He will be welcomed back with open arms but will he be able to perform to expectations? There's the question. Returning to England is a significant change from the MLS.
Saturday, 13th April 2013
Tyrone Henry was back at Wembley Stadium again and could almost taste another FA Cup Final trip with Millwall awaiting him.
However, two goals down in the 86th minute to Wigan Athletic - who were chasing their first-ever FA Cup Final appearance - the hope seemed to be lost.
Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman had ensured a miserable day in the capital for Kenny Jackett’s team with Millwall now only seeking to save themselves from going more goals down.
As Henry played a pass out wide to James Henry, a roar went up in the crowd. The pass wasn’t as magnificent to warrant that amount of noise, so much so that Tyrone’s attention turned from the match to the stands where he immediately spotted a commotion.
He couldn’t focus on it for too long, though, as Millwall were dispossessed by Maynor Figueroa who tried to play a ball long to the first goalscorer Shaun Maloney. The Scottish international was not able to keep the ball in play as it ran out of touch for a goal kick.
The break in play allowed Tyrone and everybody else on both teams to assess the ongoing situation in the crowd as play all but stopped as David Forde took his time to retrieve the ball.
Tyrone wasn’t very clued up on the segregation of fans in the stadium and he knew that Millwall fans have had a history of fighting among themselves in the stands. However, this looked much more violent and he quickly realised that the two sets of fans were fighting.
Although Henry should have been embarrassed by the fans’ actions, he was rather entertained as the chant “No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care'' rang out from the Millwall section of Wembley. Henry smiled to himself as this was exactly the sort of quality that America was missing: Passion.
As the captain of the team in an FA Cup Final, Tyrone knew that he would have to detach the team from the troublemakers to the press but deep down, Henry recognised those fans as the same people who love him as a player and make him feel welcome everywhere, so he would never slam them in any circumstance.
As play carried on on the field, Tyrone caught a glimpse of fluorescent yellow jackets of the police flooding through the Wembley Stadium entrances.
Millwall went on to lose 2-0 in the FA Cup Final, but they had certainly won in the stands.
Seb: Indeed, a lot of the excitement has been sucked out of the league for a middling team like Millwall in the Championship. That's why they have to get their kicks in the stands on FA Cup Semi-Final day
Scott: Fortunately, he didn't spend too long in America, therefore making it easier to re-adapt to his surroundings in the UK. I doubt he'll ever get to play alongside someone like Thierry Henry again, though!