Some of you may have noticed that I have not been posting many articles recently. To explain why, we have to travel back in time a little bit. In fact we have to go back to the last millennium...
Two days after I arrived at The University of Bolton (or Bolton Institute, as it was then known) Ricardo Gardner scored his second goal in a week and Bolton Wanderers defeated Nottingham Forest 3-2 at The Reebok Stadium. That was the same week that Colin Todd's tenure as manager ended. I didn't know a whole lot about football at that time (some readers may think that is still the case), but I decided very quickly that I wanted to learn.
Big Sam Allardyce arrived in Bolton about a month after I did and took over as manager. A few months later, a 17-year-old midfielder named Kevin Nolan made his professional debut. That team reached the FA Cup semi-finals, the Worthington Cup semi-finals, and the Nationwide League Division One playoffs. Young Eidur Gudjohnsen became a top class striker, and Gudni Bergsson wore the captain's armband. I loved that team. It was a few years later that I started my personal blog, and began writing about Bolton.
Eventually, my writing was noticed by the founders of this site, Mark Yesilevskiy and Matilda Hankinson, and they asked me to join them. Soon after, Bolton were relegated and Matilda left the site. It wasn't too long after that when Mark did the same, leaving me as the managing editor of The Lion of Vienna Suite on SB Nation. I had no idea how much work that would be, or how frustrating Bolton Wanderers Football Club would be, over the next few years.
It's been an adventure for me. I've made some new friends (and maybe a few enemies) along the way, and had my thoughts on soccer (or football, depending on your level of xenophobia) read by a much larger audience than I ever could have imagined. All good things must come to an end though, and it is time for me to move on. The great Chris Manning will be assuming the throne, and I am sure he will do a fine job.
I'd like to say thank you to the readers, it's been great banter, to SB Nation, who have been extremely supportive, to Mark and Mattie, for giving me a chance, and to the current writing staff, for doing a great job in another difficult season. I'll miss you guys.