Making money off the back of the death of a football fan has to be a new low. I’ve certainly never encountered anything quite like it before.
Spurs Odyssey – more commonly known as Spurs Odious – has a very strange way of cherishing the memory of a so called friend of the site.
Joe Osbourne was a young Spurs fan and contributor to Spurs Odyssey who passed way too soon in March of 2015. It’s not unusual for an online community to be effected by such an event and it’s aways nice to see people who don’t know each other in a conventional sense pull together.
The Joe Osbourne Pledges work on a straightforward basis, it’s a £10 to participate and then you make a pledge – say £5 for every goal a certain player scores or whatever.
But only 60% of the cash raised went to charity in Joe’s memory.
Is it really normal for the site owner to cream off 40% of monies raised for himself?
The Pledge Thread has since been re-badged, as is acknowledged in this post that wasn’t deleted.
£2042 has been raised over the last 3 seasons alone and with the site’s self proclaimed ‘webmaster’ Paul Smith trousering 40% of the take.
That’s a whopping £816.18 of free money that’s gone straight in Mr Smith’s direction – for doing nothing more than providing a thread on his rather antiquated forum.
For such outdated site with so little traffic which is absolutely blitzed with advertising, it’s a stretch to believe that the operating costs are significant.
More to the point – if one is reduced to creaming money from a dead fan’s memorial fundraiser – maybe it’s time to just admit defeat and wind your website up?
I attempted to contact Mr Smith for a right of reply but he declined to comment.