The last player to qualify for this year's World Championship first did so in 1979.
That man is, of course, the great Steve Davis who rallied from 5-0 down to beat Lee Spick 10-8.
It means he will be at the Crucible for a 28th time. He is 51 years of age but the sheer love he has for snooker and competition has not diminished in his 31 years on the professional circuit.
He likened the build up to the World Championship as "like waiting for Christmas."
Steve also believes the Crucible should carry on staging the championship - as seems likely - when the contract expires next year.
He said: “You throw the game’s history in the bin at your peril.
“There would have to be a very good reason for doing it. I’m not sure what that reason would be but it’d have to be big.
“I don’t know what the future of the game holds but I’d be loathe to take it away from the Crucible.”
I have to say I agree with him, unless a financial offer is made that is so big it's impossible to turn down.
What I've found here over the last three days is how much getting to the Crucible means to all players - newcomers and old timers alike.
We now know the players that will be there. Now to the draw...