Happy Birthday Insider!

by Rupert Insider

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It’s one year since this blog was started. You could say that it did not begin to attract an audience until April 2006 when it moved to WordPress and it did not hit its stride until late May or June. But the first experiment was in March 2006.

The reasons for the blog are already explained in About Us and Blog v Koptalk.

I would like to congratulate and thank Insider Insider (II) for starting the blog and guiding it through its first successful year.

As he has explained, he meant it as a bit of laugh – to keep track of and show up Duncan Oldham’s ridiculous claims about his inside information on transfers. But the blog became a focus for many who had more serious concerns about Oldham and Koptalk.

It may be hard to believe now – but just one year ago Koptalk claimed 6,000 members, tens of thousands of lurkers every day, and it was flush with money. Oldham’s lies and distortions about LFC and its players dominated the News Now. It was not unusual that the top 15 of the top 20 stories at weekends were from Koptalk and on weekdays usually it was the top 2 or 3 with perhaps another 5 in the top 20. Oldham dominated the news sources about LFC. He was so relentless and pervasive and had evaded exposure for so long that even the club seemed to have given up trying to reclaim the mind-share that was rightfully theirs.

Oldham poured scorn on the blog, when it appeared, cheered on by his long-standing cultees on Koptalk. He offered bribes to anyone who could trick their way into discovering our identities. He spread false stories about us. He constantly suggested that we were molesting his kids. He turned his phantom “legal team” on us and tried to steal our domain. He claimed that he had special relations with the police and that he had put them on to us. And he talked of physical attacks on Insider and hiring a hitman to bump all of us off. Worse than any of that, he claimed he had Jesus Christ, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Oscar Wilde and Smoove on his side.

Insider has guarded his privacy throughout the year partly because he wanted to demonstrate that the blog is not about him – its not an ego trip – but also because the safety of his wife and kids came first. I’m from Liverpool, too, but Oldham’s threats to be working with gangsters did not trouble me because I am working outside the UK.

Insider brings to the blog a steely determination, a steady moral compass and an unerring ability to discern when Oldham is bullshitting. His patient line-by-line analysis of Oldham’s outpourings last summer and autumn created a new model for blog-writers. He forensically examined the intestinal details of Oldham’s entire stream of consciousness. As you know Oldham spread himself over innumerable posts on the Koptalk forums, his editorials, opinion pieces and special announcements and in the various blogs he set up about the trivia of his daily life. Through this patient technique Insider exerted unrelenting pressure on Oldham. He demonstrated his inconsistencies, challenged his lies – big and small – frustrated him, stoked his paranoia, and caused him to make many revelations he later regretted.

And while Insider was determined and consistent he was also open-minded, too, allowing others to join him on the blog and inviting contrary opinions.

I know something of the pressures applied to him by some of Oldham’s former cronies. They wanted Oldham exposed, all right, but in a way that hid their past involvement. But to do that would have meant obscuring how Oldham worked his cons. In one incident they implied that there might be legal action or attempt to close the blog if Insider did not force me to exonerate one of Oldham’s cronies I had named. I always gave Insider carte blanche to do what he thought was best for the blog and remove or edit anything I wrote. Because, like him, I am anonymous and not in it for reasons of ego. But he never caved-in to the pressures.

I get emails from time to time asking about Insider’s occasional absences from the blog. Of course, I respect his privacy. But since he hinted publicly recently that he has been struggling with some issues – even though he was too modest to “bore” us with them – perhaps I can broaden the hint and say that that at times he simply cannot – physically – contribute. When he can, he does. In addition to health matters, he has a family to feed.

