Henry Meets the NYC Arsenal Supporters

Every Thursday we here at 7amkickoff bring you photos of Gooners by Gooners. Sometimes this article will be pictures of you and your friends traveling to see Arsenal play Barcelona, sometimes it will be Highbury memories, and sometimes it will be a group of you watching the match in a pub in Shanghai. The point is to share the experience of being a Gooner with other Gooners.

Today we have a special treat.

The Vice President Arsenal America and head of the NYC Arsenal Supporters club (follow them on Twitter and Facebook) , Kurtis Powers, along with Josh Templeton and Brett Chase organized an extraordinary meeting between NY Arsenal Supporters and Arsenal club legend Thierry Henry. Kurtis’ idea was simple: gather together some Arsenal supporters and welcome Thierry Henry back to New York after his successful loan in London. Of course if doing that meant he might get a few more people out to see Henry play in the Red Bulls new arena every other weekend, then all the better. After all, as he puts it “the legend plays in our backyard.”

The event took place on March 25th which was the Red Bulls’ home opener against Colorado Rapids. The day started at the NY Arsenal supporters’ home pub, The Blind Pig, where folks got rosy cheeked before they made their way to the stadium. Once there they were treated to a game in which the aforementioned legend scored a brace to help lift his team to a 4-1 win. And then, after the crowds cleared, and Titi had a chance to get changed, those Arsenal fans were treated to two hours of Henry’s time.

For $25.

That’s what makes Arsenal so special. Modern athletes often can’t make time to sign one autograph, much less spend two hours with fans, after a game, answering questions and signing shirts. The love that the players feel for the supporters of this club is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced in all my time following sports. But also there’s the fact that Kurtis, Josh, Brett and photographers Yoko Haraoka and Donna Guerreros, put in countless hours of their time in order to treat 700 Arsenal fans to one of the most memorable moments of their lives.

That’s what it means to be a supporter of The Arsenal.

Getting cozy at the Blind Pig before the match.

And before you know it, out into the street to make their way to the stadium.

Songs were sung. Many, many songs.

Even during the match!

In America we are allowed to drink and watch football matches at the same time.

Arsenal supporters come from all over the world, even London.

To cheer on their hero and see him score.

And after the game, they were happy to stay behind…

And Kurtis was lounging…

A moment of levity before the Legend shows up!

Fans get a sense that Henry might be making his way to them

And as soon as he appears the energy sweeps across the 700 gathered Arsenal fans.

Thierry Henry, Theirry Henry, Thierry Henry!

Never wash that hand again!

Or that arm, leg or any body part that touched him.

“Yes, I wish you would come every week.”

Henry’s trademark smile

“What do you think of Tottenham?”

Just look at that face! How could you love Pires more than Henry?

And then there is the ritual “handing over of the baby” and Thierry moves toward the crowd

where he is presented with the baby so that it may be anointed with his presence. Ego te baptizo in nomine Patrick, et Arsene, et Thierry Henry.

Oh Rocky Rocky! Rocky Rocky Rocky Rocky Rocastle!

Let the signing begin!


What a moment.

The whole family is there.

But all good things must come to an end.


28 thoughts on “Henry Meets the NYC Arsenal Supporters

  1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tim Post author

    I can’t reply to you because this stupid ass super simple fucking template is also broken.

    The cunt.

    If I were to reply to you Mr. Twodogsinonebunburyist I would say that it’s funny you bring up swank because you look like a Canadian Hilary Swank.

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1nycgunner

    How the fuck did I miss this??? I must’ve been hiding in a cave.

    I like the new look on the website. Especially the fact that the ad on the right is not locked in and the whole page camouflages well with MS Excel in the background at work.

    I’ve been meaning to ask you. What’s the difference between “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” and “Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail” below? Which option should I pick if I only want Emails when someone has replied to my comment?

  3. +1 Vote -1 Vote +111cannons

    The King obliged us and scored a classic right foot, right post goal and nearly got his hat-trick at the end.

    And you’re right, the work Kurtis and Brett put into NYC Arsenal Supporters is pretty amazing.

  4. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1nutcracker

    The new look is clean and simple, but I thought the old design was one of the better blog designs out there. The red with the black went very well together. Just my input.

  5. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    Ha ha ha. What’s the matter, Tim? Can’t reply?

    Who’s Hal now, huh? WHO’S HAL NOW MOTHERFUCKER!

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Tim Post author

      Apparently, the site is HAL, I’m Dave, and you’re one of the masturbating cavemen in the opening scene of History of the World Pt.1.

      Because, as you can see. Tim CAN reply.

  6. +1 Vote -1 Vote +111cannons

    if you’re cave has an internet connection [as it would appear] you can find NYC Arsenal Supporters on Facebook & Twitter, or at the bar mentioned in Tim’s piece above.

  7. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Yank Gooner MD

    I was a fan of the old look 7am, but now that I see the new look it has won me over. This is the tits!

    Also, I really hope the NYC Arsenal Supporters club can do something like this again as I was living on the west coast while this went down but am about to move to Brooklyn and join their ranks.

  8. Vote -1 Vote +111cannons

    @Yank Gooner MD
    I believe Henry himself said he’d only do one of these this season [did one last year as well]. But he also encouraged everyone to come out every week. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of Gooners here who will join you.

  9. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dan

    I’ve been reading this blog for a few years now, posting for the first time today. Proud to have my picture on 7amkickoff!!

  10. Vote -1 Vote +1nycgunner

    Yeah.. thereby lies the problem you see.. .I don’t have a tweeter account and I log onto FB once every few months. I’ve been to the blind pig a few times and I am aware of the NY Arsenal Supporters but I need to get on their mailing list.

  11. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1JV Mauer

    Make sure you get to the Blind Pig for at least some of the matches. It’s the best place outside of Islington to catch a match. There’s always a minimum of 30 – 40 decked out Gooners chanting and singing for the whole game. For big games, it’s wall-to-wall and out the door. It’s really quite an experience.

  12. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    Delighted to see you’ve taken my Comic Sans MS idea on board, Tim. You won’t regret it. May I also recommend Lucida Handwriting for the comments section? It’s hot hot hot right now.

    As for the new Gouda logo, it makes me think of a pizza parlor. I read it and see “Tim’s Pizzeria.” In other words, I’m impressed.

  13. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    Apparently, the site is HAL, I’m Dave, and you’re one of the masturbating cavemen in the opening scene of History of the World Pt.1.


    You say that like there’s something wrong being a masturbating caveman. Chicks love me. I starred in Clan of the Cave Bear as the dude who humped Darryl Hannah. So why don’t you take your technophile condescension and use it to find the Leighton Baines subbuteo figure stuck in your rectum.

  14. Vote -1 Vote +1Limestonegunner

    Great event, wonderful pics, and as usual an excellent write up from Tim. After being at the Emirates, my favourite spot to watch an Arsenal match is at the Blind Pig. I had a great experience when visiting NYC–the place opened up for the early Norwich away match in November at 7:30am and it was packed!

    nycgunner, you really are missing out. I used to live in NY before Arsenal support had grown to these levels–I would love to live there today with a place like the Pig to congregate.

  15. Vote -1 Vote +1Cliffy

    Kindly advise if I should re-install DOS to get maximum performance from this site..

    On a serious note… If you could get the Highbury clock to show 7′o clock….

  16. Vote -1 Vote +1BCS

    Very heart-warming pictures and I especially like the caption baptizing the baby into the Arsenal fold. Just the first step of indoctrination into the Arsenal cult.

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