by Rupert Insider
The two hicks on their way to see “Mr. ‘icks”.
(Photo: courtesy of fat_boy_fat)
Duncan Oldham tried to give the impression that his drunken jaunt to Montreal and Dallas included only himself and his hapless manservant Steve. I spotted the deceit in the first scene of the first video in the parking lot at Newcastle airport when he could be heard off-cam asking a third person where Steve was.
But a mystery woman strayed into the frame during the tour of the stadium in Montreal and when he was asked who she was he said it was his mother. But that still left the question, who was working the cam in Montreal and Dallas?
Notice that he cut out of the video any introduction he made in Tom Hicks’s office to whoever was working the cam.
Since he is compulsive liar who tries to control all questions put to him on his site, there was not much point in a member asking him, unless they wanted to be banned. But someone had the bright idea of asking his even dumber “cousin” – Katie-in-the-shoutbox.
At first she pretended not to know. But when someone said that Oldham had admitted his mother and his wife were there (I don’t know that he had said that about his estranged wife), Katie acted as if the shout-box was the witness-box and broke down under cross-examination. She admitted that she was part of the cover-up – she had known all along.
Naturally, the next question was – who paid for their trip? After all, a foursome – if it really was – probably doubles my estimate of ₤3,000+ So who coughed up ₤5-6,000?
Oh dear, that question touched a raw nerve!
It was deleted within minutes. Not only that, the questioner – bridgy – a member since 1999 – was banned on the spot. “Off with his head”, the mad queen said.
According to bridgy’s comments – the banning took place just before he posted on the blog – about 3.20 pm (see “Comments” on the previous thread).
However, bridgy had already written to me at 10.44 am that he had decided to quit Koptalk.
His is an interesting story and, since he has given me permission, one worth telling.
He started with KT in 1999. That’s when some of KT’s finest posters joined – because in those early days of the net , KT was one of only three or four websites about LFC. Oldham had not yet figured out how to put himself front and centre and the participants quite easily ignored him and created their own lively, well-informed community.
There were some, like bridgy, who had genuine contacts with the players and the club. He and his family were and are neighbors of some of the past and current generation of players and he, himself, became involved professionally with the club on matters of insurance and, as a result, was familiar with its senior executives. But like all genuine “insiders” he never claimed to have “exclusive” information and would never have divulged it on an internet forum, even if he had.
However, he loved the club and enjoyed sharing his experiences with others of like mind. He’s a season-ticket holder since 1974 with a ticket allocation that has been in the family since 1947.
He “won” a year’s subscription to Koptalk and was made a Gold Club Member. Being the trusting sort he never ever checked his PayPal account. He explains what caused him to check it recently.
“I raised an issue with you-know-who about cozying up to the Yanks by way of a brief post. For once the community responded with reasoned debate and not illiterate slanging. Anyway it got pulled so Dunk could check it before allowing it back out.
It was only during that hiatus that I bothered to check out the web for problems, as I was fuming. Feel like a dick now as I didn’t even realise I had this “rolling subscription” going for the last 5 years or so!!.”
He pays respect to his former buddies on Koptalk. But describes how the rot set in:
“The decline has been spectacular, though, and I noticed a couple of my posts being pulled but thought nowt of it as these things happen. Some of the good writers all seem to have drifted away to be replaced by kids who just want to post as many pieces as possible and are caught up in the Soccer AM approach to football. I can’t recall the last time there was anything useful posted on there……….Cheers once again and congratulations for all your work”
I know a few people like bridgy. People from the Liverpool or Merseyside area who were or are neighbours of players and who also came into contact with them professionally or socially. Part of the satisfaction of being in the worldwide family of Liverpool fans is being able to pass on the stories from generation to generation – the Americans call it “color commentary”.
Oldham who is from Yorkshire and lives new Newcastle was never a Liverpool supporter. But he saw how people like bridgy could be exploited for profit. Oldham would claim ownership of their experience, distort it, wrap it up in false “insider” aliases, and sell it to vulnerable LFC supporters who were thirsting for genuine information about their club.
There are many like bridgy on other LFC sites – far more than there ever were on Koptalk. One of those other sites will now be lucky enough to have bridgy calling soon.
Meanwhile, Oldham’s paranoia has cost him another membership – and of someone closer to the club than he could ever hope to be.
He and his greedy family have been feasting in the Koptalk trough again. They’ve swilled about in the money from the fake Lauren appeal, the sale of fake LFC memorabilia and the membership fees sent in by trusting overseas LFC supporters who thought they were contributing to the development of Koptalk. Oldham’s Montreal and Dallas trips cost more than some of his members earn in a year.
But Oldham is too stupid to understand that you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.