Some had booked flights, some had booked time off, some had shifted dinner with the in-laws.
Just. In. Case.
For just a few moments we dared to dream that as kick off approaches in Paris, it would have been Wales there.
Wales and their famous red wall of fans.
But, it wasn’t to be. Still, there are plenty of reasons to be proud, and as Chris Gunter said: “Don’t be sad Wales. It’s a time to be proud of our country”.
This is what Wales has taught Europe, and the world, during Euro 2016:
1. Fans make great police officers
We couldn’t possibly pick the best moment of Euro 2016, but this would be up there. When a young lad got lost in the crowds, the Wales fans around him turned detective and reunited him with his Dad.
2. We have our very own Johan Cruyff
The world may not have heard of Hal Robson-Kanu before the Euros but the Canton Stand had. Their chants made him smile, they made themselves smile, and they made several clubs sit up and listen.
3. We really, really know how to say diolch
Thousands lined the streets of Cardiff for the homecoming parade on Friday. The FAW said it was their way of saying thankyou to the fans. And what a thankyou it was.
4. We can add a special touch to any wedding day
It was at the first game in Bordeaux where these fans formed a guard of honour for a newlywed couple.
5. The Eiffel Tower rather suits a dragon
Thankfully, seeing the Welsh flag projected onto the tower wasn’t a one off. And we will never get bored of looking at it.
6. We can make friends with anyone (including the fans of the team we just knocked out)
Anyone who was in Lille knew just how outnumbered the Welsh fans were. But anyone at home watching wouldn’t have guessed. The singing, the cheering, the chanting. They were phenomenal. And once the damp but excited fans arrived back in the city centre, even the Belgian fans held their hands up and praised us.
7. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, you can find a way to watch it
Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen was in Baghdad for Wales v Portugal, so he had a friend livestream the game via Skype.
8. True love and football go hand-in-hand
9. Even watching it in a park is pretty special
It took some to get a fanzone, but for many it was the highlight of their tournament. By the semi-final, tens of thousands of fans watched the games together across Wales.
10. We have some pretty awesome chants
From Don’t Take Me Home, to Five at the Back, there have been some great team efforts. And, we can borrow them from other countries too – thanks Iceland!
11. Our players proved you can be a footballer and great family men
Bringing their adorable kids onto the pitch was a great moment for anyone to watch even if it did get the FAW in trouble with UEFA.
12. We never forget where we’ve come from
Watching Gary Speed’s dad talking about his son on the morning before the semi-final was emotional to say the least. Barely an interview went by where the players didn’t mention their former coach. Fans too paid tribute to Roger when they saw him in the street.
13. Even the commentators get a bit swept up in the moment
We’re not sure quite how they forget the words given it has been sung approximately a million times, but still, we loved this glimpse into what it’s like travelling with Hartson and Savage.
14. We’ve got the moves
Joe Ledley. Enough said.
15. Our official song was by the Manics
You know them. The world-renowned band. No dodgy cameos from tuneless footballers here, oh no.
16. The haka isn’t just for the rugby lads
The bond between this team has generated plenty of stories, but this video of the team performing a half-naked haka shows that no matter who you are, a great group of mates can always have a laugh.
But it wouldn’t have been anything without you, the fans. And the best bit? It all starts again in less than two months time.
We’ll see you there…