Here at Mucky Duck, I wanted to create a blog about my two biggest passions in life: Newcastle FC and building! I’m a massive Newcastle fan and I have been before the creation of the Premier League. I have been following for so many years now that all the ups and downs that I have faced as a fan feel that more special this year. With Rafa in charge, it finally feels like the days of Shearer again. I feel like Newcastle FC is one of the greatest clubs in the world and we have been throughout history. We managed to keep a world class striker and one of England’s greatest ever players even though he deserved better.

I’m also a builder in Newcastle and I have been doing this since 1995. I have spent almost two and a half decades as a builder in the Newcastle area, and I feel I have become one of the best within the North. I didn’t want to just talk about Newcastle in this blog because there are so many other blogs and websites that focus on the team itself. I also know that many of the builders that I work with are Newcastle fans (or sadly Sunderland fans) so it’s nice to have a place where I can share my love and passion for both. It also means that I have a blog that I know many who share the exact same interests will read and hopefully share some of their thoughts and feelings, especially on match day.

I won’t have a specific idea of what I want to post about day to day because I have so many different thoughts. Some days I may just want to rant about how bad Newcastle are playing and how I really miss the golden years of Bowyer fighting other team mates or Shearer banging in goals daily, or I might just decide to talk about some of the buildings that I have built or loft conversions that I have managed to complete. I’m planning to talk about anything and everything that comes into my head so although I won’t have a structured or planned blog, but I hope that those who have the same passions and hobbies enjoy reading this blog regardless.

I have been very fortunate in my life to become a successful builder. I never realised how successful I could be as a builder due to the lack of work in Newcastle multiple times throughout the years. One of the worst times that the industry has ever experienced was during the financial crash of 2007. I never saw it coming personally, and for two to three years all construction projects had halted. All construction companies also began seeing fewer and fewer jobs come in on a yearly basis and it caused a horrible effect on most companies within the area. Luckily, we have passed that situation now and the area has become more affluent than ever.

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed todays ramble. Tomorrow I will talk about some of the building projects that I have taken part in since I want to set a tone early rather than simply talking about football, or as my American friends call it, Soccer. Please make sure you stay in touch and read some of the blog posts in the future!