Ryan Reynolds, co-owner of Wrexham AFC and Hollywood actor has expressed his excitement about the club and explained what he will do once he and fellow Hollywood owner Rob McElhenny will do once they have a chance to visit.
Speaking to Sky News, the actor famous for playing Deadpool said that the co-owner’s first aim is to head to The Racecourse Ground and absorb the history, legacy and rather unique story that have kept the team enduring for over 150 years of good and bad times.
He then followed that up by explaining that he wanted to see everything Wrexham had to offer and would jump into that community spirit. He also called the ownership of Wrexham the “role of a lifetime”.
The 44-year-old actor, who was promoting his new movie Free Guy in the interview, did note that there was one word he was not going to dare say: “soccer”.
The pair took over the club in November 2020 after over 98 per cent of the Wrexham Supporter’s Trust gave their support, but have been unable to visit due to ongoing travel restrictions.
With this, some major changes have been seen already, with the Welsh club travelling to the United States for the first time in its history to play a charity game against Rob McElhenny’s home town club Philadelphia Union.
Furthermore, longtime shirt sponsor Ifor Williams Trailers have become the club’s shorts sponsor, as hugely popular viral video app TikTok has signed on as the team’s shirt sponsor. This was announced, fittingly enough, in a funny TikTok video.
As well as this, Wrexham has removed the red barriers on their famous Kop Stand, which are set to be placed in storage in Wrexham and used as part of fundraising efforts by the Wrexham Supporter’s Trust.
All of these moves are part of a broad effort by both Mr Reynolds and Mr McElhenny to raise the profile of the club and make it the global force that just twelve months ago did not appear to be the case.
From Struggling To Superstars
Wrexham AFC faced a lot of problems away from the pitch which started after some of its greatest giant-killing moments.
Not a year removed from beating Premier League side Middlesbrough in 2000, then-chairman Alex Hamilton changed the terms of a lease the club had on the Racecourse Grounds, charging 30,000 times its annual rent and demanding his own team leave the ground that had been their home for a century.
This led to a long-running, expensive high court battle, undertaken whilst the club was already in administration to stop the cynical move from taking place and the old ground being redeveloped.
During this time, the team being relegated from League One after a 10-point deduction for going into administration and being on the brink of being expelled from the league entirely.
By the end, the administrators found a local car dealer to buy the club in 2006 and the team survived relegation out of the Football League through a vital win against Boston United in 2008, although they would be relegated the following year.
In 2011, the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust bought the club and spent the next ten years struggling in the National League before Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney took over the club, with ambitions of bringing the team back to its past glory.