by Rupert Insider
We all know how Oldham squeezes the maximum claims from the the minimum evidence of any contact with LFC, however tenuous and remote. So why is he hiding the tape he says he made of his conversation with Tom Hicks in Dallas about his transfer budget, the stadium design, his views on Eto, the relative merits of buying youngsters or seasoned players, his plans for marketing, his damning views on Rick Parry’s competence, and his request that Oldham find the club a new CEO?
Such a tape would confound Oldham’s critics and for the first time in nine years prove that he really does have “Insider” information about LFC. No more reliance on the childish ploy of making it up while hiding behind pseudonyms like the Informer, Horse, Anfield Mole. In addition it would bring enormous publicity to his site and make him some decent money – his main objective in life.
The entire justification for the 4-person trip and its £7 ,000 to £10,000 cost was that he was checking-out the two new owners for his faithful cultees on Koptalk. That’s what the video camera was for. And he littered the internet with videos of him going and coming in airports and in taxis, playing on games machines and shopping, hanging around “prozzies” and lap-dancers , hugging his best friend Smoove in the street, visiting the set of “Dallas” – the TV soap opera and lingering on his close friend MacNeish.
But when it comes to the meat and potatoes of the month long junket – the meeting with Hicks – nothing.
We did get to see him calling at Hick’s offices after he had looked him up in the Yellow Pages, telephoned and asked for a photo opportunity. We saw him sitting in the waiting room, to be exact. We saw him walking forward for the photo opportunity. We have even seen the resulting photo. But when Hicks greeted him by asking, “What’s your name?” the video is cut. A few minutes later, according to the angle of the sun, Oldham was in the parking lot again, claiming he had just emerged from a two-hour meeting.
As eminent as Tom Hicks is, he is not royalty and he does have the common touch – evidenced by agreeing to see the stranger who arrived at his door uninvited “from Liverpool”. So why would he have forbidden a video record of the event?
In fact he didn’t. Nowhere does Oldham claim that. Today he says that the only reason he never showed the “clip” is that he decided it would not be right. He also added that the clip was not interesting enough for Koptalk. (Oh yes it is, the audience responds!)
That last remark has some truth to it – because apart from the alleged references to Parry and a new CEO and Eto – all recent additions not mentioned after the actual meeting – there was nothing reported by Oldham that Hicks had not already said in the media. Oldham could have learned it all from his usual sources, the Liverpool Echo, the LFC Official Site and the S*n.
Oldham knows how vulnerable overseas supporters are who are not familiar with the UK or even with Western culture and do not expect a site claiming to be run by a “die-hard Red” to lie for money. But the amazing thing is there are still a handful of supporters from the UK and Ireland who swallow whatever he tells them – at least for a time.
They believe him when he says the same about the missing videos of his being in Athens three weeks ago and attending the UEFA Final. He does not show those tapes because who wants to be reminded of a match we lost! Or the missing videos of his week long stay in Valencia last week – we know he took the camera – but we also know he used it in a part of Spain that’s not Valencia. And the missing videos or “tape” he said he had last September which could end “Lurch’s” – Peter Crouch’s career – with LFC. And the missing tapes or photos of him being in Cardiff and attending the Cup Final last year and in previous years. All tapes that he could not be bothered showing.
Yet he went to enormous trouble to travel 180 miles from Wallsend to Melwood last August to sit in his car all day in the street and have his gofer, MacNeish, stand on the wheelie bins next to the local kids to get shaky long distance shots over the wall of players training, and he used his own weight to knock aside the kid autograph hunters to shove his unwanted video cam in the face of the manager and players as they emerged from that session and from their hotel in La Manga. He spread those videos all over the net, too, hoping that they would give credence to his false claim to be a confidant of executives and players.
I don’t have to rely on the forensic evidence of the angle of the sun’s rays and so on, because I contacted Tom Hicks’ office who told me that Oldham’s version of how he got into the office and what went on there is a pack of lies. I don’t have a tape – but what I did can be done by anyone who cares to check. I provided a clue to the telephone number in Dallas. HERE Anyone can access Dallas Yellow pages on the net and Tom Hicks Holdings. Give him a call and ask Tom Hicks or his staff – its not Buckingham Palace.
So here are a few screen shots today – more hard evidence of Oldham’s fraud that he sells “Insider” information.
He’s never been inside Melwood or anywhere at the club – except the public areas – and he stopped going to them years ago when he found out how much money he could make illegally selling his and his wife’s season tickets – but he spoon feeds his cultees information about how and where medicals of incoming players are conducted in that cloak and dagger manner he and they love.
And he reappears as the Informer today with news that Torres’s agent in town. One thing you can say about the Informer he can read. Yesterday Guillem Ballague reported that Torres was LFC’s top target. Today the Liverpool Echo says the same. The media is full of an impending Torres deal with some reporting that LFC officials having travelled to Atletico Madrid.
And when someone pops up to defend Rick Parry, who Oldham calls a “muppet” who runs LFC “like a Joke” and who he wants removed because he ignores Oldham and won’t let him near the club – he cries crocodile tears and gives him the back- handed compliment that he hopes some role can be found for him at the club.
Its amazing that a guy in Wallsend – a well-known internet fraudster- with no friends save his Ma, vulnerable kids and teenagers , can keep such close tabs on the movers and shakers. Even more amazing that a few people buy the garbage.