Wrexham FC, Owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, Promoted to EFL League Two
Wrexham Football Club, owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, has secured promotion back to the English Football League (EFL) system for the first time in 15 years. The club clinched the Vanarama National League title with a 3-1 win over Boreham Wood on Saturday, powered by two second-half goals from talismanic striker Paul Mullin. The victory secured the league title with a game to spare, after facing stiff competition from Notts County.
The Third Oldest Professional Soccer Club in the World
Wrexham FC is the third-oldest professional soccer club in the world, located in North Wales. The club was purchased by Reynolds and McElhenney for £2 million ($2.5 million) in November 2020, despite neither having much prior knowledge of the sport or of North Wales, where the club is based. Their investment and commercial interest, following the Disney+ documentary series “Welcome to Wrexham”, have helped build the club a global following, and provided a financial boost that has enabled Wrexham to attain promotion at the second time of asking.
Heartbreak Last Season
Last season, Wrexham narrowly missed out on promotion after losing 5-4 to Grimsby Town in a thrilling play-off semi-final. It also fell short in the FA Trophy cup competition, being beaten 1-0 at Wembley by Bromley FC.
Promotion to EFL League Two
Promotion to the EFL is highly lucrative for small clubs, and Wrexham will receive a payment of £1.1 million. Reynolds and McElhenney have promised to reinvest a substantial portion of the winnings in player bonuses and vowed further investment in the club’s infrastructure, with a new stand at the stadium already under construction. The move up to EFL League Two means Wrexham will now play against the likes of Bradford City, Leyton Orient and Tranmere Rovers.
Reactions from the Owners
On Saturday, Reynolds and McElhenney attended the game at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground, along with actor Paul Rudd, and were seen in tears as thousands of fans flooded the pitch at the full-time whistle. Reynolds tweeted on Sunday, “Everything I own smells like champagne, beer and grass. I’m still somewhere between giggling and sobbing. This town and this sport is one of the most romantic things on earth. Thank you, Wrexham AFC.” Alongside a video of the pair’s reaction at the full-time whistle, McElhenney, star of hit comedy series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” tweeted: “You can see something leave both of our bodies at the same time. And then we’re filled back up with an indescribable amount of joy and gratitude.”
Wrexham FC’s promotion to EFL League Two is a major achievement for the Welsh club, especially with the backing of Hollywood stars Reynolds and McElhenney. Their investment and commercial interest have helped the club build a global following, and the financial rewards of promotion will enable the club to continue its upward trajectory. With the promise of further investment in the club’s infrastructure and player bonuses, Wrexham FC is set to make a mark on the English football scene.