Meet the Manager: Noely
In the Footstock Meet the Manager series, we profile some of the platform’s most active managers. Today’s manager under the spotlight is Footstock stalwart Noely.
1) What is your name?
I’m @FS_Noely on Twitter, noely in the Footstock Slack chat and noel in Footstock tournaments, but intriguingly (or not), Noel isn’t actually my real name.
2) How long have you been on Footstock, how did you hear about it and what is your Footstock-related background?
I was one of the early backers in the Indiegogo campaign, and I heard about it via fellow Footstocker Danilo, who I had previously discussed Football Index with. I had been on FI for a little over a year but was losing a bit of interest in it at the time, so Footstock coming along with a (for me) more engaging product was great timing! Initially I was sceptical so I sent an email to Till, one of the owners, and his response (even including a video call to discuss suggested improvements) really impressed me and encouraged me to put a fairly big investment into Footstock even before the product launched.
3) What is your portfolio size?
As I write I have around 2,350 cards and a collection value of around 9k, which is a healthy (paper) profit on my deposits of just under £2,000. But I’ll probably put more in soon as I still see plenty of value on the market!
4) What is your portfolio structure?
I would say I have a pretty mixed collection. I just discovered last night that I actually have at least one of every active card, but no more than 10 or 11 of anyone. Obviously that’s quite a few, but I’ve seen other people who have bought particular players by the dozen or even hundred, and I’ve never focused in that way. I like to have 5 or 6 of the top players because I tend to enter teams in most tournaments and therefore use quite a few at once.
The players I am into double figures on are generally younger talents who I’ve either stocked up on deliberately or have picked up on single roulette because their stats aren’t too great (yet) and kept because I think they have a bright future.
5) What is your strategy?
I am very much a tournament man. The idea of DFS-style tournaments but using a collection you own and select from is what attracted me to Footstock in the first place and is what keeps me most engaged now. There is a lot of potential to make money trading the market, but I just find it hard to let anyone go once I have them!
I’ve sold approximately 20 cards in total in my time on Footstock, so that’s fewer than two a month! Having said that, tournaments are becoming increasingly competitive I find, so I either need to improve my selection strategy or branch out into market trading if I want to keep my balance looking healthy!
6) What do you like about Footstock?
Well I’ve mentioned above what most attracts me to the product, so I’ll use this as an opportunity to praise the other things that make it great. From the start I’ve been blown away by the interaction and responsiveness from the people at the top of the company. From chatting to the creators pre-launch, to Oliver checking in and helping out on the Slack everyday, all the way to James reaching out to get me involved with the blog once he found out I did proofreading and copywriting as my day job – I only have good things to say about the management and customer service. I can probably count the number of companies I can say that about on one thumb. Long may it continue!
Then of course there is the great, positive community on Twitter and especially Slack. But I think that all ties together: things like the wish list channel that actually gets not only a response but actual quick implementation of good ideas by the owners give the users every reason to be happy, friendly and welcoming!
7) Which players do you presently think are the best value and why?
This question seemed a bit easier when I first agreed to do this MtM a few weeks ago! Obviously we have seen some big increases in prices, but I do genuinely feel there is a heck of a lot of value out there. No particular categorisation to these, but here’s three I can see being useful and profitable over the coming months and years:
Dwight McNeil (cards owned: 6)
Current buy price: £9.50*
Always one of my favourite picks. When there were single-match tournaments (which might return one day?) he was basically ever-present in my lineups for Burnley games. And even in multi-game tournaments, he’s an extremely consistent performer, with the ability to get the goals and assists that really take scores to the next level.
Andrew Robertson (7)
Current buy price: £9.77
I think defenders have been a bit left behind in recent price rises because the virtuals have been such goalfests, but regular football will return at some point, and back in those days I would often use both Liverpool full backs in a team. Trent is the better option overall, but Robbo is now less than a tenth of his buy price – I’d expect that gap to narrow once real football is back, at the latest.
Morgan Gibbs-White (10)
Current buy price: £1.59
Bit more punty this one, but MGW is one of those youngsters I mentioned earlier who I’ve really liked when I’ve seen him play. If he can stay injury-free for a while he could really blossom in a great Wolves team, so I’ve stocked up on the cheap. To me he still looks decent value for those who like a bit of a youth gamble though!
8) What advice would you give a new trader?
The biggest thing is to take your time and get to grips with the platform and how it works before you spend too much money! The Slack chat is obviously an amazing place for asking questions. But unfortunately you do see people coming on there when it’s already a bit late, having blown their £100 budget on one big pack leaving them without the cards they need for some Beginner tournaments to properly find their feet. Hopefully as Footstock grows and the introductory material gets better and better, that will become less common.
9) What has been your best/favourite roulette win or swap?
Thanks to the handy transaction filters I’ve now been able to hunt down a few old favourites: winning a De Bruyne with Jefferson Lerma back in the day, and the time Deulofeu won me two Salahs within one day’s five spins have to be up there!
10) What are you most looking forward to about Footstock?
I absolutely love international tournaments anyway, so I was buzzing for Euro 2020 on Footstock! Obviously it was essential for it to be postponed under the circumstances, but I’m really looking forward for summer 2021 to come around to see what Footstock pull out of the bag!
* Prices correct at time of writing