The blog has attracted many contributors who have energized it and given it substance. You know about Right Insider, and Sawyer Insider and Tom Insider , Honorary Insider, Stannard Insider and Koptalk Outsider and Andy Insider and Outsider Outsider from their pieces and their research. But there have been many others who wished to remain anonymous who allowed us to pick bits and pieces from the draft articles they sent in, or who kept us informed of what Oldham was up to and sent in screen shots and images and suggestions. I’d like to mention Andy Insider. He was very effective in the work that led up to News Now cancelling Koptalk’s listing. I’d also like to acknowledge those who have written in about the reports they have made to various authorities about Koptalk, and those who sent in details of how they had been ripped-off by Duncan Oldham and Steve MacNeish. And don’t let’s forget the blog’s forerunner Kraptalk and its founding editor, Toby, who contributes generously here. And what about our shadow blogger – Duncan Mitty (the sad *********)

And then there are the Commentators in the Comments Section. Some of them are as well-known as the writers. Their wit, energy and passion has played a huge part in keeping the blog going. There are others, too, readers whose positions require that they remain anonymous – from the club and the press and from all walks of life.

It hasn’t cost a penny. It’s never taken in a penny. Its truly been a free and spontaneous effort born in Liverpool but involving a cross-section of LFC supporters from all over the world – serious in its intent but also – as Insider Insider intended from the beginning – a bit of laugh!

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35 Responses to “Happy Birthday Insider!”

  1. barry wom Says:

    Nice one fellas. The progess made in shutting down Oldham is nothing short of incredible. It’s been a massive effort from all those involved, most notably Insider and Rupert. Watching Oldham fucking up time and again has been both revealing and funny. I must admit his usenet stuff of him looking for a fit young man made me laugh the most.

    Well done fellas. Great job.

  2. Tubby Says:

    Happy anniversary to the blog, an example of what fellow reds can achieve when they get together to stop a worm from infesting our great club. I

    expect the new owners to come down hard on Dunk, as soon as they have full and proper control. No doubt the blog knows more than they can tell, but given the Gillette familys proclivity to mix it amongst the fans, no doubt they will look askance at the fat twat and chase him out of town.

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaw! Squeel like a pig now boy!

  3. rupertinsider Says:

    barry wom

    I can’t locate your email address. Would you mind sending it in again?

  4. IG-88 Says:

    Happy birthday to the Blog indeed.

    It has been entertaining and informative in equal measure. I would say ‘long may it continue’ but it would be nice to see the large one finished off before the Blog is two years old.

    Keep up the good work everyone.

  5. dataimaginary Says:

    Well done lads. Stick at it.

    tom

  6. fat_boy_fat Says:

    I bet Oldham wished he had a time machine to go back a year. Then he would not keep on ranting on KT about his “stalkers” and then no-one (me included) would have been any wiser that the blog exsisted.

    Great work from everyone involved. Been great showing this fat yorkshire pudding up for what he is.

  7. jack sprat Says:

    well done guys, it’s appreciated by more than you will ever know.

    js

  8. Red Lion Landlord Says:

    Congratulations! Hope you don’t get to your second birthday. On that note, when KT goes under are you going to delete these pages or just stop updating them? I know the main concern of the blog is to get shut of Oldham from LFC but its probable he will surface somewhere else with another scam (a la sky cards).

    The sheer amount of information on this page and its knack of cropping up in search engines may be useful to others who cross his path in times to come.

  9. rupertinsider Says:

    RedLion:

    That’s what I’ve been saying to the contributor who has put hours into sorting through some old archives about Oldham’s former scams – especially as Del Johnson. There have been references to them here and there on the net – but so far nobody has coordinated it. It may not interest those who only want current stuff but will be a valuable resource on the net forever for those who may need to know his history.

  10. aldo's sweaty sock Says:

    well done chaps!
    i have not been reading this blog fron the start,but i will be reading it untill the end!
    keep up the good work fellas,dont let up until the parasite is destitute and alone.

  11. red from oz Says:

    well done insider`s,don`t let up on this prick.there are thousands of LFC fans who appreciate your efforts at exposing this creature.i don`t comment on every article but i read the blog everyday and you guys are doing an immense job. keep up the good work.

  12. chapeau du soleil Says:

    Great work fellas. Lets see this fat fuck of a parasite totally eradicated from all things LFC.

