Chasing a 'Cupset' with the underdogs
It has been an interesting week. I hope you have enjoyed the little FA Cup specials on the website and are looking forward to round three.
For those of you who don't know - we are doing a special programme which involves visiting a different underdog each day in a bid to cover as many FA Cup stories as we can.
The idea was the brainchild of producer James Daniels who has spent most of Christmas planning the pieces, making phone calls and trying to get the giant TV jigsaw to fit together.
Dover fans getting ready during our day down at Crabble
We started off at the white cliffs of Dover on Monday morning and then followed the team to their Blue Square South league game against Thurrock. Dover are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition and are a little disappointed with Huddersfield away in round three.
Lee Dixon came to Thurrock because he played at Arsenal with Martin Hayes, the Dover boss. Thurrock were an incredibly friendly club who were singing "8-7, we're gonna win 8-7" when they scored to make it 7-2 in the last minute.
Dixon was impressed with Dover Athletic and particularly striker Adam Birchall, who already has 11 goals in the FA Cup this season and bagged another five against Thurrock. If you've not seen him - he looks a bit like a white Romario with facial hair!
If Dover face a big task at Huddersfield, Crawley Town really fancy their chances against Robbie Savage's Derby. On Tuesday we took the Derby captain down to the Broadfield Stadium where the two teams face each other on Monday night.
Being from Crawley - and a fan - I am aware that my boys are pretty unpopular in non-league football because they are very ambitious and have the money to back it up. Having said that, some of the stories about how much the club pay their staff are a touch exaggerated.
The plan was for Robbie to interview a few players but Crawley didn't want him upsetting the camp so banned him from their property!
Robbie Savage waiting at a bus stop in Crawley after being told he couldn't go into the club
'Gareth' with the thing he won in 1981 and 1982
We took the FA Cup into the old town and it produced quite a stir and two memorable incidents.
1) The bloke who waited for 10 minutes to have his picture taken with the trophy before revealing he didn't have a camera
2) The bloke who bumbled up to Garth shouting 'GARETH! GARETH! I love you on the telly Gareth'. Gareth took it very well.
Thursday saw us drop in on Sven-Goran Eriksson, who seems to have had a big impact on Leicester City. His new team take on his old team on Sunday when Manchester City go to the Walkers Stadium. Martin Keown came along - he played under Sven with England and was at Leicester for 17 games at the end of his career.
Sven will face his old side Manchester City in the FA Cup
Sven was as charming as ever, making the whole crew a cup of tea and talking at length about Leicester, Manchester City (a job he thinks he took two years too early), England and being a manager in the Premier League again.
We've only got York City left to visit and then it's back to London to stitch the whole thing together. It will be a very different Football Focus but hopefully it will be a great watch and the 1000-mile round trip will be worth it.
We also got to take in Wolves v Chelsea at Molineux
I am really hoping that no managers get the big shoulder this week for the purely selfish reason that it would mess up our running order. I'll do another blog next week on the intricacies of the trip itself and the camel face that our cameraman decided to bring with him, but if you've got any questions about the show or this blog just let me know.
As ever, the best way to follow the build up to the show is on Twitter. You can find me at twitter.com/danwalkerbbc