by Rupert Insider (Updated and revised version)
As you all know we leave discussion of football to other sites while we concentrate on getting rid of Duncan Oldham and his various websites.
But Chris Bascombe’s report today in the Liverpool Echo about the owners plans for the KOP is relevant to the blog because it is in such stark contrast to Oldham’s claims.
Chris Bascombe was taken into the confidences of the owners some time ago and fully briefed. He writes with authority. And you can believe Chris. He’s a reader of the blog.
“The plans to restore the unique atmosphere come as it’s revealed the Kop in the new stadium – which won’t now open until the 2010/11 season – will be an awesome 18,000 seater, single tier stand.
From next August, the Reds have agreed to set aside 1800 Kop tickets for the most vocal, passionate supporters in order to preserve the Anfield atmosphere.
In an unprecedented move, club officials have acted to create a specific ‘singing section’ of the famous terrace in a bid to ensure every home fixture replicates the volume of more high profile games…………
Meanwhile, the revised stadium blueprint will also include such an area as part of an 18,000 single tier Kop end, allowing over 5,000 more spectators than currently available.
However, the ECHO can confirm the new arena on Stanley Park definitely won’t be open in time for the start of the 2009-10 season as originally stated.” Click Here for the full article
We know for certain that Oldham never met with George Gillett or any member of his family or his LFC related staff or had any briefings from him whatsoever. We know George Gillett never invited him to Montreal nor had any involvement in the economics of the trip. We know that George Gillett repeatedly instructed his staff to order Oldham to stop making claims to the contrary.
We know Oldham was not invited to Dallas by Tom Hicks or any member of his family or personal staff. We know the meeting in Dallas was opportunistic at Oldham’s request and was a simple courtesy by Tom Hicks to a stranger who made exaggerated claims about who and what he represented. We know that the meeting was a few minutes and not more than a photo opportunity and Tom Hicks did not comment on any matters not already in the public domain.
Neither Tom Hicks nor George Gillett nor any officer of Kop Football Ltd has authorized Oldham to use the name of their company in a new website or represent to Liverpool fans that the site is a means by which they can communicate with them.
While we know these things for certain it should also be obvious to readers of Koptalk.
Oldham first claimed that he could not reveal what Tom Hicks told him because it was confidential. If that were true it would be understandable. But then Oldham proceeded to divulge in a piece-meal fashion what he says he was told. But his revelations are clearly inventions and guesses full of ifs, ands, buts and maybes and contradictions consistent with the style of a liar.
More importantly, in all his revelations he failed to reveal the important information announced by Chris Bascombe today, which had been foreshadowed, in part, several days ago by other unofficial LFC sites and mainstream news services.
It is understandable that Oldham did not know what LFC supporter sites and the accredited press knew in Britain about the singing section in the Kop and the expansion of the Kop to the new stadium because for more than three weeks he was in planes and trains and night clubs and in ice hockey and baseball arenas and stuffed in a rental car careering from one cheap motel in the USA to another in a desperate stunt to save his site from failure by making himself look relevant. All he managed to do was make himself look foolish, again.
For any Koptalkers who are looking for reliable information about the club, without the bullshit to which they are accustomed on Koptalk, my suggestion is:
1. Ditch KT now and ask for the balance of your membership fee to be refunded.
2. Cancel the automatic payment order to KT on your PayPal account.
3. Find one or two other LFC sites from the list on the right of this page.
4. Bookmark Chris Bascombe in the Liverpool Echo.
“LFCrss.com is the newest dedicated Liverpool F.C. News tracking site, tracking the latest posts and views from a variety of independent LFC websites and blogs (no big media sources) dedicated to the most successful football club in England.”
The format is easy on the eye and I like that it features our blog! I have corresponded with the editor who has been following the blog for some time. There is no chance he will feature Koptalk.
One of the side effects of the blog getting Koptalk removed from News Now and its dominance of LFC related media is that the field is now open for genuine LFC supporters to create innovative approaches to sharing information and opinions about the club – which is what LFCrss is doing.
You can find it on the list of LFC sites in the right column or by the hot button in the left column or here: http://www.lfcrss.com