Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have become the new owners of the Welsh football club, Wrexham AFC.
Their takeover bid was supported by the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST), with 98.6% of the members voting to back their bid. Out of 2,000 members, 1,809 approved, confirming the two celebrities as the new financial backers of the club.
After the vote had been counted in favour of them, the two celebrities confirmed their mission statement, saying, “Our goal is to grow the team, return it to the EFL in front of increased attendances at an improved stadium while making a positive difference to the wider community in Wrexham.”
They went on to highlight the four principles they were aiming for as the new owners, including: the protection of Wrexham’s heritage, the reinforcement of community values and traditions, to use their status to help bring the club more exposure, and to gain success on the field.
Reynolds and McElhenney also stated their intentions to renovate the team’s stadium, the Racecourse Ground, and, made continual promises that Wrexham AFC would gain new wins over their bitter rivals, Chester FC.
The two celebrities issued support for the club staff, saying, “We want to provide comprehensive financial support for the manager and his coaching team and build a sustainable model which will attract the best players and staff to the Racecourse Ground”.
Their takeover is said to bring an investment of £2m to help propel Wrexham to the heights of the football league.
Wrexham Supporters Trust wished the pair “the very best of luck in charge” and added they “look forward to what the future brings”.
Following their takeover, Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore revealed that he would be acting as an advisor to the two celebrities, wanting to “give back” to the club he followed so closely back in the ’70s.
Wrexham AFC, based in North Wales, was founded in 1864 and currently play in football’s fifth tier, following their 2008 relegation from the Football League.
To read Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s full mission statement, click here.