1) What is your name?
2) How long have you been on Footstock, how did you hear about it and what is your Footstock related background?
I've been playing Footstock for around 6 months now, I heard about it through a work colleague who really sold it to me well as he knew about my love for football and inability to say no to a little flutter. I had previously heard of Football Index and did sign up a few years ago, but never fully got involved with it as I simply didn't have the time, money or knowledge. I was also very sceptical about dedicating my time to this type of platform, knowing how easy it can be to lose money very quickly with the addictive personality I have and knowing there are people who study football statistics religiously, it could be a bad combination!
I think everybody who's anybody in the football world has at one time or another had a go at dream team, whether that be the Sun or Sky, I am no different and am currently participating in the Sun Dream Team this year.
Ultimate team was also a big favourite of mine and If I'm honest I was no good at the market trading side of it whatsoever! Something I've tried to learn and put right with Footstock.
3) What is your portfolio size?
I have put in £500 so far and I feel that after initially throwing in £50 after £50 like a bull in a China shop I have slowed down my depositing and tried to buy small and often. If I were to sell up tomorrow I would recoup around £280.
4) What is your portfolio structure?
I am a West Ham fan and I have a lot of time for Jack Wilshere, I really rate him and at one point he was selling at around 10p so I bought 12-15 of him hoping he would recover injury and be a superstar for West Ham (yet to happen!). I own 10 Eric Dier and 8 Serge Aurier as I also rate them highly and can see a consistent run of form really pushing their price up.
5) What is your strategy?
Initially I wanted to target trading, buy low sell high. I mean isn't that everyone's plan? But after the first couple of weeks I changed my strategy to aim more about placing in tournaments and use my football knowledge and supposed Dream Team experience to select players to score highly and earn me prize money weekly.
6) What do you like about Footstock?
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what I like about Footstock and put it into words. I know many people who like a football bet, I know many people who like fantasy football, and I know an awful lot of people who like to make money! This is simply a perfect combination of all 3. It gives everybody a chance and allows you to fully enjoy the buzz no matter how much or little you wish to deposit.
For me a big positive is I finally have a platform to use my accumulated football knowledge, test my managerial ability and selection choices, and also have a gamble as well. Being relatively new to Footstock I can only comment about the last 6 months but I have seen such positive changes incorporating customer input into the daily structure of the game with new and regular tournaments. I'm excited to watch this snowball and hopefully become the largest game of its type. If I had to sell it to a friend I would start by saying it is as fun or as serious as you wish to make it.
You cannot forget that this is a form of gambling and of course the priority for every player is to earn money. But for me as an ex-regular in my local betting shops I can honestly say I have not stepped foot in a bookmakers since my first deposit to Footstock. It grabbed my attention from day 1 and has not relinquished it in the slightest since. I would comfortably place anywhere up to £100 per week on accumulators, forecasts or BTTS sheets and think nothing of it, however, now I feel that because an element of intelligence attention and savvy is required to succeed within Footstock I enjoy it 10 times more. (Plus the savings) the thrill and feeling of achievement when finishing in the money or a tournament far supersedes landing a 6 fold of favourites across Europe's top divisions in my eyes.
My long term plan is to continue developing my portfolio of players and have a core of players that I feel I can enter any tournament and compete. Whilst slowly recouping my deposits through tournament winnings.
7) Which players do you presently think are the best value and why?
As previously stated I'm a West Ham fan and without boring any non-irons I'm going to select 3 West Ham players I really feel are going to succeed in the football world and certainly be worth a few quid in the Footstock universe.
I've seen this lad play and I just got ‘that feeling’ watching him. One for the future definitely.
18 year old centre half who was highly rated on the continent. We’re not a selling club anymore right? So hopefully he shines through in years to come.
Mark my words. He will score goals in the premier league. Seen him a few times and his eye for goal is there.
8) What advice would you give a new trader?
If I had to advise a new starter I would say be patient and don't do what me and many others did! Don't throw money at the game and buy buy buy to start with. Get familiar with the game and learn your way around. Check the market regular and get a good idea of how much players go for and check the bids. No need to jump straight in. I would also work out your long term strategy beforehand and buy based upon that. Do you want to target beginners tournaments with lower star rated players or do you want to be a high roller and buy the big boys!
This will sound very hypocritical but the advice stands the test of time, BE CAREFUL WITH ROULETTE! it can be your best friend and your worst enemy within 2 spins. Know when you've earned and take a break while ahead, and know when you've lost and take a longer break!
Also, if possible, get 2 or 3 of your friends to join at the same time and set up a chat where you can discuss tactics. I'm in a social media group where we talk relentlessly and exclusively about Footstock. Knowledge shared will benefit your click of friends eventually. You don't have to do it all alone, and if you do, fair play I'm jealous!
9) What has been your best/favourite roulette win or swap?
I joined the previously mentioned social media group and my first comment was a screenshot of a Son Heung-min I won on roulette who was worth over £7 at the time, (my whole collection wasn't worth that much at the time) that one springs to mind as it was my first decent result.
10) What are you most looking forward to about Footstock?
I'm looking forward to the continued evolution of Footstock and hopefully for it to become a household recognised platform and something you and your mates can talk about in the pub. I work away often and I want to travel around the country and here people celebrating their tournament winnings. Hopefully it can be acknowledged as a fun, exciting game that brings people together. I hope it becomes as big, if not bigger than the whole fantasy football industry.