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James Henry

Born: 10th June 1989 
Nationality: England 
Position: Midfielder 
Royals first-team debut: Reading 2-4 Liverpool – 25/09/07   
Appearances: 10(+8) 
Goals: 4 

Henry’s story:
A local lad, Henry grew up in Woodley and attended Waingles Collage in Wokingham. Having turned down interest from Chelsea he joined our Academy full-time in the summer of 2005. 

He made his debut for the club in the 2007/08 season, after returning from a loan spell with Nottingham Forest he stepped out at Madejski Stadium for the first time as a substitute for Sean Long in our Carling Cup fixture against Liverpool that September. 

After ending that campaign with more loan spells at Bournemouth and Norwich, Henry’s telling contribution for the club was to come at the start of the following season. 

In the opening three Carling Cup fixtures, the Reading-born midfielder scored four goals, including two against Stoke that would see the tie into extra-time and penalties. 

Such form produced his first run of games in the league, appearing eight times before moving on loan to Millwall in February. 

Henry’s last two games in blue and white hoops transpired at the end of the 2009/10 season. The Royals won both games 5-0 and 6-0, the perfect send off for the Academy graduate who chose to sign permanently for Millwall in January following successful loan spells in previous years. 

Beyond the hoops:  
Henry settled in well at the Den. On his home debut against Hull City he marked the occasion by turning provider for all four goals scored that afternoon. He then notched his first Lions goal later in December as part of a 3-0 victory over relegation threatened Scunthorpe. 

Henry became a first team regular over his four seasons with Millwall, making 136(+28) appearances it total and scoring 19 goals, before making the switch to join Wolves off a loan move in January 2014. 

Again an ever present, our Academy man has certainly found his feet since departing the Mad Stad all those years ago, becoming a hit with the Molineux fans, his five goals last season helped pave the way for an unexpected and exciting play-off push for those associated with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

On 31st August 2016, Henry was loaned to League One side Bolton and he helped the Trotters secure automatic promotion back to the Championship at the end of that campaign.