Meet The Manager

Meet the Manager: SportStackRich

June 11, 2020


Meet the Manager: SportStackRich

In the Footstock Meet the Manager series, we profile some of the platform’s most active managers. Today’s manager under the spotlight likes to spread his investments – it’s SportStackRich.

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 joined Footstock at the end of April 2020, although I first heard about it when @footstockchat slid into the DMs in early 2020 (or was it @WorldCupDanB? 😉). When Footstock came to prominence during the lockdown season through virtual tournaments, coupled with the huge winnings on offer and recommendations from other well-respected players, I finally decided to give it a go. What a great decision that turned out to be and I hugely regret not joining earlier!

Footstock absolutely suits me given my background. I am a huge football and sports fan in general and played fantasy sports from my early teen years across multiple websites (FPL, Sky, Metro, Telegraph, etc.). The combination of playing FanTeam (fantasy football) and SportStack (trading) meant that Footstock was a natural fit for me. I also love the thrill of playing strategy games such as poker and trading the stock markets. Fun fact: the highlight of my fantasy career has to be winning the 2009 World T20 Cricket Fantasy competition with over 500k participants!

3) What is your collection size?

My collection value has recently been fluctuating around the £20k mark, with total deposits of £10k across my first few weeks.

4) What is your strategy?

As discussed in my previous article, I have tailored my strategies around the different revenue streams: trading and tournaments.

Given the early stages of the product life cycle, I believe there is room for huge growth in terms of users. This bodes well for capital appreciation, and I felt comfortable in investing big money across a wide range of players, especially promising youngsters. Also, I am always on the lookout for undervalued players using factors such as a temporary dip in form, injured players, change of playing style through a new manager, a good run of fixtures, likelihood of becoming a regular starter, etc.

Playing tournaments is a big part of my strategy as not only do I back my fantasy football skills, but I also want to derive as much value as possible from my player cards. I see it as earning dividends on my collection. So far I’ve had to settle for virtual tournaments, which I adapted to by learning about the Footstock virtual match engine, but I very much look forward to real football for that element of uncertainty, skill and edge. My strategy for building a winning team is to pick players with a good base, potential goal scorers and players on winning teams.

5) What is your collection structure?

My collection structure follows my strategies. First and foremost, I identified players that I would require for tournaments. Given the requirements in terms of positions, star categories, type and number of tournaments, it turns out that 70%+ of players were needed for tournaments in my opinion. I tend to hold 3–5 of these players to be able to enter various tournaments at the same time.

Of those 70%+ players, I topped up where I saw value in terms of capital appreciation and hold anywhere between 5–30 of this type of player. The rest of the players I have bought are either youngsters for long-term holds (biggest hold is 100), players likely to become inactive soon to make the most of the swap system, and the cheapest cards on the market in order to hit some rewards. I currently hold 95%+ of the market. Maybe we need a reward for holding 100% of market players before I go for it!

6) Which players do you presently think are the best value and why?

Callum Hudson-Odoi – Absolutely suits the matrix being a young winger with great output. I genuinely think he can be a legendary player within 12 months if given game time.

Bernardo Silva – Always a pleasure to watch him play and control the flow of a game. An all-round midfielder likely to replace the departing David Silva and part of a high scoring and winning Man City team.

Reece James – Simply a beast! I’m always impressed when I watch him play. Full of pace, power and seems very mature for his age. He will tick along well with the scoring matrix.

Dele Alli – Doesn’t have a great base but has a knack of bagging braces when he is on form. A potential tournament winner at sub £7.

Kelechi Iheanacho – Bit of a rogue shout but I think he will do well in the short term, given rotation is very likely for the rest of the season. With Leicester in Europe next year, I see him getting more game time and seems value at sub £3.

7) What advice would you give a new trader?

Read the rules properly, set your short-term and long-term goals and develop your strategies accordingly. Be patient, stick to the plan, stay disciplined, learn from your mistakes and continuously review your collection and approach to adapt to the dynamism of real-life football. Footstock can be quite the buzz and you can easily get carried away with roulette or buying packs, however, always take the rational approach. Think with your mind, not your heart!

8) What do you like about Footstock and what are you most looking forward to?

I have absolutely enjoyed my experience so far on Footstock. I love the multi-faceted nature of the platform and it is always a pleasure to interact with the community. The Footstock team is brilliant with their customer service and their constant will to listen to user feedback and innovate the platform. The £100k freeroll next year is very exciting, along with the Euros and at some point European leagues. I look forward to the growth in number of users and I see more booms on the horizon!

Please always gamble responsibly and never bet more than you can afford to lose.


Dan has been an avid Footstock user and ambassador since the IndieGoGo campaign. Having founded the official Slack group, as well as the popular Twitter handle @FootstockChat, Dan remains one of the most well-informed and engaged Footstock community members out there.