PICTURE by @RMcElhenney (Twitter).
IT IS the news that all the Wrexham AFC faithful have been waiting for – and it was finally made official last night.
Hollywood duo Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have taken 100% control of the National League club from the Wrexham Supporters Trust. The stars of ‘Deadpool’ and ‘It’s Alway Sunny in Philadelphia’ have invested £2m into the Reds under the terms of the deal.
News of the proposed takeover was first mentioned back in September of last year, and fans have waited patiently and anxiously ever since. But, now they can put their minds at ease after the A-listers themselves confirmed that the takeover IS HAPPENING via their social media last night.
Reynolds and McElhenney have even jokingly changed their names (perhaps temporarily bu maybe even permanently!) to ‘Wryan Reynolds’ Wrob McElhenney’ to tease the announcement and send Twitter into meltdown.
It had already been a great night for the club as Kwame Thomas’ double was enough to earn them a 2-1 National League win at Altrincham. But, it got ever so slightly better for the club and its supporters when this Tweet was published …
Speaking on the takeover, the pair released a statement to the Wrexham faithful, to tell them of their intentions in future.
Among them were helping the club return to the English Football League (EFL), working on a new women’s football initiative and identifying new players to bring in. All of which, will no doubt excited all connected to Wrexham AFC.
The full statement read: “It is a special day for the two of us to become the latest stewards in the long and storied history of Wrexham AFC. Together with the players, the staff, the fans, and the local community, we can now pursue our goal to grow the team and return it to the EFL in front of increased attendances, and in an improved stadium, while making a positive difference to the wider community in Wrexham.
“Wrexham AFC is only in a position to thrive because of the incredible efforts of the Wrexham Supporters Trust. Their members are a fitting reflection of the integrity and spirit of the town and they will always have an important role at the club.
“Since the Wrexham Supporters Trust put their faith in us, at the members vote in November, we’ve been getting to know people in Wrexham to understand how we can help move the club forward through our four guiding principles:
- to protect the heritage of Wrexham AFC;
- to reinforce the values of the community;
- to use our resources to grow the exposure of the club at home and abroad;
- and to create a winning culture
“The work has already begun with Gemma Owen and Steve Dale in the community team on a new women’s football initiative. We are also committed to investing in current and identifying future members of the first-team squad as we build towards a promotion-challenge.
“In addition, we are in the process of developing an outstanding team off-the-field by combining the know-how of the committed club staff and volunteers with new hires and experienced advisors. Our CEO search is progressing, and we expect to have someone in place before the end of the season.
“All of these people will help us create the kind of commercial opportunities that the third-oldest club in the world deserves, and we will reinvest that revenue back into Wrexham AFC and the community.
“2020 was a difficult year and there are likely to be further public health challenges in the months ahead, but we hope to be cheering the team on from the stands as soon as it’s safe to do so in 2021.”
The club has come a long way since the dark days of 2004 – when it was put into administration, after being granted an order at the High Court whilst under then-owner Alex Hamilton. They were subsequently relegated from the English Football League in 2008 and never bounced back.
The fans have been through very tough times indeed, but remain amongst the most loyal and most die-hard supporters around. They’ve always deserved better than what they’ve been through over the past 13 years or so and so is it now time for North Wales’ sleeping giant to arise once more?