New look KopTalk, same old bullshit

The scrolling headlines on the new KopTalk front page make it look much the same as it did back in 2003. Given the never ending decline in KopTalk’s fortunes, it’s a time Oldham must remember with a tear in his eye. Back then he could con LFC fans by the thousands. But nowadays we’re around to show people what lies behind those enticing front page headlines – reports widely available elsewhere for free, pathetic bullshit which Oldham has made up himself, and the occasional story stolen from The S*n.

If any of you have stumbled across this blog after visiting the new KopTalk free site, rest assured that we’ll reprint every single front page story here so you can make up your own minds whether they’re worth £30.

One of the many reasons KopTalk was kicked off NewsNow back in January was its relentless use of misleading headlines. It seems that old habits die hard…


Reds star in trouble

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03/11/07 12:40 PM Reds star in trouble
KopTalk Team Administrator
Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has upset the people of Gillingham, Kent by branding them ‘hillbillies’ in his book ‘Walking Tall : My Story’.
Crouch was referring to an incident when Gillingham fans called him a ‘freak’ while playing for QPR. He wrote: “They should look at themselves… hillbillies in Deliverance.”
Local MP Paul Clark said: “It is not nice to read this. Personal insults I do not condone.”

This story was originally reported by The Guardian on October 26. But on Saturday it was rehashed by one newspaper – Oldham’s favourite rag, The S*n. The paper his scam site still carries adverts for, the one he has admitted to having delivered daily and the one he has taken stories from for years. This is from Google News:

« View all web results for gillingham crouch book

Crouch blasts hillbilly fans
The Sun, UK – 11 hours ago
He wrote: “If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Gillingham, I hope that puts you in the picture.” But the book has sparked outrage in the town. …
Crouch clambers on to high horse to take a tilt at Gillingham

Guardian Unlimited, UK – 26 Oct 2007
Of course, Crouch didn’t actually write the book. It was ghosted by the Independent’s Sam Wallace, and you do wonder how such curiously contentious passages…

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And here are the other stories which would have disappointed you if you had been duped into paying Duncan Oldham £30:

Boss urged to make Kop swoop

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03/11/07 10:37 AM Boss urged to make Kop swoop
KopTalk Team Administrator
Ashley Young is urging his manager Martin O’Neill to raid Anfield for Peter Crouch.
The Liverpool hitman is tipped to make the move to Villa Park either in January or at the end of the season, depending on how Rafa fairs in the transfer market in terms of a replacement.
Young said: “I’d love to see him here because he’s such a clever player.
“He’s gangly and awkward-looking but he’s got incredible feet and he knows where the goal is.
“It seems to be only talk but if he came here in the January transfer window it would be great because you can never have too many good strikers.
“We’ve got quick players like Gabriel Agbonlahor and Luke Moore but Crouchy is something different again.”

(as reported on NewsNow by The Mirror, Setanta, Premiership Latest and others)

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I hated training at Melwood admits defender

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03/11/07 10:18 AM I hated training at Melwood admits defender
KopTalk Team Administrator
Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock has confessed that he hated training at Melwood because he knew that no matter how hard he worked he wouldn’t get a game.
Warnock comes face-to-face with his former employers today feeling fresh and excited with his new life at Blackburn. He holds a lot of respect for Rafa Benitez and his former team-mates but he admits he had to leave to progress his career.
Steve said: “I’m delighted because I am playing a lot of games, which is what I really wanted.
“For me, being a professional footballer is about playing games, not sitting in the background watching other people play and being part of the squad.
“I was fed up being a guinea pig in training sessions. I wanted to be the one that goes out and plays matches.
“I look forward to training every day whereas at Liverpool I went stale because I knew I wasn’t going to get anything at the end of the week.
“I didn’t want to be at Liverpool and say I was part of a squad that won the European Cup. I don’t want people asking me how many times I played and answering that I didn’t play any.”
His manager Mark Hughes added: “It’ll be a big day for Stephen. He had a frustrating time there and I don’t think they were that keen on him leaving.
“He has been a credit to himself and a bargain for the amount that we paid for him.”

