Below are a number of questions I am often asked along with a couple that you have submitted. I hope you find them of interest 🙂
Who knows best?
What a stupid answer. I do. Obviously ?
Who is your favourite LFC player and non-LFC player?
John Barnes and Paul Gascoigne. Barnes was amazing. I love wingers and flair players. That’s why he gets the nod. Meeting him was a 15-year-old boy was a dream come true. As for Gazza, his goal for England against Scotland remains my favourite goal ever.
Who is your current favourite LFC player?
Danny Ings! His attitude is determination is fantastic. This boy is old skool. He reminds me of how proud John Aldridge was to play for Liverpool.
What makes you happy?
Without a doubt, the one thing that makes me happy is making others happy. Be it giving a loved one a present and seeing them smile or be it a nice comment from a YouTube follower. That shit does it for me.
I’ve read some negative stuff about you on LFC websites/LFC accounts, what’s that all about?
My KopTalk® website was the first Liverpool FC fans’ website to offer an optional paid-for membership and this was a very controversial move. Many years later the same people who said this was a con now charge for access to their websites and/or accept donations. This lies about me started after we banned a large group of members from the KopTalk® members’ website in one day. My long-term members will verify this as they observed the drama. They set up a website “to rival KopTalk” and “to take KopTalk down”. They also started to blog about me, posting numerous lies while targeting my family. At one point the police became involved after they made an anonymous tip-off that I was going to kidnap my children. The police told me I was “obviously doing something right” and said that I should ignore them. While their campaign against me was upsetting and strange at first, today I’ve realised that it just comes with being successful. All of this started in the early 2000s, since then social media has been born. What I have learnt from that is that many others are also subjected to similar abuse, especially on Twitter. It has shown me that there are many anonymous and faceless people out there that want to hurt others. I was just one of the first to get it in the neck! I use my real name and my real address. I am accountable. I do not have a criminal record. Anyone who knows me personally will tell you I’m a gentleman, albeit a cheeky one! If you’re that gullible that you believe some faceless and scurrilous lies on the internet thrown around by my rivals then I think that says more about who you are than who I am. The only place you’ll read anything negative about me is on other Liverpool FC-related websites and accounts. It’s a bit blatantly obvious as to why that is don’t you think? Fortunately, intelligent people know the answer. Those that bring up the regurgitated nonsense usually do so because they don’t like my no-nonsense approach on the KopTalk website or because they bear a grudge offline for some silly reason.
Why not take action against them?
To be honest, this shit surfaced back in the early 2000s and let’s be honest such people usually don’t have anything to compensate you with. It’s also pretty costly and time-consuming. They also tend to hide behind fake aliases. You can’t silence people on the internet. You can try but this only encourages them to do more and if you have their accounts suspended they merely surface a few minutes later elsewhere with more determination. I’m sure if I tried to silence such people they’d say I had something to hide. Let them show their envy, I’m alright with that. It motivated the hell out of me back in the day. It’s when it stops that I’ll worry as I know this means I’m no longer important and I’m failing. I can honestly say that receiving this attention from the people we have turned away from KopTalk® and from those associated to other LFC-related websites simply made me more determined to succeed. I now live in an 8-bedroom villa on The Mediterranean, all paid for thanks in part to their efforts. I consider that a huge positive and I will be eternally grateful. Another rewarding outcome from this is that I have been able to support others who have endured online hate through my experiences. That too is very satisfying. So, if you ever get hated on online, by all means, reach out to me and I will give you my advice. The one bit of advice I would give to you is ‘Smile and never respond’. They want you to bite and my mistake was that I used to take the bait. Bite and that shows they got in your head and the more you bite, the more they’ll do it. Today, I’d handle it totally different but I’m a grandad now and I’m a lot more experienced. It really doesn’t matter what people say about you no matter how cruel. Your friends and your family know who you are so who cares what some numptie on the internet says about you?
What’s the best thing you have experienced with KopTalk?
Tommy Smith once invited me to a 1965 FA Cup winners reunion in Liverpool. To be sat on his table and to sing YNWA with so many legends at about 2 in the morning at the end of the night was incredible. I have been so fortunate to have met so many legends over the years. All from a football supporters’ website that was started as a hobby in my daughter’s bedroom.
Being stopped randomly in the street by people telling me that they follow my work makes me extremely proud. I have bumped into lads like those pictured, on my doorstep here in Spain in towns such as Benidorm and Valencia, when back in the UK in the cities of Liverpool, Leeds and London, and further afar in countries such as Malta, America and Thailand! These are the only people I’m bothered about!
The best thing about KopTalk® is the people who offer love and support. We have talked a lot of about the haters but these really are a small percentage compared to the hundreds of thousands of Liverpool fans who support me all year round and who have done so for almost two decades. There is a lot more love than there is hate.
Blue Monday by New Order
I want to launch a website/blog about football, can you help?
Not really because I have little time as it is. However, I am planning to do something like this in the future. I’d like to help young people get their voice out there. If I ever find the time, I will do a video series or book about this. However, it takes me about 10 years to write a book, so it’s unlikely to ever happen!