Wales’ footballers brought joy to millions by qualifying for the 2020 Euro finals with a 2-0 win over Hungary on Wednesday night.
But the day before they did something very special too to raise the spirits of a top North Wales player fighting a life-threatening illness.
Bala Town midfielder Danny Gosset was invited to the Welsh camp to watch a full training session ahead of the all-important clash with the Hungarians in Cardiff.
In August, the 25-year-old received the devastating news that what he initially thought was a typical football injury was in fact a type of blood cancer known as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
He has been receiving treatment, and as part of his recovery is involved in organising fundraising events for various cancer charities.
Danny was expecting to travel to Cardiff on Wednesday for the Wales game with brother Matthew, but a surprise was in store.
Bala Town media officer Hannah Jones takes up the story.
“Danny was not that happy to be told he had to make the long trip south to Cardiff a day early because Matthew had a meeting in Cardiff the day before Wales play Hungary.
“But unbeknown to Danny we were in fact taking him to meet the Welsh squad in their training camp to watch the full training session and the opportunity to meet all the squad and management team followed by the press conference.
“When Danny arrived, he told Matthew he would wait in the car for him while he had the meeting – and then Matthew told him what was happening.
“The broad smile on his face was visible throughout the day.
“Massive thanks must go to Ian Gwyn Hughes from the FAW and Ryan Giggs for organising this surprise, along with Sara Pennant Jones.
“On arrival we were taken down to the training pitch and spent an hour watching the squad train and the banter and togetherness from the lads was brilliant and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
“When the training session ended the players all came over to meet Danny and to ask how he was and to show him some support. Ryan Giggs presented Danny with a new Wales signed shirt; to say he was pleased is an understatement.
“We then returned to the hotel and were fortunate to attend the press conference with Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale which we all thoroughly enjoyed.
“Following the press conference, we met up with (S4C presenter) Dylan Ebenezer for a chat and then Ian Gwyn Hughes kindly treated us all to a lovely meal.
“What an unforgettable day but the highlight of the day was seeing Danny’s broad smile and we can’t thank Ryan and the boys enough for taking the time to show their support to Danny.”
Danny began his career with Oldham Athletic, making two Football League appearances before a spell on loan with Stockport County.
He has also played for Wales at C level as well as representing The New Saints, Bangor City, Cefn Druids, Rhyl and Bala Town in the Welsh Premier.
This Sunday brings the Foryd 5k fun run near Caernarfon in aid of Danny Gosset fighting non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The event starts at 11 am with entry cost £10. All ages can enter, but under-9s must be accompanied by an adult.
To contact the event organiser call 01248 670174 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to sign up before the event at this link: www.runwales.com/events/foryd-5k
There will also be a 1k children’s fun run starting at 10.30 am, cost £5 to enter on the day.
To contribute to the Danny Gosset fund access: