The Citizen (KZN)

Hollywood dream team promoted


– Wrexham’s Hollywood star co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney said they were having the “ride of our lives” after the club sealed a place in the third tier of English football with a 6-0 thrashing of Forest Green on Saturday.

Victory secured Wrexham’s second straight promotion after the Welsh club ended a 15-year absence from the English Football League in April 2023 by winning the fifth-tier National League.

“A few years ago, if you told me I would be crying tears of joy over a football match taking place in north Wales, you would be Rob McElhenney,” wrote Deadpool star Reynolds on X.

“Congrats to Wrexham and to my co-chairman in crime. Double up the town! This is the ride of our lives.”

McElhenney added: “No words.”

Since surprising­ly buying unheralded Wrexham in 2021, McElhenney and Reynolds’ investment has helped lift the team back into the English Football League, while bringing global recognitio­n to the club via a Disney television documentar­y series.

Unlike the rest of their League Two rivals, Wrexham’s growing fame in the United States allowed Phil Parkinson’s side to go on a pre-season tour of North Ameri- ca which included games against Chelsea and Manchester United.

According to accounts pub- lished last month, Wrexham owe McElhenney and Reynolds £9 million after losing £5 million last year.

Elliot Lee opened the scoring before Paul Mullin scored twice, either side of Ryan Inniss’ owngoal, as Wrexham hit four before half-time.

Ryan Barnett and Jack Marriott were on target in the second-half.

Results elsewhere meant the victory secured Wrexham’s place in League One next season, while defeat leaves bottom side Forest Green at risk of dropping out of the Football League. –

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