I’ve seen this mentioned in the comments and some of you have emailed it to me. Duncan Oldham, ex-editor of Koptalk.com, has had another rant.
KOPTALK COMMENT: Why the worry?
With regards finance, it’s a little depressing hearing those involved or educated about the matter speaking so negatively about the club. I really do wish the club would pull something off and shut everyone up.
Hearing Professor Tom Cannon on Sky Sports News today saying we risk the chance of dropping out of the big four now if we fail to secure finance and a new stadium really concerned me. If it was just a journalist saying this I’d probably reserve my opinions but when an independent egghead starts talking it makes you listen. (I’ve heard a lot of negative stuff said about that particular Prof and his actual knowledge of Liverpool’s investment situation. I’ll not go into it in too much detail but I was told his views should be taken with a pinch of salt. Maybe Duncan should have checked this out before taking his word for it. Trouble is, the Professor’s opinions suit Oldham’s agenda – which is to attack Parry at every opportunity).
I was saddened to be informed recently that a non-executive figure at the club has apparently been trying to make things difficult for KOPTALK. Whether the top brass are aware of this I don’t know but I will be investigating when I can be arsed. It’s not the first time that this has happened and it certainly doesn’t concern me in the slightest. (No idea who you mean Oldham. Well, I’ve a few ideas who might be acting to protect the rights of Liverpool Football Club. That would be employees of Liverpool football club who are paid to act on behalf of Liverpool Football Club. I’m 99.9% certain (to coin a phrase) that the “top brass” are aware of this. I am also 99.9% certain that you won’t be able to “investigate” this directly with any of the “top brass” or executives – whether you can be arsed or not. “It doesn’t concern me in the slightest” – it does concern you. In fact it really, really pisses you off. It makes you so angry you could write a rant about it. Oh – you just did. Face it – you’ve stolen from the club once too often. You’ve written negative unfounded attacks on the club and its staff once too often. You’ve screwed up – once too often.)
Liverpool supporters have the right to make their own mind up regarding matters that affect the club be they on a positive or negative stance and the only people that suffer when you try and get heavy is the fans. I’m flattered of course but they should be embarrassed. Be careful because my book’s out this season and I’d hate to be forced into quoting you. (Ooh – I bet they’re quaking in their boots now aren’t they? First of all, you’ve got nothing to put in your infamous book about them. You’ve got trouble holding back from any of your many addictions, and slagging off others is one of those addictions. If you had anything, you’d have used it by now. Secondly, even if you did have anything, by the time you’ve finally written this long-promised book most of those you claim will be in it will be only seen at Anfield in the museum, long since having left the club. You’ve been promising the book for three years and you’ve claimed it was finished twice. It’s just another Oldham lie. As for “Liverpool supporters have the right to make their own mind up…” yes, they do. Except on Koptalk, where they’ve got to think what the Ex-Editor tells them to think or face a ban. It’s great for all the true LFC supporters who read this blog to hear, from what the “Informer” might call the “mouth of the ‘horse'”, that Liverpool Football Club are dealing with Mr Oldham. Well done Oldham for telling us. Well done LFC for doing it. Another big step towards taking our club back from the odious webmaster.)
We try to remain independent of conflicting opinions and views that relate to the club and this is something that I want to try and improve during the coming season. Sometimes it’s difficult when the club is in your heart but it’s better to let the fans decide what’s right for the club rather than the opinions of myself for example or those employed by the club. This attitude is something that I will be conveying to your new editor (Steve). (Crap. Completely. Oldham always wants the readers of his site to follow his line. Including reading the Sun if it comes to it. And shouldn’t the new teenage editor of your pathetic rag of a website be able to also make his own mind up about things? Or are you insisting he does things the Oldham way? You’ve already given him the Oldham name.)
You don’t make a lot of friends when you’re prepared to speak up but we refuse to just toe-the-line like many journalists and other websites do. (A dig at Chris Bascombe? He’s the only journalist I know of who would need to “toe-the-line” regarding LFC. And that need only goes so far, as I’ve heard him explain elsewhere (not Koptalk). He’ll be helpful to the club and they will be helpful to him, and as a result he gets exclusives that Oldham can only dream of. Bascombe once slagged Koptalk off (indirectly) in one of his columns, according to many of you in emails and comments, and as such is one of the many on Dunk’s hitlist of hated people. Other websites certainly don’t “toe-the-line” regarding the club, they just speak like true fans. That means criticism does come, but it’s generally constructive, and supporters who contribute to forums on those sites are allowed to say their piece too. Oldham’s criticism is all aimed at either getting back at people he doesn’t like, or generating hits.)
The fans are more important than the suits and that’s why we report what we do and in a style that we hope they understand or can at least relate to. (That’s it though Dunk, you have to try and think to yourself, “what would a fan think right now?” – Genuine from-the-heart Liverpool fans don’t need to try – they say what they feel. From their heart. Without “the suits”, we’d not have a transfer fund of any kind, not to mention the other uses they have, including those who are rarely seen in public. Liverpool FC is a unique club in so many ways, not least of which is that “the suits” are also Liverpool fans, not always the case elsewhere. And “the suits” may be well rewarded for their work, as are the players, but they do put the club first, not the bank balance. And they think long-term, not short-term. You ought to try thinking that way too Oldham, but you do, of course, know best.)
As Bill Shankly once said, big words are just used to try and make an ordinary person appear inferior. (Dunk = Arse. That short enough for you Mr Oldham?)
I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my gob although I must confess forks are rarely out of it. We’re football fans. We’re not here to be liked. We’re not here to be politically correct. We’re not here to intentionally offend. But we just don’t want tree-huggers here. As the official LFC website states in their terms and conditions: (I think the most common item found in the Oldham mouth is the Oldham foot. You do offend Duncan, and you do it intentionally – the “Crouch tape” comments are just one example of your attempts to offend others.)
‘If you are dissatisfied with the Website or any content or materials on it, your sole exclusive remedy is to discontinue your use of it.’ (What does the official site say about the e-season ticket or other paid-for content? Does it say that it will take one year’s payment up front, then ban you for no good reason one month later without any refund? What about taking money twice, or taking money after the service had already been cancelled? What about banning customers for asking simple questions or supplying some kind of constructive feedback? Somehow I doubt the club would act in the despicable ways that Koptalk does. And does the official site steal stuff from elsewhere to make money? I think we all know the answers.)
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For all you speed readers out there here’s a summary-
Duncan Oldham seems to have been officially told off by LFC and isn’t very happy because they used long words and he couldn’t work out what they meant but he’s writing a book which will have lots of short words in it and he’ll be calling everyone smelly-bum in it so they had better watch out.
Sorry, couldn’t be arsed with the use of full-stops.