(as reported on NewsNow by The Times, Tribal Football and others)

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Benitez watches striker

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02/11/07 06:47 PM Benitez watches striker
KopTalk Team Administrator
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez had Spanish legend Raul watched earlier this week.
The Real Madrid skipper was on target against Valencia during Wednesday’s 5-1 rout at the Mestalla taking this season’s tally to 7 goals in 12 starts for Real.
Real sporting director Predrag Mijatovic confirmed today that he is aware of interest from England but refused to name any specific club.
Mijatovic said: “Raul is our captain so it doesn’t surprise us that a big club in England is looking at him. But he is not for sale and we we hope that he will be here for more seasons to come.”
Although aware of Raul’s pedigree, Rafa wants to know if he’s still got enough in the tank. The 30-year-old is under contract until 2012 but sources close to him have suggested he would like a stab at the Premiership.
It’s worth noting that Valencia’s David Villa and David Silva are players that Rafa is also very keen on. Silva signed a seven-year contract at Valencia only this summer but there are rumours he could be on his way following the exit of coach Quique Sanchez Flores who was sacked following Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Sevilla.

(Oldham adds his own bullshit to a report which had no direct connection to LFC)

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More scans for midfielder

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02/11/07 10:50 AM More scans for midfielder
KopTalk Team Administrator
Rafa Benitez says he won’t be rushing Xabi Alonso back into action.
Additional scan results are due in later today but the boss has made it clear than when Alonso starts to make progress he won’t be brought back early.
Rafa said: “We are still looking at scans over Alonso, but it looks promising.
“But at the moment he cannot run, and I don’t like seeing players just walking. We must be careful.
“He picked up another injury just when we were expecting him to be able to get back to his best. This time we must make sure that we have him back and fit for a long time. We want him for more than one or two games.”

(as reported everywhere)

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Barcelona target starlet

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30/10/07 09:26 AM Liverpool and Barcelona battle it out for confirmed target
KopTalk Team Administrator
Barcelona have entered the race to sign Hamilton youngster James McCarthy.
The 16-year-old has already enjoyed an invitational visit at Melwood with Rafa Benitez extremely keen to land him.

(as reported on NewsNow by The Daily Record, The People, Sky Sports, Tribal Football and Goal.com)

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Reds in £20 million transfer link

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29/10/07 10:33 AM Liverpool linked with £20million hitman
KopTalk Team Administrator
Liverpool have been linked with a possible move for Lazio striker Goran Pandev.
The 24-year-old Macedonian has been heavily linked with Arsenal and Bayern Munich with the Germans reportedly prepared to pay up to £20million for his signature.
Pandev has scored 31 goals in 77 appearance for Lazio and has 12 from 35 for Macedonia where he is regarded as their best player of all time.

(as reported on NewsNow by Sky Sports, Tribal Football, Football365, Square Football and others)

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Benitez keen on Premier League striker

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28/10/07 11:55 AM Benitez linked with striker
KopTalk Team Administrator
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly keeping an eye on Sunderland hitman Kenwyne Jones.
The 23-year-old has scored 4 in 7 so far this term and if you believe the reports, the boss is prepared to pay up to £12million for him.
Dismiss for now but keep an eye on his progress.

(as reported on NewsNow by The People, Square Football, Tribal Football and Square Football)

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Parry lining up Premier midfielder talks

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21/10/07 11:12 AM Midfield ace to snub Barcelona and sign Liverpool deal
KopTalk Team Administrator
Javier Mascherano has pledged to ignore the advances of Barcelona and sign a new deal with the Reds.
The highly-rated midfield ace is free to negotiate a summer free transfer with other clubs from January 1st but KopTalk sources last week told us that the player’s representatives are due to meet with chief executive Rick Parry within the next 10 days.
Mascherano is happy at Anfield and has indicated that he would to stay at the club and providing the board offer him a decent deal, he won’t walk out on us for Barcelona or anyone else.
Providing an update about his situation, Jim said: “Right now I am only thinking about playing football well with Liverpool. I feel good here.
“My objective is to improve my contract and that is what I am working for.
“Benitez got me out of West Ham and trusted in me.”

(Oldham added a little of his own bullshit to reports carried by Tribal Football, Clubcall, Setanta, Metro, Football365, Daily Mail, Sporting Life, BBC, Daily Post and Vital Football)

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Other headlines have included the earth-shattering “Torres out for 3 weeks” and “Confirmed squad for Rovers”. Well worth £30.

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