Last night saw Wales confirm their place at Euro 2016 despite losing 2-0 to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
For Chris Coleman and his players, it is an achievement which will rank extremely highly in their careers to date, ending a spell of more than 50 years without an appearance at a major international tournament for the country.
Although Gareth Bale is quite rightly billed as the star attraction, it is a side built on extremely solid foundations, with two of Palace’s first-team stars at the core of it all.
Both Joe Ledley and Wayne Hennessey have played huge parts in helping Wales to qualify, starting the vast majority of their games over the last two years. If anything, their regular inclusion points towards the grit Wales have demonstrated throughout the campaign, grinding out results wherever possible, and pulling off upsets against a star-stuffed Belgium side along the way.
Just below Joe and Wayne in the pecking order is Jonny Williams, whose boundless potential has never been forgotten by Chris Coleman. Plagued with injuries at every stage of his still fledgling career, the diminutive midfielder remains very much in the manager’s thoughts, leading everyone to hope that he can remain fit for the remainder of the league season before dazzling the watching world in a Welsh shirt next summer.
For England, qualification for Euro 2016 has been a mere formality for months, but you need only look at the expressions etched across Welsh faces at full-time yesterday to get a real impression for the emotional significance of the milestone they had reached as a collective entity.
We should see three of our first-team stars given the chance to shine in front of the globe in a few months time, with each one of them having made a monumental effort to confirm their place.
It will be a proud day for everyone of a red and blue persuasion.