Wrexham AFC’s Owners Visit Racecourse Grounds And Attend First Game

by Jamie Adrankone

Wrexham AFC’s Owners Visit Racecourse Grounds And Attend First Game

After a thoroughly bizarre story that befits the club’s Hollywood owners, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney finally managed to visit the Racecourse Grounds after watching their club play away at Maidenhead United the previous day.

After the game, a close defeat for Wrexham at an electric York Road ground, Mr Reynolds described football as a “tommy-gun” of heartbreak, beauty and evil in an Instagram post.

It was a dramatic game, capped off with an incredible comeback by the Red Dragons only to be deprived of an ending dramatic enough for Hollywood when Maidenhead United’s Josh Kelly fired a dagger in from 20 yards out to secure the victory.

Mr McElhenney would later joke that they didn’t want their first win to be away from the Racecourse anyway.

The next day, both he and Mr McElhenney took a trip to the Racecourse Grounds for the first time to chat with fans, pose for pictures and film a promotional video at the Turf Hotel for a documentary on the club.

The visit had livened up the town, with some residents describing their first visit as owners of the club as surreal and having left the entire town “buzzing”.

Wrexham, one of the oldest football clubs in history, has struggled for many years as the result of an attempted land grab of the Racecourse Grounds by former chairman Alex Hamilton, which left the club at the precipice of insolvency and expulsion from the Football League.

The club would eventually be bought by the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust and be supporter run for almost a decade before actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney placed a bid to take over the club, the deal eventually finalised in February 2021.

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