Profile: Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney - Inside the deal to buy the world’s third oldest club

29 March 2021

Wrexham
Photo: Alamy Wrexham during a narrow 1-0 win against Yeovil Town in the autum in The National League.

Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s takeover of Wrexham is “the good news sports story of the year” says ex-Football league CEO, who is advising the duo.

£2 million equity investment has stabilised National League club’s finances with more to come for youth and stadium redevelopments.

Fly-on-the-wall documentary already filming.

Football and Hollywood cross-promoting brands as eclectic as American gin and a Welsh trailer manufacturer.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

In 1976, while at the height of his fame and the best selling recording artist on the planet, the popstar Elton John bought English Fourth Division team, Watford.

English football was in a period of turmoil – attendances were falling, racism and hooliganism blighted the terraces, the national team unable to qualify for major tournaments – and Watford’s 55-year league history was mostly inauspicious.

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