‘They’re serious’: Hollywood co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney watch Wrexham game opener
Hollywood star Wrexham co-owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds were on hand at York Road Tuesday night to watch their team play Maidenhead in the National League.
McElhenney and Reynolds grabbed the headlines after taking 100 percent ownership of the Red Dragons in February of this year.
They took over from the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust and made a Â£ 2million investment under the terms of the deal.
Tuesday’s game was Wrexham’s first game the duo have attended since taking over the club.
Andy Gilpin of the Wrexham Supporters Group said he was “stunned” to see the Hollywood owners in York Road and that their appearance had “given the supporters a boost”.
âWe had an idea that they could have shown up today, but we didn’t really think that could happen until we saw them in the booth,â Gilpin said.
âObviously that gave everyone a big boost – they’re there, you can see them, they were waving to the fans.
“We knew they were in the area and we knew they landed about six hours ago, but we thought it would probably be a game too far for them and then we saw a lot of flight attendants rushing in just before kick off, then the rumor spread that ‘yes they are there’.
âThere’s a hype and then there’s an appearance in Maidenhead that’s not really the kind of entry to Hollywood, it’s very low-key pitch, and seeing two Hollywood stars over there at the middle of the podium, we were just stunned you know.
âItâs quite a statement to come here at Maidenhead away from home and play fair for them. That they come here, it shows that they are serious.
“I didn’t expect them to be here, I thought they would save it for Torquay where they would have a red carpet entry and to see them here was just amazing.”
Hollywood stars arrive at the stadium
After taking over in February, a statement from Reynolds and McElhenney read: âIt is a special day for both of us to become the final stewards in Wrexham AFC’s long and rich history.
“Together with the players, staff, fans and the local community, we can now pursue our goal of growing the squad and bringing them back to the EFL in the face of increased attendance and an improved stadium, while making a difference. positive for the wider Wrexham community.
âThe Wrexham AFC is only able to prosper because of the incredible efforts of the Wrexham Supporters Trust.
“Their members perfectly reflect the integrity and spirit of the city and they will always have an important role in the club.”
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