Yesterday was a day when football, trivial problems and issues just didn't matter. They still don't and won't for some time.
The 606 office this morning is a quiet place, a shocked place and an emotionally drained place after yesterday's news and the show presented by Robbie and Darren.
We've never had so many of you calling us, tweeting us, talking to us on facebook or texting us to share your memories and stories about what a great man Gary was.
Robbie was a very close friend of Gary's and had spoken to him on Saturday. For him to get through yesterday's show was tough for both him and Darren but they wanted to give everyone a forum to talk about their friend.
Robbie and Gary had been laughing and joking about the Strictly Come Dancing just on Saturday. A few weeks earlier Gary had come down to TVC with his wife and watched Strictly. They were on great form. Gary and Darren were ribbing each other in the bar and competing to see who had had the biggest row with Robbie in the past. One of the 606 team decided Gary would be the perfect star of the next Strictly and wouldn't let it lie. I'm not sure Gary was so keen, but being the gentleman he was he laughed along about it and joined in the banter.
He came onto 606 two weeks ago, the day after Wales had beaten Norway. We dragged him out of the pub to come on air yet he made us feel like he had all the time in the world for the callers and for the show.
Darren had become friends with Gary through work and when he came to TVC for Strictly the other week it was Gary who ran to help Darren pick his wife up from the floor after she fainted under the heat of the lights in the studio. We all know she really just fainted from being in close proximity to such a legend- Gary, of course.
So then we were all at Television Centre again yesterday afternoon having to write openers about how this gentleman, this model professional, this friend of Darren and Robbie's was dead.
Usually in the hour before we go on air there's banter, arguments about what the opening line should be, chat about what the story of the day is. But yesterday we all just sat in the gallery listening to the Welsh National anthem. The opener didn't need scripts, it was just an open forum to talk about Gary.
We were inundated with calls. Men openly crying on air. But also callers telling us so many wonderful stories about the times they met Gary or watched him play.
The time he got Steve and his son tickets for Cantona's last game at Leeds after bumping into them outside, remembering him from a chance meeting in a bar a year earlier. He even remembered Steve's name; Alan, who told us of a meeting in a service station after the Norway game "I'm just Joe Bloggs, I couldn't believe he was talking to me"; Graham, who helped organise his charity golf day, talking about how he stuck to diet coke even five days ahead of a game; Tom, the Bolton team coach driver talking about when Gary's son described Steven Gerrard as the "best midfielder" and Gary allowed it ; Everyone who had had the pleasure of meeting him was touched by him.
And yet he won't have heard these stories. He won't ever know how many people's lives he brought joy to- through his football and through his personality.
My favourite story Gary told us was when the then welsh manager Bobby Gould decided he was going to change the captaincy and take it from Gary and give it to Mark Hughes. Bobby had already told Mark Hughes he would be the new captain but when he told Gary about his decision Gary went mad and said "No way, I'm not having that. I'm your captain." So Bobby Gould said "Thats the spirit I want, thats the passion I want from my captain" and promptly gave the captaincy back to him.
That was the mark of a man who loved his job, loved his country and wanted to do his best at all times. We hope the calls into 606 last night gave a sense of that.
You can listen again here if you missed it.