For most soccer followers, supporting their favourite membership entails shopping for some merch and getting rowdy at matches. For Ryan Reynolds, it means shopping for a complete crew. The Deadpool star partnered with Rob McElhenney, greatest recognized for his position as Mac on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, to buy Wrexham A.F.C., a National League soccer crew (or soccer crew, relying on the place you reside) based mostly in Wales.
Reynolds and McElhenney introduced the transfer yesterday, and in keeping with The Guardian, the duo obtained full management of the membership for a purchase order value of £2 million—however solely after a vote of confidence from the crew’s followers. Members of the Wrexham Supporter’s Trust, the crew’s proprietor since 2011, held a vote on the sale in November, and 98 p.c of the ballots forged supported Reynolds and McElhenney gaining management. In a statement, the Wrexham Supporters Trust urged followers to “unite behind our new owners, the Club, and the team as they look to return Wrexham to the heights we have all dreamed of.”
On Twitter, Reynolds took a characteristically tongue-in-cheek method to the information of his newest enterprise deal: He and McElhenny “rebranded” by including a “w” to their show names.
There are not any small bottles, Wrob. Only small homeowners…. with small bottles.
p.s. We have the identical lawyer. https://t.co/2KzLWRZFO3
— Wryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 9, 2021
While the brand new homeowners have definitely introduced some further consideration to the membership, Wrexham has an extended historical past. Founded in 1864, it’s the third-oldest skilled soccer membership on the planet. The crew has hopes of ascending into the English Football League—the next-highest league inside the English soccer system, one step under the Premier League. Reynolds and McElhenny have pledged to make use of their assets and star energy to place the membership on the trail to success. According to a statement from the crew, the cash from the sale will likely be used to help the ladies’s soccer program and purchase new gamers. The crew additionally goals to have a brand new CEO in place earlier than the tip of this season.
“It is a special day for the two of us to become the latest stewards in the long and storied history of Wrexham AFC,” Reynolds and McElhenney mentioned within the assertion. “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.”
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