Help cuff Steve MacNeish

by Rupert Insider

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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.

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(Screen shots of Oldham drinking while driving in Wallsend in May from his own video).

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33 Responses to “Help cuff Steve MacNeish”

  1. Raftastic Says:

    You managed to find the video then Rupert,i think fatty must have forgotten about Steve being on the news when he made hisd claim about them getting to the greound early.

  2. rupertinsider Says:

    But someone should copy this one. I’ve downloaded the programme recommended by Oldham on his site. I’ve got the exe but when i click Open it does a little turn and comes back to that. Actually that is happening on a few exe programmes that download on IE. My default is Mozilla Firefox.

    Also I was looking for the other video – the one of the Easy Jet flight with Charlotte and Katie and the house in “Malta”.

  3. rupertinsider Says:

    No more updates on the Spanish adventure for a bit.

    Es mejor dejar cocinar el guisado

  4. Yorkie Says:

    This might do the trick for ya.. free demo and all…

    http://www.applian.com/replay-media-catcher/index_youtube.php?src=VideoDownload

  5. Flagpole Corner Says:

    in town tomorrow so can probably drop down to their hq when i’m there. won’t have anythin to hand when i go, what evidence wil he need to look at?

  6. rupertinsider Says:

    He can look at the time dated blog photo of MacNeish with a ticket and his statements the next day on ITN that he arrived without one. Let MacNeish explain whose ticket it was and where it went to and how he harmonises his various statements. They are suspicious.

    Its easier to report by telephone or email. Also you have a record of your report and any response. Ask for directions on the telephone number I gave. You really want an email addy for the special football unit under that chf super.

    I cant’ do it because Im not in the UK.

  7. lfc_michael Says:

    The video’s been captured for posterity, so no need to worry about that any more.

  8. Quadrachin Rayban O'Bese Says:

    You can download the video directly from here:

    [video src="http://liveu-48.vo.llnwd.net/livevideo/video/flash7/19/45319/228048.flv" /]

  9. Aaandy Says:

    Rupet

    Put your Spanish quote into an on-line translator and it came back with:
    “Her better than we leave to fashion at the cook”
    I take it this is not totally accurate.

  10. rupertinsider Says:

    Aaandy

    Ive changed it a bit now. See what happens

  11. Koptalk Outsider Says:

    It is better to leave to cook the stew

  12. rupertinsider Says:

    We also have the video of the trip to the new KT HQ in “Malta”

  13. lfc_michael Says:

    Have you got it captured?

  14. Tubby Says:

    A stew cooks better when left alone?

  15. smithy Says:

    Were Starsailor singing about young Steve when they wrote ” Poor Misguided Fool” ?

  16. sh#t waffle Says:

    Nah, i’m pretty sure it was autobiographical. Though they should have called it ‘Tuneless Knobheads’.

  17. rupertinsider Says:

    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).

  18. carragold Says:

    well done Rupert! i am former koptalk member and you opened my eyes, so please keep doing the great work! i really hope koptalk will disappear as soon as possible!!!

  19. Turnkey Charlie Says:

    Insider, is it possible to prosecute McNeish if he is under 18? I’m sure there must be loopholes which is why Oldham uses him as his gopher?

  20. rupertinsider Says:

    I don’t think being under 18 exempts you from the law although it may mean a lesser punishment: if MacNeish’s defence is that he was only following orders, or if that becomes apparent to the police, then the person giving the orders is culpable.

  21. raftastic Says:

    Charlie the only benefit that bum-boy had from being under 18 is most MEN would feel a great deal of shame if the battering got into the local paper.
    When bum-boy turned 18 the rules changed. 🙂

  22. rupertinsider Says:

    I wonder if Oldham will be reactivating his michaelbarrymore.com domain as a result of today’s news.

  23. Insider Insider Says:

    TC: I don’t know if being under 18 would have exempted Steve from being prosecuted – but I know that if Dunk could pin everything on Steve it would mean Dunk could get away with any prosecution on himself. At least that’s how I imagine it went. Dunk avoided Athens to avoid any risk of violence against him from angry Reds sick of seeing a fat conman stealing from a disabled teenage Liverpool fan. Dunk sent Steve instead – less recognisable, but even so, Dunk wouldn’t feel any pain if Steve got beat up.

    I don’t condone violence against the pair, that’s not my style, but I can’t say it won’t happen either. People are angry.

    Rupert – I had the exact same thought when I saw the Barrymore story on the news earlier.

  24. Raftastic Says:

    I don’t condone violence against the pair, that’s not my style, but I can’t say it won’t happen either. People are angry.

    As the old saying goes Insider ‘If you lie with dogs,you wake up with fleas’ or in this case get a kicking when you turn 18 (i wonder if Bum-Boy will turn up at anfield again this coming season).
    As you have all pointes out Bum-Boy is just as culpable as the peado and as such should recieve equal treatment.

  25. Aaandy Says:

    Rupert

    I have to say I’m getting addicted to the blog – essential daily reading. OK I put your new Spanish quote through:

    “Is larger quit cook the fashion”

    I feel we are getting closer to the secret of this post?? I, for one, cannot wait to see this guy go down. Seldom has anyone deserved what’s coming to him more.

  26. Didihno Says:

    I’ve watched (in pain) most of those vids.
    Is there any way to send the one where he actually films himself drinking and driving to the Police?

    At the very least he is setting a poor example to his own members, most of whom can be assumed are young and impressionable.

  27. JackBauer Says:

    Didihno, how can you say that? His site is for “VIP mature members”, remember.

  28. Warren Says:

    Dunk isn’t that stupid, It actually states at the end that it wasn’t alcohol and I very much doubt that you’d get any interest from the police about it.

  29. rupertinsider Says:

    Warren

    It was alcohol – it was Woodpecker cider and he was drinking it while driving in the van.

    If you run the video again see how quickly he realises and says Steve should not be videoing him because he is drinking while driving – he hesitates then looks directly at the cam and shows some unease. His eyes are really beery at that point.

    The fact that he put the disclamer at the end shows he was still uneasy about it.

    He has publcily claimed to have a conviction for driving under the influence.

    Bottom line, the police probably would not be interested, but if the local police have pulled him over or if there have been complaints before, they might be interested.

    I think a far more “serious” charge would be driving without due care and attention, one hand on the wheel, mobile phone in other, pretending to talk to “Rafa” and then “Rick Parry” laughing very hard – and all of this an act aimed at the blog. Evidence of alcoholic intoxication or just addiction to the blog?

  30. lfc_michael Says:

    “If you run the video again see how quickly he realises and says Steve should not be videoing him because he is drinking while driving – he hesitates then looks directly at the cam and shows some unease. His eyes are really beery at that point.

    The fact that he put the disclamer at the end shows he was still uneasy about it.”

    Surely, if he felt the unease you say, he’d have edited that part out or not even released the video. Perhaps he was hoping the blog would get excited about it. Either that or he really is unbelievably stupid.

  31. rupertinsider Says:

    He actually says “I should not be drinking and driving” and when he looks at the camera it is not an act – he is hesitant about it.

    He put the disclaimer on as an insurance. But he loved the scene and was not going to take it out.

  32. Warren Says:

    Rupert,

    It was a Woodpecker tin, however there is no way to prove what was in that tin, he could’ve filled it with water for all we know.
    If the police became involved (which they wouldn’t) he would just claim that it wasn’t alcohol and point out the disclaimer.

    Its a very small point and I’m looking forward to the BIG news

  33. rupertinsider Says:

    I agree its a small point but jut for the hell of it I have attached a screen shot I made of the video with the can. I’ve added it to the above post.


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