With the news that Wrexham A.F.C is set to be taken over by famous actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, many are left asking why Wrexham?
The Hollywood actors said during a meeting with the fans that they had searched across western Europe in search of a football club to takeover. They then identified Wrexham as the perfect side that had all the qualities they desired. But why did the celebrity duo select the non-league outfit?
The third oldest professional football club in the world, who play in the oldest international football ground on the planet. The club has had history throughout its entire existence.
They hold the record for holding for the most Welsh Cups with 23 as well as having won the Football League Trophy and the FA Trophy.
The club is also known for one of the biggest upsets in the FA Cup history when they knocked out reigning English champions Arsenal out of the FA Cup thanks to a long-range free-kick by Wrexham and Manchester United legend Mickey Thomas.
European upsets are also part of the Wrexham’s history having beaten Portuguese giants FC Porto over a two-legged tie in the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Wrexham A.F.C are known for their loyal and passionate fanbase which have stuck by the club during the toughest of times. The Red Dragons have found themselves stuck in non-league for the past 12 years. However, the fans have continued to back the club in hope of one day returning to where they once called home.
The North Wales outfit had an average attendance of 4,057 fans at the Racecourse Ground last season, which is astonishing considering it was the club’s lowest league finish in its entire history.
Known for being the oldest international ground which still hosts international matches, the Racecourse Ground is iconic. The stadium has an original capacity of up to 15,850. However, due to the historic ‘The Kop’ stand no longer being in use, the capacity currently sits at 10,771.
There are current plans set in place for a new Kop stand to replace the original, introducing a new 5,000 all-seater stand. Included in those plans are also a four-star hotel, conferencing facility and improvements to the nearby train station.
The potential of that of the only North Walian professional football club playing in the English pyramid is clear. The fans have continued to back the club during hard times, and should Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney succeed in their ambition to rejuvenate the club, old fans may return. They will also be able to attract new fans to be a part of that journey.
With potential to attract new fans from across North Wales to regular Saturday matchdays, the club can soon see a significant increase in ticket sales.
The possibility of a documentary will not only attract fans from within the United Kingdom but also worldwide.
The Red Dragons have already begun to attract fans across the globe who now want to be a part of the club’s journey. Including some famous faces…
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) October 10, 2020
Filming The Story
During the meeting that Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney held with the fans to propose their takeover plans, it was suggested they may look at a filming a documentary similar to that of the ‘All or Nothing’ Amazon series.
💰 $2m upfront cash investment into the club.
🎥 @Netflix documentary planned.
😍 Supporters can't believe their luck.
— SPORF (@Sporf) November 17, 2020
The documentary will catch all the ongoings behind the club as the Hollywood actors look to rejuvenate the ‘sleeping giants’ and climb the ladder through the English pyramid.
Not only will this help increase the brand of Wrexham A.F.C, but it would also bring in some serious funds for the Red Dragons.