How can our clubs do a Wrexham and woo Hollywood stars like Ryan Reynolds?

Wrexham? Why them? This question must be firmly on the lips of Scottish clubs right now, from Elgin City to Stranraer, Stenhousemuir to Peterhead.

Sunday, 27th September 2020, 8:02 am
Reynolds wants to sprinkle movie stardust on the Welsh club
Reynolds wants to sprinkle movie stardust on the Welsh club

Out of absolutely nowhere - indeed Tinseltown’s producers might dismiss the storyline as just too corny - Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is preparing to splash £2 million of his earnings as the second highest-paid actor in the world on reviving the fortunes of the team of mad-haired Mickey Thomas and that admittedly very special strike in the FA Cup against Arsenal way back in 1992.

Why the hell Wrexham? No one knows. Reynolds is being assisted in this highly unlikely swoop by Rob McElhenney, best known for the television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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You hope for the North Wales outfit’s sake it’s not a joke, though fans of Hartlepool, apparently considered for takeover only to be rejected and now raging, would probably chuckle at that. Reynolds steps out with Blake Lively who in The Shallows was bitten on the bum by a shark. Thomas, once attacked with a screwdriver, could tell her what a real injury in that region felt like.

Mickey Thomas (right) and fellow goalscorer Steve Watkin dumped Arsenal out of the FA Cup in 1992. Now Hollywood has finally caught up with the giant-killing act.

But what could Scottish clubs offer any other movie guys thinking of copying Reynolds? Kilmarnock might message Hollywood: “Just like Wrexham, we’ve got the novelty of a ground name referencing another sport entirely.” (Rugby Park, Racecourse Ground – do I have to explain everything?).

James McPake, in his begging letter, would be able to point out: “It’s nearly always sunny in Dundee as well.”

And Alloa Athletic could beseech: “Yes, we’re pronounced ‘Alo-hah’. We don’t have Hawaii’s paradise beaches but they don’t have our Waspburgers.”

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