by Rupert Insider
Are there any readers in Merseyside, or elsewhere in the UK, willing to contact Chief Superintendant Dave Lewis of the Merseyside Police about the Steve MacNeish/Koptalk involvement in ticket touting in Athens? You can find his unit by making enquiries at 0151 709 6010
He’s the officer who was interviewed by Helen Callaghan on the ITN programme from Athens. (Point 4:27 on the video). He has special responsibilities for policing football matches. He and his team develop intelligence about touts and work in cooperation with the club.
He might be interested to know of Steve MacNeish’s relationship with Duncan Oldham who has control of two LFC season tickets at Anfield (one in his name the other in the name of his estranged wife) and two Newcastle United season tickets at St.Jame’s Park. (The LFC tickets are in the Lower Centenary and we can provide the precise seat numbers to serious enquirers). MacNeish and Oldham have been involved in the touting of those season tickets for years.
I’d like to thank lfc_ Michael for making a copy of the video. The KopTalk version can be seen HERE
That was the show that featured Steve MacNeish (17) as a genuine 19 year old fan, who had arrived in Athens looking for a ticket.
At 5:25 on the video he said he had £600 to buy a ticket and, if necessary, was willing to go higher and “sell the shirt off my back”. Then, in a rehearsed move, he laid the banknotes on the table. He was then shown going through classified ads in a newspaper and then in a cyber cafe pointing out and tut-tutting at a ticket for sale at £1,000.
Later in the video, at Point 2:20, MacNeish said he had not been unable to find a ticket.
Having received a rocket from Duncan Oldham, the sole-owner of KopTalk, for not mentioning the site on his first appearance on the programme, he made sure he said, “I run a Liverpool football website, Koptalk.com,” and that there are a lot of them on there also in the same position.
If he had been who he said he was, then there is not much to complain about except perhaps the obviously staged events and the bad acting.
But we know he wasn’t who he said he was. He was 17, not 19. The day before the ITN show, MacNeish’s photograph appeared on KopTalk. He was displaying the ticket he had when he arrived. He had come to Athens for the express purpose of selling it for profit and then ripping off LFC fans by touting however many other tickets he could buy and sell. It was part of a calculated plan that Duncan Oldham had announced several times on KopTalk.com He was cynically using the ITN show to advance that plan right under the noses of the producers, the presenter and the Chief Superintendant.
Oldham tried to gloss his intentions by saying that he and MacNeish were going to check the prices touts were charging, as a service for members of Koptalk. But there is no evidence that any of the members asked for this information and in any case MacNeish played a character on ITN who was looking for a ticket for himself, not as a service for others. And Oldham’s claim was inconsistent with his efforts to encourage LFC fans to turn up in Athens without tickets “to get drunk and soak up the atmosphere”.
By approaching ITN under false pretences and offering to assist its enquiries, MacNeish had several objectives that made a sham of the show and the Chief Superintendant’s message. MacNeish wanted to contribute to the buying panic by dramatizing the shortage of tickets and the demand for them . He wanted to let everyone see his face as someone who was in the market to buy tickets starting at £600. He wanted to talk up the price of tickets to a £1,000 or more. He wanted to promote Koptalk.com as a kind of clearing house for those who were in the market.
Steve MacNeish and Duncan Oldham of Koptalk.com should be held to account.
MacNeish was financed by Duncan Oldham, who also claimed to be there but who was actually in Spain dictating to MacNeish by internet message and telephone.
Neither of them have produced any photo or video or any other proof that they used their own tickets to go to the game – and that’s because they sold them. It was the profits from those sales that MacNeish laid on the table on TV. Could there be anything more cynical than that? We were watching a practiced liar and con man at work.
Postcript: Since writing the above I have received information that Oldham’s two season tickets (his and his estranged wife’s) were not successful in the LFC draw for tickets for the UEFA match and LFC did not sell them any tickets. I am following this up to see if his claim to shareholder rights was false. If Oldham-MacNeish did not get ticket(s) from LFC and sold what they had bought from third parties they have a lot of explaining to do).
Perhaps Helen Callaghan and the Executive Producer at ITN should also be sent a copy of this post. She has a lot to learn about checking the passport of over-willing informants and letting a ticket tout ply his trade on her camera.
I think a report to Chief Superintendant Dave Lewis would ensure at the very least that a file would be opened on Steve MacNeish, Duncan Oldham and KopTalk.com It would probably be better if the same information was forwarded to LFC. We know they already have it through the blog, but individual complaints help.
You might refer the police to the entire scope of Oldham’s and MacNeish manipulation of Koptalk members and other LFC fans which I have summarized in the blog post: How I ripped off the UEFA Final – Oldham of Koptalk HERE.
(Screen shots of Oldham drinking while driving in Wallsend in May from his own video).