by Rupert Insider
Photo: Oldham planning the Dallas fiasco with his Head of Security, Smoove
(thanks to fat_boy_fat for the four photos)
Oldham’s bizzare “jolly” to Canada and the USA was intended to convince the new owners that he should be an Insider. Instead it convinced them that he should be a pariah with respect to their two organisations as he already was at LFC, where he has never been allowed to cross the threshold or have a telephone conversation in all of his eight years involvement with Koptalk.
The new owners did not like the way he misrepresented himself to them or themselves to others. Nor did they like the tacky site he has set up since he got back to the UK. It tarnishes the name of their bright new venture – Kop Football Ltd.
The blog has shown how Oldham was chased off the internet under his false name of Del Johnson by the police, Trading Standards, and numerous victims of his criminal frauds . He’s now going to be chased away from LFC under his true name, Duncan Oldham.
He is, should be and will be a pariah at LFC – an outcast.
He spends a lot of his member’s money on gambling. He gambles most days on horses, dogs and various other events. He encourages his members to gamble with him, too, because he gets a commission on all their bets. In March he gambled more than ₤5,000 on the booze-filled, month-long “jolly”. That’s money his members sent him to improve Koptalk and to contribute to so-called charities. The gamble was that a road show to Montreal would save his dying site.
So how did he get it so wrong?
We’ve dealt with much of it already in the blog post The Truth About the Koptalk Konman’s Montreal Kaper.
Oldham was the most avid reader of that post. He read it over and over in upper New York State at the home of someone he describes emotively as his “best friend in the whole wide world” – a guy he met on X-boy two years ago – Smoove.
The Koptalk Nightclub Owner/Tesco Branch Manager supervises the training of his two bouncers in an exercise which simulates the culling of customers who ask awkward questions. (Click enlarge)
When he is in one of his manic phases, Oldham suffers from grandiosity. In those episodes he really believes he is a somebody. So it stung when the blog ridiculed his infantile behaviour and thuggish appearance on the first “jolly” videos which showed his outward journey in airports and taxis and in the Montreal night club chatting up “prozzies”. He replied that was not really him, just a character he was playing for our amusement.
But his royal dignity was restored when he blagged two free seats for the Montreal v Toronto game. They were the only seats with loose cushions in the entire Bell Centre, he assured us breathlessly. So blog that! “We” was a somebody after all! And those seats – those cushioned seats – were all the justification he would need for the trip and its heavy cost.
It was a crushing blow, therefore, when at Smoove’s house, just before he was due to return to Montreal for his triumphant return flight to the UK, he read that the blog had been in conversation with George Gillett in Denver and had provided a true account of what had happened. He saw the number and contents of the Comments after that post. He knew the game was up. Grim reality beckoned.
But he wasn’t ready. He wanted to linger a little longer in the cocoon of hangers-on he had brought with him. They told him repeatedly what he wanted to hear. It was like a travelling mini-cult. He didn’t want to return to the UK and the blog.
So, with the predictability of a gambling addict, he decided to play the same hand again. Maybe this time it would work. He would rent a budget car and drive thousands of miles to Dallas.
He had already decided to start a new site about the new stadium. It was a subject of intense interest to LFC fans and could expect heavy traffic that would generate much advertising revenue. I suggested publicly that some of the authentic LFC sites should look at doing something similar – if not a separate site – at least a section in their existing sites. Indeed, some of them were already moving in that direction.
But Oldham thinks like a con man. He is always looking for the competitive advantage that misrepresentation or outright lying provides. That’s how he had run Koptalk – years of lying about how he was an Insider with special access to exclusive information from LFC. And he knew that despite all the years of contradictions and wave after wave of mass exoduses from his site by disgusted readers, there were always enough fresh “suckers” on the net willing to believe what they wanted to believe – that shareholders, directors, future investors, executives, manager and players would risk their careers and reputations to provide inside information to anonymous members of Koptalk who had paid a scruffy conman from Wallsend for the privilege of being a user of his website.
So it wasn’t surprising that he would claim that his new stadium site had a special relationship with the owners, especially Tom Hicks. Not surprising that he would steal the domain name of their UK company, Kop Football Ltd as he had stolen the domain name of LFC’s Official Site in the past. Not surprising that he claimed that he would introduce those who visited his site to his two new personal friends, Tom and George. They valued his site, he said, because it gave them more authentic access to fans than their own LFC Official Site or any of the other 60 LFC sites in the world. Anyone familiar with Oldham’s lies could have written the script for him – as I did in a prior warning to George Gillett – although I must admit, I overlooked the fact that he would make all these claims while pretending to be his 12 year old daughter.
So when Oldham was in Smoove’s house he figured that a trip to Dallas would add a little credibility to his site. He would make a video of the stadium in Dallas. If it got no further than that it would be sufficient. But he would also visit the JR ranch of the “Dallas” soap opera. At the very least the trip would postpone reality for another week.
But he hoped for more. While in Dallas, after he had done the stadium, he would try to beg tickets, just as he had in Montreal. And there was always the outside chance that he might be able to snatch a photo opportunity with Tom Hicks. After all, a call to his office would cost only a dime. And the number and address was in the Dallas Yellow Pages under – guess what? – Tom Hicks Holdings.
He could hardly believe his luck, therefore, when the nice lady who answered the phone said “come on over, y’all”.
Like thousands of people who have been conned by Oldham on Koptalk she would never have believed that someone who claimed to be a “die hard Red” intended to exploit her. And when she heard him say that he was a personal friend of George Gillett and his recent guest in Montreal as well as being the owner of a major media outlet in the UK and the No.1 LFC supporters site she had no reason to believe that he was lying.
So over he went. And when he was ushered forward we heard Tom Hicks – the man Oldham would later claim had invited him to Dallas from New York – say, “what’s your name?”.
The nice lady who took his call could not see the crudeness of his manner and appearance on the phone. But face-to-face Tom Hicks could. The meeting was short and sweet. It amounted to a few routine remarks about LFC already made in numerous press interviews, a forced smile for the camera, and Oldham was sent waddling on his way out of the office.
There’s a phrase in Shakespear’s Macbeth.
“Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself and falls on the’other side.”
Oldham made a strategic error when he went to Dallas in reaction to our exposure of his Montreal trip. It was vault too far. And now he has fallen on the other side.
Since his return he has made references to his need to liquidate assets, and he is testing the waters for another fake charity appeal that he can skim and he talks incessantly of finding a foreign bolt-hole. All this suggests to me that he may already have sniffed something about the heat that will be brought bear for the embarrassment he has caused the two owners and genuine LFC supporters all over the world.
The blog will play its part in sending him packing. We will work with seasoned professionals.
But we need the testimony of anyone who has been overcharged, or who was sent fake memorabilia, or who knows the details of his ticket-scalping or who is willing to testify that they joined Koptalk because of his claim to have a special relationship with the club or exclusive insider information.
We need the facts and any proof you can offer. We will fully respect your confidentiality.
Oldham’s trip to Dallas has backfired. It has opened up an opportunity to nail him. Now is the time for a concerted effort from everyone who shares the blog’s aims. We’ll let you know what we need, in further detail.