and now I predict more problems
A Place in the History Books
Saturday, 22nd May 2004
As Manchester United lifted the FA Cup in front of the passing Millwall opponents, a feeling of dejection hung around the camp. The team had an incredible run to the Final which included beating Burnley and Sunderland along the way but ultimately the world class quality charging Ferguson’s team was too much.
Then knowledge sprang to Tyrone Henry’s mind that because Manchester United had qualified for the Champions League, Football League First Division Millwall were going to be entering the UEFA Cup next season.
Henry headed over to Neil Harris who led the line for Millwall on the day. He looked distraught having been beaten 3-0 so Tyrone put his hand on the back of his neck.
“So, where do you fancy, Neil? Rome, Vienna, Athens?” he said to him with a chuckle.
“Tyrone, mate, I’ve already got my holiday booked with the missus. Besides, we’ve just lost in the FA Cup Final.” Harris replied, clearly the knowledge of European football had not been considered.
“Well, you best get your bag packed twice, at least. We’re going to the UEFA Cup!” Tyrone cheered as they made their way down the Millennium Stadium’s tunnel.
Then it sunk in with Harris and a big smile gleamed across his face. This team weren’t only heroes for today, they were the first-ever Millwall team to achieve a European spot.
The pair didn’t want to celebrate in the view of the Millwall fans, who were irritable at the best of times. They waited to reach the dressing room first before revealing the news.
As the team huddled into the spacious dressing room with their heads hung low, Tyrone Henry and Neil Harris geared up to start their song. They waited for every team member to get into the dressing room.
It began quietly for the first line, getting louder each time, each picking up new voices:
”WE’RE ALL GOING ON A EUROPEAN TOUR, A EUROPEAN TOUR, A EUROPEAN TOUR”
As the celebrations continued inside the dressing room, Tyrone went out and fetched one of the bottles of champagne used for the Manchester United trophy lifting ceremony.
He ran back with two bottles, already turning the bottle to open the first. Tyrone booted the door wide open just as the cork flew off, spraying every single player in the process.
With a joyous trip through to the FA Cup Final came even more good news of a trip to Europe, and with that Tyrone Henry wrote himself into Millwall history, with fans in adoration.
Tango: You can't argue with a trip to Europe for a second tier side, though!