Wrexham FC: why Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney will become the new owners of the Welsh football club
Reynolds and McElhenney presented their vision to trust members at a virtual meeting, and said they wanted to ‘have a pint with the fans’
Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are set to be the new owners of National League club Wrexham.
Following an in favour vote from over 2,000 members of the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST), the A-list duo’s takeover bid has been approved.
The RR McReynolds Company, LLC will take 100% control of the fifth-tier club, subject to National League and FA ratification.
Onlookers will wonder why McElhenney and Reynolds, two famous faces known for not taking things all that seriously, have decided to make business moves on a lower-league Welsh football team that’s nowhere near as globally renowned as they are.
Here is everything you need to know.
Is the takeover real?
The whole thing sounds like an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the long-running comedy series that McElhenney created and stars in.
That show follows The Gang, a group of misfit friends who hatch elaborate schemes for personal gain, vengeance or the entertainment of watching another's downfall.
Even Deadpool-star Reynolds questioned the reality of the situation on Twitter, asking: “Is this really happening?”
But rest assured, it’s all entirely for real.
How was the news announced?
Both actors tweeted “Wrexham is the name” alongside a crest of the club, and appeared in a short clip promoting the team’s kit sponsor, Ifor Williams Trailers.
“Why am I and Rob pitching a North Walian trailer manufacturer?” said Reynolds, to which McElhenney replied: “Because we just became owners of Wrexham Association Football Club and they are our team sponsors.
“You may never have heard of Wrexham, the Racecourse Ground or Ifor Williams, but you will. So to the Wrexham Supporters Trust, thank you for your faith and trust in us.”
Reynolds added: “We are humble and we are already getting to work.”
The short video finished with a club song featuring the lyrics: “Here they come the mighty champions, raise your voices to the anthem. Marching like a mighty army, Wrexham is the name.”
The news of a takeover bid first arose in late September, with Wrexham revealing that the duo had submitted their plans to purchase the club, although their reasons for doing so have not been made entirely clear.
Another clip posted to Twitter by the club posed the question “Why Wrexham?” before showing a selection of the victorious highlights from the club’s long and storied history. It simply ends by asking, “Why not?”
Reynolds and McElhenney had set out principles for their takeover centred around protecting the heritage of the Welsh club, reinforcing the values woven in the town itself and making Wrexham champions again.
The pair are understood to be prepared to use their own money, marketing and fame to help the side return to the glory days of the 1977-78 campaign, when they made it to the FA Cup quarter-finals and clinched the Third Division title.
What does it mean for the club?
The takeover is expected to lead to £2 million being invested in the club, which has been in fan ownership since 2011, and a Netflix-style documentary at the Racecourse Ground.
Reynolds and McElhenney presented their vision to trust members at a virtual meeting earlier in November, telling them they wanted to attend as many games as possible and “have a pint with the fans”.
"You’ll be fed up of us!" said Reynolds. “We want to be great ambassadors for the club, to introduce the club to the world and be a global force."
McElhenney said: “We want to pack that stadium again. I want people to be so excited to watch the rise of the club… We should be thinking about Wrexham the way Manchester thinks about Manchester United."