Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds’ gamble on a forgotten English football club paid off

Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds are best known for acting. However, the two 45-year-olds are also business partners. For the past few years they have been co-owners of a relatively unknown British football club, and the couple have helped the club rise to prominence.

Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds bought Wrexham AFC in 2020

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, owners of Wrexham Football Club | Lewis Floor/Getty Images

In November 2020, McElhenney and Reynolds announced, through the RR McReynolds Company, LLC, that they had signed an agreement to buy Wrexham AFC. According BBC Sports, the deal received the support of over 95% of Wrexham’s trust members. At the time, many wondered about the company’s move. After all, Wrexham were not a well-known team.

For nearly 15 years, the Welsh club played in the National League, the fifth tier of the overall English football league system. When McElhenney and Reynolds bought Wrexham, the team had recently come 19th out of 24 places in the National League – the lowest position in Wrexham’s history. Nonetheless, the Hollywood duo hoped to make Wrexham a more competitive team on the world stage.

“It’s the third oldest club on the planet, and we don’t see why it can’t have global appeal,” Reynolds said (via BBC Sport). “We want Wrexham to be a global force.” He added: “Our intention is to be part of Wrexham history rather than Wrexham being part of our history.”

What Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds brought to the team

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Since their acquisition, McElhenney and dead Pool reynolds star delivered on their promise to help Wrexham achieve more success. For example, in June 2022, the players reached an agreement for Wrexham to regain possession of Racecourse Ground, the club’s stadium. Now they plan to upgrade the stadium with new facilities.

Additionally, McElhenney and Reynolds signed many new players for Wrexham. They have also hired manager Phil Parkinson, who is used to helping struggling teams improve their situation.

Of course, McElhenney and Reynolds are using their star power to give Wrexham incredible opportunities. In August 2022, FX and Hulu premiered the docu-series Welcome to Wrexham, which follows the actors’ journey in the revival of Wrexham. Additionally, the club has received sponsorship from famous companies such as TikTok, Expedia, and Reynolds’ Aviation American Gin.

Wrexham AFC celebrate another success

McElhenney and Reynolds’ involvement seems to have helped Wrexham immensely. In the 2021-22 season, Wrexham found themselves in second place, making them eligible for possible promotion to League Two. However, Wrexham lost the playoffs and remained in the domestic league. Nonetheless, the team made it to the 2022 FA Trophy Final in May, losing 0-1 to Bromley.

As reported by Huddle, Wrexham has also seen an increase in social media followers and ticket sales over the past year. People are excited to witness more Wrexham success stories in the years to come.

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