573 birds

  • Buckingham (200m) 13th, 14th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd 804 birds

  • Billericay (243m) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 18th, 39th 1,023 birds

  • Eastbourne (296m) 13th, 26th to 28th, 31st, 33rd, 39th, 40th 501 birds

  • Leicester (157m) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th to 7th, 19th, 25th, 26th, 899 birds

  • Leicester (157m) 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 40th, 843 birds

  • Arras (368m) 2nd, 4th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 23rd, 31st, 36th 277 birds

  • Maidstone (270m) 1st, 31st, 40th 658 birds

  • Clermont (419m) 1st, 2nd, 9th, 17th, 18th, 25th 169 birds

  • Peterborough (170m) 1st, 5th, 10th, 12th, 38th, 40th 821 birds

  • Bourges (569m) 1st 7th 78 birds

  • Billericay (243m) 1st, 692 birds (only sent one bird)

  • Cannapeville (411m) 8th, 16th, 18th 190 birds

  • Arras (368m) 15th, 29th, 35th, 38th 269 birds


  • Wakefield (83m) 30th, 1,526 birds

  • Wakefield (83m) 2nd to 9th, 16th, 1,463 birds

  • Newark (128m) 1st to 12th, 28th, 29th, 31st, 34th, 40th 1,105 birds

  • Peterborough (170m) 4th, 5th, 8th to 11th, 23rd, 24th, 26th to 30th, 36th, 749 birds

  • Leicester (157m) 28th, 42nd 1,185 birds

  • Peterborough (170m) 6th, 19th 699 birds

  • Maidstone (270m) 2nd to 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 30th to 32nd, 34th, 36th to 38th 490 birds

  • Newark (128m) 1st, 3rd to 5th, 8th to 10th, 16th to 20th, 25th to 29th, 32nd, 35th t0 37th 330 birds

WDA Open Results

  • Arras 1 (368m) 52nd, 79th 1,985 birds

  • Clermont QC (419m) 4th, 5th 63rd 1,240 birds

  • Bourges (569m) 1st 448 birds

  • Maidstone Youngbird Nat. (270m) 25th, 26th, 29th to 31st, 40th, 45th, 49th, 60th, 76th, 86th, 99th 3,031 birds

  • NEHU Open Classics

  • Clermont QC (419m) 13th 23rd 7,400 birds

  • Bourges (569m) 3rd 2,355 birds

Consett & Dist. Fed.



  • Wakefield (83m) 9th to 15th, 17th to 22nd, 33rd, 36th to 40th 827birds

  • Wakefield (83m) 1st to 20th, 30th, 38th, 39th, 1,286 birds

  • Thoresby Hall (115 miles) 1st to 4th, 8th to 11th, 13th to 19th, 33rd to 35th 1,154 birds

  • Newark (128m) 2nd, 10th, 11th, 17th to 22nd, 29th to 31st, 33rd 1,097 birds

  • Peterborough (170m) 5th, 23rd, 35th, 40th, 786 birds

  • Peterborough (170m) 1st, 14th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 37th, 38th 562 birds

  • Huntingdon (185) 2nd, 8th, 12th, 17th, 36th, 38th to 40th 505 birds

  • Maidstone (270m) 1st, 7th, 19th, 26th, 32nd to 35th, 39th, 43rd, 44th, 48th to 51st, 54th 382 birds

  • Newark (128m) 1st, 4th to 9th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 18th to 23rd, 27th, 29th, 31st, 35th, 36th, 39th, 40th, 283 birds

