Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have completed their remarkable takeover of National League side Wrexham and are already vowing to return the historic club to the EFL, as well as the more important pledge to ‘always beat Chester’.
Reynolds and McElhenney have fully embraced their new ownership and have taken Wrexham to heart in recent months, even renaming themselves as ‘Wryan’ and ‘Wrob’ on Twitter.
They toasted the takeover with a celebratory Aviation Gin, the official gin of Wrexham AFC.
But despite being known for comedy, the pair are deadly serious about Wrexham.
“We’re two people who’ve made a career of never taking ourselves too seriously. However, we realise taking stewardship of this great and storied club is an incredibly serious matter and something we don’t take lightly,” a mission statement read.
Reynolds and McElhenney want to protect the heritage of 156 years of Wrexham and the Racecourse Ground and reinforce the ‘values, traditions and legacy’ of the club, fans and local community. But they are also determined to build and invest and have pledged to use their resources to grow the global appeal of the third oldest club in the world, while still rewarding the loyalty of existing fans that have continued to stand by Wrexham.
“Everything we do will be informed by these four principles and never one without the other. We want to be part of Wrexham’s story, not drag the club into ours,” they said.
Among the ‘hard promises’ are plans to renovate the Racecourse Ground, invest in a permanent training facility, guarantee the club will be rebranded or relocated, and always respectfully observing the Gresford Colliery Disaster that killed 266 miners in Wrexham in 1934.
“Under any other circumstance, we’d be in Wrexham right now, touring the Racecourse Ground, having a pint with supporters in person,” they said.
“But 2020 has other plans for us all. We hope you’ll put your trust in us, because we’ll work every day, for as long as you’ll have us, to ensure the world knows that Wrexham is the name.”