After months of being KopTalk’s absentee landlord, Duncan Oldham has finally returned to what he does worst – cranking out bullshit by the tonne. Maybe he’s so thick that he thought we’d stop keeping an eye on him if he went a couple of weeks without telling any outrageous lies. It’s much more likely that he’s been spending his time desperately trying to find alternative sources of income in his new home of Alicante, Spain. But it now seems he’s back to his old, deluded self – fantasising about insider contacts, rewriting history and generally making a complete arse of himself.
First he proved once again that his claims of sources within the Hicks camp are yet another figment of his imagination – he knew nothing about the Roma link, or the consequent denial, until the story appeared on the news wires. But he didn’t let that stop him putting these headlines on his front page:
Roma informed of possible approach
12/11/07 Roma informed of possible investment approach
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AS Roma today confirmed that they have been informed by a third party of possible interest from an unnamed U.S. investor believed to be Tom Hicks.
Although there has been no official approach or confirmation that Hicks is behind the agents, Italy’s Corriere Economia has run a report suggesting such.
AS Roma Shareholder Italpetroli claims to have received no approach from Hicks at this time.
As first reported on NewsNow nine hours earlier by Goal.com
Reds owner responds to speculation
12/11/07 Reds chief responds to speculation
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Claims that Liverpool FC co-chairman Tom Hicks is considering investing in AS Roma have been denied by his camp.
UEFA regulations prohibit an individual from having a majority shareholding in more than one football club competing in the same competition.
Spokesman Roy Winnick said: “There is absolutely no truth whatsoever in the rumour that Mr Hicks is even considering investing in Roma Football Club.”
As reported on NewsNow by the Evening Echo, Sky Sports, Team Talk, Football365, FOXSports, Setanta, the Daily Post, The Scotsman, Goal.com, Tribal Football, Channel 4, Reuters, Ireland.com and others
This blog has demonstrated that Oldham had no advance knowledge of any of the major developments during the past three transfer windows. So you would think he’d now be feeling a little foolish about his false claims of having insider contacts within the club. But no, he’s still trotting out the same tired old lies:
13/11/07 04:37 PM Re: Dunk Steve and Koptalk [Re: kev_agent151]
I think we’ve lost 2 sources since the Ged days but then we gained some new ones, people who don’t post on here.
Contributors come and go, some change their names, some bugger off.
I wanted to change the way the site focused on things which is why we merged the Insider & Gold Club, I wanted to attract a more mature audience who could be more realistic and not say things like “He’s great in Championship manager”.
We have a much bigger network today, especially in high places but sometimes they only want to speak when they can use you. I guess it works both ways but I never like to poke around asking questions. If someone wants to tell you something they tell.
And maybe he can tell us why KopTalk members learnt about the main developments in the investment saga from other free LFC sites and NewsNow, and why KopTalk members heard about the Riise/Bellamy bust-up from Norwegian members who had seen the reports in the Norwegian media?
KopTalk did once have members with genuine insider contacts – but the last of them left a long time ago. Oldham knows no more than anyone else who checks out NewsNow a few times a day. And the only “exclusives” KopTalk members will ever read are either stories stolen from the S*n or bullshit reports made up by Oldham himself.
Or arrogant, deceitful crap like this:
13/11/07 05:35 PM Re: COMMENT: I don’t believe Parry [Re: farhad1985]
I’ve been doing this lark (before a website a mailing list) for 10 years and I’ve always had the same style. It works for me and people know how I tick. If people can’t take some criticism on the chin, they should be on one of the LFC sites run by teenagers or one where you pat each other on the back all day where they just nod. No offence but I won’t be changing my style 🙂
You haven’t been doing this for ten years, Oldham. Ten years ago, you were in the midst of your first internet scam, selling non-existent pirated Sky cards on Usenet forums. It was only when you were rumbled that you settled on Liverpool FC as the target of your next con.
We don’t know of any LFC forums run by teenagers – except for Koptalk. On KopTalk, members are told what to do by a 14-year-old Leeds fan (KT’s newest moderator, Seadog) and a bored teenage girl who knows nothing about football (Katie, who was unaware until recently that David Beckham had moved to LA Galaxy). If you log on late at night, your posts will be vetted by an American who also knows nothing about “soccer”. And when you’ve finally had enough and want your money back, Oldham will hide behind his teenage partner in crime, Steve – who Oldham has groomed for his role on Koptalk since Steve was ten years old.
And the cardinal rule of KopTalk is that all members must “just nod” when Oldham is spewing out his bullshit – if anyone dares to point out that he’s lying, they’ll find themselves banned.