    Any plans to sell shares in this site? 😉

  13. Dj Sydney_A Says:

    You’ve done a good job in eradicating this parasite from the net. Kinell, I made the mistake (and I don’t mind admitting it) of being a dim, blindsided dunce for a couple of years 😉 – but I’ve learnt from my mistakes.

    In retrospect, I feel a tad idiotic, but…. I’m 100% behind you fellas now.

    All the best and happy birthday bloggers!

  14. rupertinsider Says:

    Dj

    Hi Dj (the former main Moderator from the Koptalk free forum) – if its you – and it does seem to be as far as I can tell from the dashboard info.

    Many we’re taken in and used by him. From what I know about your involvement it was based on genuine belief.

    Its not as though you were part of his con.

    Your words and actions started with acceptance of what he told you. You then acted on that belief. There was even an element of loyalty in how you supported him and his site after it started to unravel.

    You’re welcome to participate here publicly or privately.

  15. Redz Says:

    Well done an happy birthday lads,this site has been the best read on the net in ages.
    Don’t close it once you sink fatty keep it going cause he’s bound to come back with some other scam to rip reds off,we bought his house an car he won’t walk away until Gillette & Hicks bury him in court.

  16. rupertinsider Says:

    Recently I showed stats to the effect that a large percentage of Oldham’s hits on the Alex stats are coming from Asia.

    One of the blog contributors alerted me to the fact that the Official Liverpool Supporters Club in Hong Kong had a prominent link to Koptalk and some of his hits were coming from that. The contributor took on himself to write to the site. I also wrote.

    The conrbutor contacted me today to tell me that the HK site has now removed the links to Koptalk.

    http://www.hongkongreds.com/links.html

    Let’s move on to Singapore. If anyone is familiar with those sites please let me know. I could also provide the draft of the letter I sent to the HK site.

    Does anyone know which Irish sites are linking to him – although I notice that Ireland has dropped to about only 12-14% of his hits, lower than Singapore.

  17. Tubby Says:

    might be an idea to find someone willing to translate some of the blog into Thai/Cantonese/Malaysian. Millions of reds in the far east, many of whom would have little idea about the fat bloated conman.

  18. fat_boy_fat Says:

    Here is a list of Offical supporter sites and fansites around the world that is currently advertising KT in its link sections.
    If people could help in contacted them through email asking them to remove their links it would be a big help. Especially anyone from Aisa for the Asain branches

    Rupert has a draft Email for this so if anyone wishes to use it just email him

    Singapore Branch: http://www.liverpoolfanclub.org.sg/Links/index.htm

    Danish Branch:
    http://www.liverpool-fc.dk/

    Greece Branch:
    http://www.geocities.com/lfcgr95/

    Malaysia Branch:
    http://www.lscm.com.my/

    Canadian fansite:
    http://www.liverpoolfc.ca/

    NewZeland Branch:
    http://www.geocities.com/anfieldfc/

    French Branch:
    http://www.liverpoolfrance.com/

    Singapore fansite: http://www.eastofanfield.com/htdocs/index.htm

    German fansite:
    http://www.lfc4ever.de/index.htm

    London Branch:
    http://www.uk.geocities.com/londonlfc/

    Denbighshire Branch: http://www.denbighshirelfc.co.uk/home.html

    Swedish Branch:
    http://www.liverpoolfc.nu/

    Hong Kong:
    http://www.lfc.org.hk

    The good news i found when going through all the oversea’s sites and supporter clubs is that KT does not appear on many links. The above list was the only ones i could find after 3 hours of trawling through websites.
    It appears the “dodge KT” message is spreading throughout ALL reds!

  19. rupertinsider Says:

    Nice work and thanks . The Singapore and Malaysia sites are the ones bringing him the most hits.

    That HK site you quoted is in Mandarin or Cantonese. But they must be able to read English if they are using Koptalk.

  20. jon Says:

    Well done fellas, your hard work is sure to pay off soon. Keep it up!

