Remembering the Bradford fire
The idea of a live show from Valley Parade - or the Coral Windows Stadium - was first suggested at the start of the year. I remember it going down well in our Tuesday planning meeting because people were keen that not all of our outside broadcasts came from Premier League clubs.
We wanted to do something a little different at Bradford to mark the 25th anniversary of the fire, when 56 people went to watch a football match and never came home.
Focus editor Mark Cole was also faced with the difficult issue of slotting an exclusive interview with John Terry into the emotionally-charged show. I know some people were angry it was in there at all, but I think - editorially - it was right to include it.
I'll be honest with you, I didn't know much about the Bradford fire before working on last week's show. I vaguely remember my mum being upset at what she was watching on the TV and telling my dad how awful it was.
The more I read about 11 May, 1985, the more I realised how deeply tragic it really was. I spoke to a guy in our hotel on Friday afternoon, who told me that Heysel and Hillsborough will never be forgotten because Heysel had a global reach and the sense of injustice about what happened at Hillsborough continues to drive people on.
Bradford was very different, a terrible accident caused by widespread ignorance about safety at football grounds. There were piles of rubbish under an almost entirely wooden stand, which was due to be demolished as soon as the game was over. Sadly, it is thought that one stray cigarette led to disaster.
It was meant to be a day of celebration. The team were presented with the old Third Division championship trophy before the game. It did become a day to remember... but for all the wrong reasons.
We've done some big shows this season but we were all feeling the pressure last Saturday. We wanted to get it right and make sure we hit the right tone. It might seem stupid, but I felt - I think we all felt - that we had a responsibility to do the very best show we possibly could to honour the memory of those who died.
On the morning of the show, we got to the ground about 0930 BST. We rehearsed as usual and I recorded the opening few links outside the stadium.
My wife will testify that it doesn't take much to get me emotional when it comes to sport. Chuck a bit of music over a medal ceremony and I'm finished. The montages at the end of any major sporting event also leave me leaning for the tissues. But last Saturday was different. This wasn't about achieving against the odds or doing what you'd always dreamed of, this was about an unfathomable human tragedy that affects anyone who has ever been to a football match.
Fifty-six people - some as young as 11 - went out that day to support their team. They ended up dying by the side of the pitch. Bill Shankly was a great manager but his quote about football being more important than life and death has always made me sit uneasy. On that point, the great man was wrong.
At about 1030 BST last Saturday, I watched the opening piece to the programme with a few others in the truck. For seven minutes, we all watched in stunned silence as Terry Yorath, John Hendrie, John Helm and others gave their accounts of that tragic day. I was already in tears by the time we got to the radio commentary as the stand started to burn.
Lee Dixon arrived shortly afterwards and Stuart McCall just after 1100 BST. I spoke to McCall about the programme we were about to do and he seemed in good spirits. We even had a laugh about how ginger his hair still was. Then, just before going on air at 1215 BST, we took our places in the main stand, exactly at the spot where the fire had started.
McCall wanted to watch the opening piece so I lent him my earpiece. I had to stand quite close to him and, every now and again, heard him sigh heavily or just whisper a knowing 'oh dear' as the memories came flooding back.
Halfway through, Yorath was unable to continue when he was trying to describe the scene at the ground when he returned later that day. It was too much for McCall as well. He spent the next few minutes wiping away the tears, but I thought he was excellent and gave us a real insight into what it was like on that day.
I've had loads of emails, texts and tweets from people since the show aired, saying how little they knew about the Bradford fire. One guy said he was shamed by his lack of knowledge and went away afterwards to read more .
I suppose he hit on the key point. We cannot forget what happened that day and we need to make sure that every time we sit and watch our team in safety, we remember the price paid by 56 fans at Valley Parade on 11 May, 1985.
If you've got any questions or comments about last week's show, or Football Focus in general, then ask away below.
And don't forget, you can see the second part of our interview with John Terry on Saturday. You can also follow preparations for our final show of the season on twitter at twitter.com/danwalkerbbc