Today, we’re retiring the Never Captain Nicky Butt blog.
It’s been a remarkable five years where expression about the beautiful game was encouraged on a myriad of topics – most notably, of course, our love for The Fantasy Premier League. We’ve had a great run and hope you have enjoyed the blog and our little football community as much as we have.
In fact, our football community wasn’t so little after all…
Over 2.3 million fans of the beautiful game joined us on our journey the past five years – and while there are too many memorable moments to list in just one final blog post, we had an amazing time…
We made our living predicting and commenting about the Premier League’s best performers. Calling RVP the next Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009 was perhaps a bit early – he didn’t become the dominant Ronaldo-esque force until the past two seasons (2011-2012 and 2012-2013) but that’s the beauty of analysis and the beauty of a blog. To some, that’s a brilliant prediction – foreshadowing that the game’s next great would be RVP, “He remains the best future fantasy option in the game, in my opinion,” we wrote in February, 2009.
And while the Premier League headlines would be dominated by the likes of Drogba, Rooney, Lampard and even Darren Bent that season with RVP not even in the league’s top 10 in goals or assists, he would come good in the long term. You can look at that RVP prediction with a half empty glass – “you guys got it wrong in 2009.” Or you can look at it the way we prefer to, glass half full. “Wow, you called it. After Cristiano Ronaldo left for Madrid, RVP took over as the league’s best player and top performer. Well done.” That’s the beauty of personal opinion. The beauty of arguments. The beauty of a blog like Never Captain Nicky Butt.
Recognition was always nice, and it motivated us to improve and grow. In addition to being listed as a ‘Top Niche Website’ by SoccerLens, as well as a ‘Best Niche Website’ from A Football Report in their 2010 Website Awards, we were perhaps most excited with our inclusion in the ‘Top 25 Football Websites’ in The Telegraph in 2009.
We loved alliteration. It’s certainly a juvenile literary device, but we didn’t mind that too much. When writing about the best Dutch players in the Premier League we titled our 2011 post ‘The Flying V’s – Van Persie, Van der Vaart and Vorm.’ We often spoke about what was in ‘Butt’s Brain,’ of course, and our ‘Funny Feeling Fridays,’ really brought out our most ardent supporters and biggest critics…
We’ve enjoyed the past five years. But as beautiful as the sun shines, it always sets. While we’re retiring this blog, we look forward to continuing to engage with you all about the beautiful game from time to time on the blog’s Twitter account – @NickyButtBlog.
Good luck to all Fantasy Premier League managers this season. We wish you the best.