WDA Open Results

  • Maidstone Youngbird Nat. (270 miles) 1st. 28th, 59th, 95th 3,451 birds

Consett & District Fed. Results 2012

  • Wakefield (83m) 5th to 8th, 10th to 13th, 17th to 20th, 27th, 29th to 34th. 1,653 birds
  • Thoresby Hall (115m) 1st, 8th, 9th, 23rd, 32nd. 2,003 birds
  • Leicester (157m) 7th, 8th, 28th, 30th to 32nd, 38th. 1,784 birds
  • Wakefield (83m) 9th, 19th to 21st, 29th, 38th to 40th. 1,869 birds
  • Leicester (157m) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 10th, 24th, 26th to 28th, 30th to 32nd, 1,555 birds
  • Folkestone (285m) 1st, 2nd, 8th, 17th, 24th, 28th, 32nd, 36th 947 birds
  • Leicester (157m) 12th, 22nd, 23rd, 31st, 35th, 1,152 birds
  • Arras (368m) 4th, 18th, 40th 483 birds
  • Maidstone (270m) 1st, 2nd, 26th, 31st 860 birds
  • Clermont (419m) 2nd, 6th, 25th 220 birds
  • Huntingdon (185m) 1st, 2nd, 8th, 15th, 21st, 26th, 27th, 35th 693 birds
  • Bourges (569m) 1st 90 birds
  • Billericay (251m) 17th 797 birds
  • Folkestone 19th, 25th, 30th, 39th 552 birds
  • Peterborough (170m) 4th, 6th, 27th, 36th, 37th 730 birds
  • Arras (368m) 1st, 3rd, 6th, 12th, 21st, 26th, 35th 405 birds


  • Wakefield (83m) 1st, 37th, 38th, 39th 1,054 birds
  • Wakefield (83m) 13th, 31st to 34th, 38th, 40th 1,405 birds
  • Thoresby Hall (115m) 14th, 25th, 29th, 1,420 birds
  • Newark (128m) 1st, 6th, 9th, 31st, 32nd, 34†h to 37th, 39th, 40th 1,045 birds
  • Peterborough (170m) 14th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 28th, 34th, 955 birds
  • Huntingdon (185m) 1st to 5th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 36th, 38th, 40th 748 birds
  • Billericay (243m) 1st, 2nd, 4th to 12th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 30th, 36th, 37th 537 birds
  • Maidstone (270m) 1st, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 34th, 37th, 49th 425 birds
  • Newark (128m) First Four in Fed, 9th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 32nd, 33rd, 39th, 40th 348 birds

WDA Open Results

  • WDA Sprint Champion 2012
  • WDA Youngbird of the Year
  • Folkestone National (285m) 1st, 2nd, 76th 6,677 birds
  • Maidstone Unikon Nat. (270m)3rd, 8th 6,645 birds
  • Arras 1 (368m) 25th 3,025 birds
  • Clermont QC (419m) 4th, 25th 1,290 birds
  • Bourges (569m) 1st 485 birds
  • Arras 2 (368m) 13th, 21st, 30th, 62nd 3,001 birds
  • Maidstone Youngbird Nat. (270m) 1st, 6th, 7th, 53rd, 65th, 83rd, 86th, 93rd, 94th 3,358 birds

NEHU Open Classics

  • Folkestone National (285m) 1st, 2nd 34,494 birds
  • Clermont QC (419m) 43rd 8,143 birds
  • Bourges (569m) 2nd 2,479 birds

Consett & Dist. Fed. 2011 Youngbirds:

  • Wakefield (83m) First 13 in Fed. then 15th, 16th, 18th to 25th
  • Wakefield (83m) First 7 in Fed. then 9th & 10th then 18th to 22nd.
  • Thoresby Hall (115m) First 4 in Fed. then 6th, 9th to 19th, 21st to 29th
  • Huntingdon (185m) - 1st, 9th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 24th.
  • Maidstone (270m) - First 5 in Fed. then 8th to 15th. then 18th to 21st then 23rd to 27th.
  • Newark (128m) - First 15 in Fed. & another 18 birds in the first 40 of the Fed.
  • WDA Maidstone Y/B Nat. 12th & 13th 29th & 30th, 61st, 88th, 94th to 99th 5,121 birds

The star performers are from the main breeding pairs within the stockloft. We have pigeons that have bred big winners along with our own Classic winners. We have also purchased West Durham Amal. winners & Up North Combine winners at great cost to cross into our own family. Big winners to big winners. In a short space of time these pigeons have produced racers that constistently get out in front against massive birdages.

In the 2011 NEHU Futurity Race Mark Walton won 1st & 2nd Open with youngsters bred from two birds he purchased from us in 2010 which he crossed with his own. Thus proving our birds can win 1st NEHU Open for others as well as ourselves. We’ve had many reports of success from the UK & Ireland of fanciers wins.