I wanted Des Lynam’s job

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Dan Walker, aged 35, is the host of the BBC’s Football Focus and this summer he is covering the Euros, the Open Championship and the Olympics. He studied at the University of Sheffield and now lives in the city with his wife and three children.

What have you been doing today?

In Warsaw in Poland getting ready for Football Focus. I’ve just been shopping for some grub and eaten some scrambled eggs - exciting times.

Who is your inspiration and why?

I wrote to Des Lynam at the age of 11 to ask how to get his job! More practically, my wife is an inspirational woman. She has given up a lot to allow me to do this job and is a wonderfully talented lady who makes the finest lemon meringue pie on the planet.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

I have three: Shun Fujimoto - a Japanese gymnast from the 1976 Olympic games, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov - a mad cyclist from the 1990s from my Tour de France obsessed days and Eric Liddell. As a Christian myself I find Liddell’s story a remarkable one. He’s remembered as the guy who won gold in the Paris Olympics in the 1920s made famous in Chariots of Fire, but he died in a POW camp in China after giving his opportunity to go home away to a pregnant lady. A true hero.

What’s your favourite other sport?

I love golf and tennis but Im rubbish at swimming despite being built for it at 6ft 6inches.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

You can choose between Noel Gallagher, Roy Hodgson & Gary Lineker. My favourite is Tim Vine though - funniest man in the world.

When was the last time you cried?

When I dislocated my knee for the fifth time in my first football match back after number four. It was a combination of seeing my knee cap dangling around five inches right of its normal position and the knowledge of how long it would take to get better.

Who or what are you most proud of?

My children. I did enjoy commentating on David Beckham’s free kick against Greece in 2001 at Old Trafford and my mum loved the fact that I met the Queen but our three kids are brilliant

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

My first boss at a radio station in Manchester said ‘You’ve not only got to be good, you’ve got to be the best.’

When did you know you were good at what you do?

When someone said ‘Would you like a job?’ And when I won a commentary competition at Hallam FM while I was a student in Sheffield. They had thousands of entries. I’ve still got plenty to work on though.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My bible - although it’s on my phone so that’s sort of cheating.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

I don’t get nervous on TV. The most nervous I’ve been was my grade three clarinet exam aged 12. It ended my woodwind career.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

An element of doubt can be healthy but I feel I’m doing the right thing at the moment.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

As a journalistic tool I love Twitter. I enjoy the silly side of it as well as the way it has transformed the way we react to news.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I’d love to cut the grass for the council. Great smell and a sense of achievement.

Favourite TV programme?

Football Focus of course... and Supergran!