Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney closed a $ 2.5 million acquisition on Monday of a Welsh club that plays in the fifth division of English football.
“This is really happening,” Reynolds said at the end of a short video announcing the purchase of Wrexham.
Wrexham was founded in 1864 and is the third oldest professional team in world football. Reynolds and McElhenney recently outlined their vision of making Wrexham a “global force” in a conversation with members of the club’s fan trust.
“You may never have heard of Wrexham, the Racecourse Ground or (sponsor) Ifor Williams,” Reynolds said in a Welsh accent, “but you will.”
Reynolds is a Vancouver born actor best known for starring in the United States Dead Pool Movies. McElhenney, a friend of Reynolds, is an American actor and director who created and starred a television show It’s always sunny in Philadelphia.
Wrexham, a fan club since 2011, said the RR McReynolds Company will take 100 percent control after a fan vote, subject to approval by the football authorities.
“As Wrexham fans we would like to wish you the best of luck for our football club and look forward to the future,” said the trust of the club’s fans.
The National League – the division that Wrexham plays in – has not yet started its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.