Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney purchase Wrexham Soccer Workforce
For most soccer fans, supporting their favorite club means buying merch and getting loud at games. For Ryan Reynolds, that means buying a whole team. The Deadpool star has teamed up with Rob McElhenney, best known for his role as Mac on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, to buy Wrexham AFC, a National League soccer team (or soccer team, depending on where you live) based in Wales.
Reynolds and McElhenney announced the move yesterday, and according to The Guardian, the duo gained full control of the club for a purchase price of £ 2m – but only after a vote of confidence from the team’s fans. Wrexham Supporter’s Trust members, who have owned the team since 2011, voted on the sale in November, and 98 percent of the votes cast supported Reynolds and McElhenney in taking control. In a statement, the Wrexham Supporters Trust urged fans “to join forces behind our new owners, the club and the team to bring Wrexham back to the heights we have all dreamed of”.
On Twitter, Reynolds approached the news of his latest business with a characteristic wink: he and McElhenny were renamed by adding a “w” to their display names.
There are no small bottles, Wrob. Small owners only…. with small bottles.
ps We have the same lawyer. https://t.co/2KzLWRZFO3
– Wryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 9, 2021
While the new owners have certainly paid extra attention to the club, Wrexham has a long history. It was founded in 1864 and is the third oldest professional football club in the world. The team hopes to advance to the English football league – the next higher division in the English football system, one step below the Premier League. Reynolds and McElhenny are committed to using their resources and star power to put the club on the path to success. According to a statement by the team, the money from the sale will be used to support the women’s football program and attract new players. The team is also aiming to have a new CEO before the end of this season.
“It’s a special day for both of us to become the newest stewards in the long and storied history of Wrexham AFC,” said Reynolds and McElhenney in the statement. “Together with the players, the staff, the fans and the local community, we can now pursue our goal of growing the team and returning it to the EFL in front of the increased attendance and in an improved stadium while making a positive difference the wider parish in Wrexham. “
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