WREXHAM, Wales — Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney purchased one of many world’s oldest soccer groups on Monday and plan to doc their first foray into the game in a fly-on-the-wall TV present.
In a pinch-yourself second for success-starved followers of Welsh membership Wrexham, Reynolds and McElhenney accomplished a $2.5 million takeover of a staff that performs within the fifth tier of English soccer.
“That is actually occurring,” Reynolds, a Canadian-born actor finest identified for starring within the “Deadpool” motion pictures, mentioned at finish of a brief video asserting the acquisition of the 156-year-old membership.
In a current name with members of the membership’s supporters’ belief, Reynolds and McElhenney described Wrexham as a “sleeping large” and outlined their imaginative and prescient to make the staff a “international drive”.
“You will have by no means heard of Wrexham, the Racecourse Floor or (sponsor) Ifor Williams,” Reynolds mentioned then, placing on a Welsh accent, “however you’ll.”
To extend the publicity of a membership which is languishing in 14th place within the Nationwide League and has been outdoors English soccer’s 4 important professional leagues since 2008, the owners-elect are prepared to make use of Wrexham in a TV sequence.
“That’s occurred. We’re documenting it,” McElhenney, an American actor and director who was the creator of TV present “It’s All the time Sunny in Philadelphia,” informed supporters on the decision final week.
“We needs to be fascinated about Wrexham the best way Man U (Manchester United) thinks about Man U. Have interaction in membership, communities. What an effective way to do it,” McElhenney mentioned.
Amazon Prime was among the many first to answer to Wrexham’s takeover announcement on Twitter, sending its congratulations to the actors.
Wrexham, which has been a fan-owned membership since 2011, mentioned the “RR McReynolds Firm” will take 100% management — topic to affirmation by soccer authorities — following a vote amongst supporters during which greater than 98% had been in favor of the acquisition by Reynolds and McElhenney.
“The Gang Buys A North Walian Soccer Membership,” learn a tweet from Wrexham.
The membership’s supporters’ belief mentioned: “As Wrexham supporters, we wish to want them the easiest of luck in command of our soccer membership and stay up for what the long run brings.”
Followers aren’t presently allowed to attend soccer matches in Britain amid the coronavirus pandemic, however Reynolds has mentioned he desires to be at “as many video games as I could make.”
“We need to have a pint with the followers,” he mentioned, including his intention for him and McElhenney to be “nice ambassadors for the membership” and to “introduce the membership to the world.”
Wrexham, a city of about 65,000 folks situated close to the northwest English border, has hosted worldwide soccer video games for Wales.
In 1992, Wrexham claimed presumably its most well-known victory in beating Arsenal — the then-defending English champion — 2-1 within the third spherical of the FA Cup. Wrexham had completed in final place within the Soccer League the earlier season.