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    In five days time League Two's Bradford City will take on the Premier League's Swansea City in the Capital One League Cup Final at Wembley.

    To mark the occasion Mark Pougatch will tonight host 5 live Sport from Valley Parade, the home of Bradford City. He’ll be joined by Bradford manager Phil Parkinson, joint Chairman Mark Lawn, former players and managers including Paul Jewell and Jamie Lawrence as well as an audience of fans.

    But let's not forget this is a huge day for Swansea too; you'll also hear from Terry Yorath, who played and managed both clubs, as well as Brian Flynn who managed the Welsh side for two seasons.

    In the last 12 years Bradford City have spiralled down the leagues. They were in the top flight at the turn of the millennium but are now in the fourth tier of English football. Their achievement on making it to the League Cup Final and beating heavyweight opponents on the way - including Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa - has certainly put the club back on the map.

    We thought Valley Parade was the place to do a programme to illustrate this remarkable run. We hope to get a real sense of the rejuvenating effect this has had on a city that has had to deal with the worst fire disaster in the history of English football – where on Saturday 11 May 1985 56 people lost their lives - riots in 2001 and which has suffered economically during the recession.

    In organising a programme from a stadium you have to think about the makeup of the audience. Who do you invite to get a cross section of the community, and who should be on your panel of guests? Fans group The Friends of Bradford City have been brilliant, helping with an audience and people who can talk to us about the club's history to give a first-hand account of what this means to them, their club and to Bradford as a whole.

    Don't forget you can listen to Bradford's and Swansea big day out on Sunday at 4pm. Full build up begins with Ian Payne from 12pm here on 5 live.

    Garth Brameld is a producer for 5 live Sport. You can listen to 5 live Sport live from Valley Parade on Wednesday 20 February at 7.30pm. It will also be available after the programme as a 5 live Sport Special download.

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