Today could see the Welsh national team qualify for their first major tournament in 58 years, should they beat Isreal in Cardiff.
For the likes of Wayne Hennessey, Joe Ledley and academy graduate Jonny Williams, there will be a sense of immense pride, should Chris Coleman manage to guide the Dragons to France next summer, after so many great men before him have tried and failed.
Although there remains a tendency throughout the national sporting press to paint the Wales side as Gareth Bale’s one man show, he will be the first to highlight the importance of his teammates in the success they’ve enjoyed in the last 18 months.
Conceding just two goals to date throughout the qualification process, it has been the influence of players like Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Ledley and Hennessey which has provided a platform upon which Bale has been able to dazzle all before him. Yes, he may be the man to grab all the headlines, but he’ll be the first to tell you that he would be nowhere without his supporting cast.
Having battled to a huge 1-0 win away to Cyprus earlier this week, there will be no room for complacency on home turf this evening, in what is sure to be a genuinely crackling atmosphere.
A win and a draw against group favourites Belgium has propelled them into the public consciousness, and now, having been ranked ahead of England in the latest FIFA rankings, there is every chance of them pressing on during next summer’s tournament and at least matching their previous best performance, when they reached the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup.
It would fill us with pride to see three Crystal Palace players representing their country at Euro 2016, and now, after months of hard work, they are just 90 minutes away from turning the dreams of a nation into a reality.