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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Wrexham’s Hollywood Boost Under Reynolds-McElhenney Ownership

  • Wales' oldest soccer club is seeing its best attendance in decades and is undefeated in its last 15 matches.
  • FX is developing a docuseries about the team.
Wrexham AFC

Since completing their purchase of Wrexham AFC in February 2021, actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have given Wales’ oldest soccer team a Hollywood boost.

Each of Wrexham’s first 19 home games exceeded 5,000 spectators for the first time since 1978-79 — and its 9,971 Good Friday crowd against Solihull Moors was the largest since 2007.

Wrexham are undefeated in their last 15 matches and currently sit second in the National League, England’s fifth tier of soccer. They haven’t climbed back to EFL League Two since their 2008 relegation.

As it stands, the club would enter the promotion playoffs — but could earn automatic promotion to League Two with a first-place finish.

Everyone’s happy, regardless: Supporters recently chanted “There’s only one Ryan Reynolds,” and Reynolds gifted McElhenney a “memorial urinal” at the club’s home ground for his birthday.

FX, which airs McElhenney’s hit show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” is currently developing a docuseries about the team called “Welcome to Wrexham.”

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