While posing as a fearless defender of Chris Bascombe in his latest editorial, Oldham couldn’t resist one of his favourite dirty tricks – trying to rewrite history. Whatever people’s opinions about Bascombe’s recent NotW articles, we still feel it’s right to set the record straight:
“The last person in the world who wants or needs my support is hack Chris Bascombe. I don’t think he’s the kind of guy who would send me a Christmas card after he thought I accused him of toeing-the-line on Liverpool FC issues many years ago. It upset the lad and he let me know. The toys were coming out of the pram at an amazing rate.. it was like a visit to The Early Learning Centre. I took it one of my chins though and the rest is history. I didn’t lose any sleep over it and I naturally continued to read his work. I’m not one of these narrow minded people that holds a grudge with anyone.”
The truth is very different – the two did not fall out over Bascombe “toeing-the-line on Liverpool FC issues” but over Oldham’s concerted smear campaign against Robbie Fowler. And it was Oldham, not Bascombe, who threw his toys out of the pram.
In the early days of KopTalk, Oldham liked to insinuate that he was in close contact with Bascombe. By October 2001, Oldham’s anti-Fowler crusade was at its peak. Oldham claimed that Fowler had missed training because he was hungover. Shortly afterwards, Bascombe wrote the following in the Echo:
“Robbie only has to breathe these days and someone, somewhere is writing about him. This week when Robbie wasn’t even playing we saw another example of how, more than any other player, he is the target of rumour.
I was sent an article in by a reader which appeared on an unofficial website, which I won’t name because it doesn’t deserve the free ad it probably wants (ok I will. Apparently it’s called Koptalk or Kopchat or something like that). They wrote an outrageous lie which dared to suggest that Robbie’s absence on Tuesday wasn¹t because he was ill.
As Robbie explained, ‘I woke up on Tuesday and felt really lousy and light-headed. I was about to come into training in the afternoon and I called the doc. The doctor came around to my house examined me and told me to go back to bed.'”
Not the for the last time, Bascombe felt a responsibility to set the record straight. Nobody could construe this as the toys “coming out of the pram”. Bascombe’s clear intention was to stop a smear campaign against an Anfield legend.
From that point onwards, Oldham began to display a petty, vindictive attitude towards Bascombe, taking swipes at him whenever the opportunity arose. Even worse, although Oldham continued to copy and paste Bascombe’s articles wholesale onto his site, he no longer gave Chris credit for his own work, instead making vague references to the “local media” and trying to pass them off as his own.
So when Oldham says that he “naturally continued to read his work”, what he really means is that he went on to steal Bascombe’s articles on an almost daily basis in order to settle a petty score.
And if Oldham wants people to believe that he “didn’t lose any sleep over it”, why is he still lying about the incident six years on?
But he still wasn’t quite finished:
13/11/07 04:08 PM Re: It was all nonsense [Re: Dave69]
Originally Posted By: Dave69 – “Dunk, Its just Bascombe has to write these articles otherwise he would probably lose his job.”
I don’t accept that. If you knew him you would know his credibility is important to him. I can’t believe people think he would make something up like this.
Oldham, you don’t know Bascombe at all – when the blog contacted Chris last year, his first words were: “Koptalk? Is that still around? I thought it was closed down years ago”.
Finally, here are the latest KopTalk headlines:
Parry wheeled out
13/11/07 Parry wheeled out
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Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has been forced to come out to deny that there is any friction at Anfield between George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
Credible reports at the weekend suggested the Gillett is unhappy with the refinancing plans that would leave the club heavily in debt and that he didn’t want to go back on promises that he had personally made.
Speaking today, Parry said: “I’ve just spent a couple of days with Tom and George and both of them were in good spirits working hard together on future plans for the club.
“I wouldn’t normally comment on these things, but on the basis of what I’ve just seen, a story in one of the Sunday papers claiming there was some sort of problem between the two couldn’t be wider of the mark. In fact, it’s absolute nonsense.”
As reported everywhere
Premiership duo want striker
13/11/07 Premiership duo want striker
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Manchester City and West Ham are interested in signing former Reds striker Djibril Cisse.
It is claimed that both sides will launch January bids for the French hitman who now plays for Marseille.
A misleading headline and not strictly speaking a Liverpool story – but still reported on NewsNow by The Mirror, Anfield Banter and Vital Football
Reds miss out on starlet
13/11/07 Reds miss out on starlet – reports
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Reports today claim that Hamburg have beaten Liverpool to Nigerian Macauley Chrisantus.
The 17-year-old striker – who has been watched by our scouts before – has reportedly agreed to join the German outfit.
It’s claimed that Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid were all interested him… but he signed for Hamburg? Yeh ok then…
As reported on NewsNow by SkySports