24 Sep Wrexham fans in shock over Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney interest in club | UK News
Wrexham fans are pinching themselves over potential Hollywood investment from actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.
“It’s gone mad” said Matt Jones, while working the phones in the Wrexham football club shop.
“We’ve had people wanting merchandise from Maryland, Toronto and LA just since this news came out last night.”
And one woman who tweeted about Reynolds coming to the town eight years ago ended up inviting him around for a cup of tea – after he replied on Wednesday to her 2012 post about the possibility of him coming to Wrexham.
Lois Morus told Sky News: “He replied to it and I didn’t even remember the conversation that we had if I’m honest
“It was just a bit mental last night having that message through.
“I have replied to him, I think I’ve just said, ‘just come over for a cuppa or let me know if you’re about’ or something like that.
“I’ve been to a couple of games with my dad in the past, and I’ve been around the stadium a lot.
“It’s nice to have that recognition in Wrexham, as we don’t get a lot of attention really in northeast Wales so it’s brilliant.”
Deadpool star Reynolds and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor McElhenney have been in discussions with the club about investing, and will unveil a full proposal in the coming weeks, which fans with a stake in the club will vote on.
The pair have been holding a series of Zoom meetings with club director Spencer Harris, who describes them as “good, genuine and highly professional” businessmen who are “very serious” about the move.
Lifelong fan Steven Oare, 41, from Shotton near Wrexham, told Sky News: “If this really is genuine and sustained investment then the club will be restored to its former glory.
“The town is alive with rumours – I haven’t felt like this since the FA Cup runs of the 90s.”
At Boarder Collectables in the middle of Wrexham, shop owners Al and Val Gilpin were seeing sales shoot up.
Their Deadpool comics are already popular but now the town is alive with gossip about their Hollywood suitors.
“It’s crazy – everyone is dreaming a bit I think,” Al said.
“You look at who else they could bring in and this could push us right up there – we could easily be a Championship club but who knows?”
Val told Sky News: “I still can’t get my head round it. Deadpool is big in this town – and so is Ryan Reynolds – we might have a ladies-only stand at the ground at this rate.”
“I would say to him just come. Let’s do it. “
The team famously knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup at the Racecourse Ground in 1992.
Last night though they lost at home to Telford in the National League as the news was breaking about potential new investors.
“That was just to manage expectations” joked Mr Harris.
As far as he knows there is no clear reason why they chose Wrexham such as a family link to north Wales.
“Why not? That’s the question we should be asking” he said.
“This is about the club not us as individuals….it’s an important moment but nothing is yet agreed.”
In a matter of weeks the actors will present a detailed proposal to the Supporters Trust so that fans could see how they would like to take the club forward.