You may have never heard of Wrexham AFC, but you might do soon. In fact, don’t be surprised to see a Netflix docu-drama on them since Hollywood A-lister, and one of the highest earning movie actors, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, have had their takeover bid approved by the club’s Supporters Trust. Wrexham Supporters Trust members voted 98.6% in favor to accept the offer of Deadpool star Reynolds and fellow actor McElhenney, who told them last week that they plan to turn the Welsh football club into a “global force”. Founded in 1864, Wrexham A.F.C. is one of the oldest clubs in all of world football.
The proposed takeover would lead to £2 million being invested in the club, which has been in fan ownership since 2011, and a Netflix-style documentary. Reynolds and McElhenney presented their vision to trust members on November 8 at a virtual meeting, and told them they wanted to attend as many games as possible and “have a pint with the fans”. The supporters’ group said: “Subject to final agreement, league and FA confirmation – the RR McReynolds Company, LLC will take 100% control of Wrexham Football Club Limited from the WST. Both actors are understood to be prepared to use their own money, marketing and fame to help the Welsh side return to their past glory days of the 1977-78 campaign where they made it to the FA Cup quarter-finals and clinched the Third Division title.
The actors both tweeted “Wrexham is the name” alongside a crest of the club which was formed in 1864 and play in English football’s fifth tier following their relegation from League Two in 2008.
This has been an incredible year for Ryan Reynolds business-wise. In August he sold his Oregon-based Aviation American Gin for a cool $610 million to British spirits giant Diageo. According to the press release at the time, the deal was structured with an initial payment of $335 million and a further potential consideration of up to $275 million based on the performance of the company over a 10-year period.