When the Premier League darts visit Aberdeen John Henderson is usually in the crowd.
But tomorrow the Highlander will be on the stage playing the world’s best and he’s hoping to give his home support something to shout about.
The Huntly thrower faces World No 1, current world champion and reigning Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen at the AECC tomorrowevening.
Fellow Scot Gary Anderson had to pull out of the tournament due to a back problem. In his place the PDC decided to bring in a different guest player or “contender” for the first nine weeks.
Hendo was the natural choice for week five in the Granite City. Usually when the Premier League comes to Aberdeen he goes to watch.
But now the world No 20 hopes he can give the 10,000 plenty to cheer about by upsetting Dutchman MVG.
Henderson said: “It’s 16 weeks touring in the Premier League which is tiring for the top players, but I’m going to enjoy this one night.
“There will be 10,000 screaming Aberdonians who will be supporting me. So hopefully I can play well on the night, do myself justice and give them something to shout about.
“I’ve always gone along to it in Aberdeen, there’s been Robert Thornton and Peter Wright in it, but Gary Anderson is the biggest Scottish attraction.
“The atmosphere is immense and hopefully that is the same on Thursday.
“There are going to be a few folk I know from Huntly going along as well as my family.
“My wife Veronica will be there, as will my sponsors, so I’ll have plenty of backing.”
The crowd getting behind Henderson will help him, but he doesn’t think Van Gerwen will be affected by the vocal north-east support.
Hendo added: “Michael has been through everything before and doesn’t get too affected by the crowd.
“He’s not used to booing, but I don’t think the crowd will boo him anyway.
“He’s used to noise and, if anything, the crowd might spur Michael on to play well.
“It’s all about how I handle it because if I handle it well and play well I’m sure it will be a close game.
“It’s all about me because I know Michael will be his usual self and average 100 or more.
“So I just need to play well on the night and see if I can stay close to him and you never know – an upset might be on the cards.”