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 is your all-time 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.
What makes you happy?
I like making others happy. That shit does it for me. Oh and my rescue dogs, Zöe, Francis and Remy.
Blue Monday by New Order.
Favourite TV show?
House of Cards (American version) followed by Only Fools and Horses.
What annoys you?
Flies! I fucking hate flies! Selfish people, liars and bullies.
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’ site in the world to offer an optional paid-for membership and this was a very controversial move at the time. Many years later the same people who said this was a con, now charge for access to their websites and/or accept donations. Their 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. It got so bad that even the police became involved when they started involving my young children.
While their campaign against me was initially very upsetting and strange, today I’ve realised that it just comes with the territory and from 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, unlike those faceless cowards. If you read anything negative about me I guarantee it will originate from other Liverpool FC-related websites and/or accounts. It’s a bit blatantly obvious as to why that is.
I was in my twenties when I started, KopTalk, I’m now approaching my fifties. More than two decades on, I’ve realised with age and experience, that I should never have responded to their jealousy. However, their hate and lies inspired me and I am grateful to them for that as they really helped me push on.
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 website that was started as a hobby in a small 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! I love meeting people who watch my KopTalk.TV videos!
The best thing about KopTalk is the people who offer love and support. We have talked about the haters but they 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 more than two decades. There is a lot more love than there is hate.
Do you have any interests away from football?
Yes, I like to watch and follow high-profile criminal trials in the U.S. I also have an interest in U.S. and U.K. politics. I love watching films that are based on true stories and I enjoy reality TV series such as 24 Hours in Police Custody; without a doubt that’s my favourite watch these days.