  21. Scouse Says:

    One thing to mention in your exchanges with foreign supporter clubs & sites is for them to compare to the UK sites.

    Look how many LFC sites in the UK link to Koptalk, absolutely ZERO so the sooner, HongKong, Mayalsia and Singapore can echo this the better.

  22. yellowbelly74 Says:

    Happy Birthday Blog! Congratulations on being 1 year old and for all the hard work done in that year. Keep it up! The site is always an entertaining and fascinating read.

  23. Yorkie Says:

    As far as I

  24. Yorkie Says:

    As far as Irish sites go, I’ve tried to spread the word as often as I can. However the biggest site is http://www.irishkop.com/

    You’re doing a great job… keep it up…

  25. lfc_1892 Says:

    Hi there,

    I will take a look at the LFC website of Malaysia and write to them when i’m free. Good luck and hoping Insider can wipe out the conman

  26. Outsider Insider Says:

    Ditto all the above, I’m waiting for my subscription to expire in June and I’ll not be renewing it. Hope some fo the links I’ve sent have been usefull Rupert

  27. rupertinsider Says:

    This is a draft that you can use in whole or part – making suitable changes. For example it would be good to personalise it by making reference to the site you are corresponding with.
    _______________________________________________

    Hi fellow Reds in (put in site or country here):

    I see that your site has a link to Koptalk.com

    There are about 25 other LFC supporter sites in Britain. Most of them are larger than Koptalk.

    None of them has a link to Koptalk.

    There’s a reason for this. Koptalk is considered an anti-LFC site in Britain.

    Let me explain.

    You probably saw the photographs of the recent tapestry on the KOP created by the crowd. That 6 minute demonstration showed the passion that the people of Liverpool and the club feel about how the SUN newspaper insulted the supporters, friends and family of the 96 young men and boys who were killed 15 years ago in an away match at Hillsborugh. LFC keeps alive a memorial to those supporters. The SUN has never apologized for its hurtful slander. The people of Liverpool boycott the SUN as do most LFC supporters throughout the world.

    But the owner of Koptalk, Duncan Oldham, claimed that he has two copies of the SUN delivered to his home every day. While all the other supporter sites ignore the SUN he uses it as a news source. On his site he argues that the boycott is merely “political” and that the parents of the dead are difficult to deal with. He says that his site does not support the boycott. We know he tries to sell gossip about LFC players to the SUN and that he was once photgraphed wearing a promotional hat advertising the SUN. Recently he had large banner headlines on his site “We Love the SUN”.

    But his involvement with the SUN is not the only reason he is considered anti-LFC. Three years ago he announced that he would write a book called “Anfield Exposed” which would mainly be about his “struggle” agains the “suits”. He often describes himself as being in conflict with our club. He started taking advanced deposits on the book, but three years later he has not written a word of it.

    He is anti-LFC because he makes up stories about the players. He conducted a sleazy two year campaign against Robbie Fowler, for example.

    He is anti-LFC because he sells fake LFC memorabilia – perhaps to your readers. The players signatures on the shirts and balls are forged by himself or his half-brother.

    I don’t know why your site links to Koptalk.com Perhaps you were misled by his claims to be “Official”. Or by his claims that all the news and information is “Exclusive” from “Inside Anfield, Melwood and the Academy”. If so you should know that Koptalk.com is not based in Liverpool but in a garden shed in Wallsend near Newcastle – that’s a long way from Liverpool. The owner has never lived or worked in Liverpool and despite his claims he rarely, if ever, goes to games at Anfield where he is not welcome.

    He runs a porn site from the same computers he runs Koptalk.

    LFC has disassociated from him – by “LFC” I mean Rick Parry, Executive Director and Ian Cotton, Head of Press and the people at the Official Site and the players. They have made clear that Oldham has never had any contact with the club and never will and all his claims to the contrary are false.

    Recently Oldham claimed that one of the new owners of LFC- George Gillett – invited him to Montreal, paid for his trip, put him up in the same hotel he uses and urged him to stay as long as he liked. We contacted GG and we discoverd that Oldham’s claims were lies, as usual.

    Oldham has lost 85% of his members in the last year. He and his site are outcasts in Britain. Now he relies on visitors from other countries, especially Asia. We can only assume that they are not aware of his reputation.

    I would ask you to stop linking to Koptalk.com. Or if you continue to also link to the blog that is dedicated to exposing him. Then your readers can make up their own mind. On the blog you will also find a complete list of other LFC sites in the UK that you could link to. The blog is not a rival site. We take in no revenues. All we do is expose Oldham and Koptalk.

    We would be happier to add your site to our list of supporter sites.

    https://koptalkinsider.wordpress.com/2007/03/10/koptalk-pays-the-price-for-latest-lies/

    The supporters in Liverpool are really happy that the club is so well-loved all over the world and they are proud to have fellow supporters in Asia, North America and Europe. Please join us in cleaning our club of Koptalk.com and its owner Duncan Oldham.
    ________________________________________

    # fat_boy_fat Says:
    March 25th, 2007 at 12:43 pm e

    Here is a list of Offical supporter sites and fansites around the world that is currently advertising KT in its link sections.
    If people could help in contacted them through email asking them to remove their links it would be a big help. Especially anyone from Aisa for the Asain branches

    Rupert has a draft Email for this so if anyone wishes to use it just email him

    Singapore Branch: http://www.liverpoolfanclub.org.sg/Links/index.htm

    Danish Branch:
    http://www.liverpool-fc.dk/

    Greece Branch:
    http://www.geocities.com/lfcgr95/

    Malaysia Branch:
    http://www.lscm.com.my/

    Canadian fansite:
    http://www.liverpoolfc.ca/

    NewZeland Branch:
    http://www.geocities.com/anfieldfc/

    French Branch:
    http://www.liverpoolfrance.com/

    Singapore fansite: http://www.eastofanfield.com/htdocs/index.htm

    German fansite:
    http://www.lfc4ever.de/index.htm

    London Branch:
    http://www.uk.geocities.com/londonlfc/

    Denbighshire Branch: http://www.denbighshirelfc.co.uk/home.html

    Swedish Branch:
    http://www.liverpoolfc.nu/

    Hong Kong:
    http://www.lfc.org.hk

    The good news i found when going through all the oversea’s sites and supporter clubs is that KT does not appear on many links. The above list was the only ones i could find after 3 hours of trawling through websites.
    It appears the “dodge KT” message is spreading throughout ALL reds!

  28. rupertinsider Says:

    fat_boy_fat

    Did you find the Thailand site(s)?

  29. fat_boy_fat Says:

    The 2 Thia sites i found did not carry any links to KT that i could see

    http://www.liverpool.in.th
    http://www.liverpoolthailand.com

  30. red from oz Says:

    ok i`ve sent it to the new zealand site.

  31. RedinSweden Says:

    Here is an abridged version of Rupert’s letter:

    Dunk = Cunt

  32. The Platinum Club Says:

    Abridging is all well and good, but you missed out the word fat.

  33. ZedLepplin Says:

    Where did my last post go?

  34. rupertinsider Says:

    ZedLepplin

    There’s one by you on The Truth About Koptalk Konman’s Montreal Kaper thread.

    No posts have been deleted and there are none in the spam bucket.

  35. sawyerinsider Says:

    I’d like to publicly congratulate everyone that has contributed to the blog, in whatever way, and for all the achievements that have been made in the last 12 months towards sending this exploitative slime into obscurity.

    The work is not completed yet, but the fat lady (ma oldham?) is about to sing, that I am sure of.

    For the end of KT days, everyone here deserves thanks, especially to II and Rupert. Well done guys.

    As you may have guessed I don’t have access to KT anymore. Anyone want to share/donate their login for the greater good email me sawyerinsider@gmail.com

    adios.,
    SawyerInsider.


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