CHRIS SUTTON: Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are struggling to score, yet Liverpool are repeatedly crossing the ball and results aren't changing. So, on this Wednesday evening, in this community pub in the market town of Wrexham in the northeast of Wales, Aviation seemed the fitting tipple to toast Reynolds’ newest investment. And that’s not just the gin talking. The American duo won approval from 98 per cent of club members to get to this stage, and a takeover could see £2million invested in the fan-owned club. Reynolds and McElhenny have already confirmed that their ownership journey will be the subject of a documentary. Let's go lads.'. The word that Harper has heard on the street is they may already be reaping some of their investment with club merchandise getting hot. “To the folks at Saith Seren: Some for you and some for me. "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" actor Rob McElhenney are in talks to buy Welsh soccer club Wrexham A.F.C. Each case contained six bottles of Aviation Gin, a spirit that Reynolds invested in two years ago, invigorated and sold to drinks giants Diageo for more than $600 million (U.S.). But the causes for pride have dimmed of late. It is a hell of a lot of fun. “I’ve always loved his movies. Harper is well-placed to see that. Forty eight hours earlier, the Vancouver native and silver screen superhero had, along with close friend and fellow actor Rob McElhenney, completed their takeover of Wrexham Association Football Club, the third oldest professional soccer team in the world, the oldest in Wales, the beating heart of this town and yet an entity completely unheard of outside the British Isles. Ferguson won 10 senior caps for the Canadian national team and is now goalkeeping coach at the University of Guelph. “That is priceless. Because we’ve had tough times. It’s not like you’re popping down to the supermarket.”. Football is part of the fabric of the place.”. Here is a look at some other examples: Beckham's move to Major League Soccer in 2007 was a landmark moment in the history of the league. He insisted his Vancouver upbringing has prepared him for the clouds. “I imagine if you just Google Wrexham a lot of the first news stories that pop up may not be the most positive things. Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have taken a giant step towards their incredible takeover of non-league football team Wrexham AFC after fans unanimously voted in favour of the sale. But only one club gets automatically promoted into the next division each year and the new North American owners will soon find that the enduring charm of the lower reaches of English football is also its most constant threat — weekly forays into small but intimidating, confounding citadels where chips are permanently affixed to shoulders. The Deadpool star is plotting to make the stunning move to take over the club, in partnership with Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor Rob McElhenney, who was also pictured watching Wrexham in action on Saturday despite being on set! They were handed control on the back of a pledge to invest £2 million (almost $3.5 million) right away. Ryan Reynolds has just followed us on Twitter!’ And then Ryan replies to me asking to save him a drink. permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com, The three cases arrived at the pub door with a short, printed note on a folded sheet of white paper. José Suay Martes 17 noviembre 2020 Ryan Reynolds just bought the oldest soccer club in Wales. But speaking to locals over the past week, it’s clear that the PR push, while endearing and welcome, was nonetheless largely unnecessary. You would say this doesn’t happen every day. Ryan Reynolds and Rob... Will Deadpool rescue Wrexham FC? 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But in Wrexham … it is happening every day. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-8801903 The franchise has gained immense popularity due to its association with celebrity owners - film producer and entrepreneur Juhi Chawla is also an owner - and won the IPL in 2012 and 2014. As a part of his transfer to the Los Angeles Galaxy, there was an agreement that allowed the former England captain to own an MLS team for a discounted fee. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. His ambition was to take Watford form the old Fourth Division to the First Division - and he succeeded. Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are "in it for the long term" as they prepare to finalise their Wrexham takeover, according to former Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore. Proud foremost of its Welsh identity. Before he became United States president, one of Trump's ambitions was to own a sport franchise and he coveted an NFL team. Long enough that their home, the Racecourse Ground, sitting on Mold Road seems particularly apt. 0 comment The GIFT of a case of gin from the Hollywood stars keen to buy Wrexham Football Club to the historic pub alongside the stadium is helping a family support charity backed by North Wales’s policing chief. “It’s got high levels of child poverty. Ryan Reynolds (left) and Rob McElhenney. For all those ancient credentials, much of Wrexham’s modern history has charted struggles and strife, a force fading to something, well, forgettable … and duly forgotten. Little glamour. A few of the players would drive me around the valleys, it was a beautiful part of the world, the countryside. Reynolds, who has varied business interests, last month replied to a 2012 tweet that said: 'You never know when Ryan Reynolds is going to turn up in Wrexham. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Arsenal 'weigh up move for Southampton left back Ryan Bertrand', while Barcelona 'plan... 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'I don't even want to allow a shot on target! Wrexham director Spencer Harris said he had spoken to the duo on a Zoom call last night after the club was backed to hold further investment talks. McElhenney, the mind behind smash U.S. sitcom “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” spotted a GoFundMe arranged for a Wrexham supporter who has cerebral palsy, raising money for a specialist disability bath, and immediately pledged the full £6,000 (about $10,000). Raised in Sydney, the film star bought the Rabbitohs along with businessman Peter Holmes a Court in 2006. He was an early devotee of his local MLS outfit, Vancouver Whitecaps. Dr. Jason Neale and R. Stewart Thompson bought a 50-per-cent stake in third-tier Peterborough United almost three years ago through their Kelgary Sports and Entertainment group. Once the Wrexham Supporters Trust, a fan coalition that rescued the club from the brink of extinction in 2011, overwhelmingly approved the bid last week the duo raised it another notch. ', Reynolds, who has varied business interests, last night replied to a 2012 tweet that said: 'You never know when Ryan Reynolds is going to turn up in Wrexham.' McElhenney is seen holding a lap-top with full attention on Wrexham and ignoring the studio's filming screens. Copyright owned or licensed by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. Reynolds dispatched gin not just to Saith Seren, a non-profit bar and Welsh language cultural centre, but also to The Turf, a more traditional boozer and matchday haunt next door to the club’s ground. Los actores Ryan Reynolds, conocido principalmente por su papel en las películas de Deadpool, y Rob McElhenney, que saliera en Jóvenes prodigiosos entre otra, se han convertido en los nuevos propietarios del Wrexham Football Club, conjunto galés que milita en la quinta división del fútbol inglés. The whole anthem for the club is “Yma o Hyd — We’re Still Here” … through it all. Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have moved a step closer to taking over National League club Wrexham … They fell out of the football league in 2008 and have remained a non-league club since then and became fan-owned in 2011. Driving the club forward first will be no small task. The second, however — to try to “have a separation” with fans, avoiding too much of an emotional attachment — may prove an impossible proposition. As Wrexham’s club chaplain, he visits training once a week and offers a listening ear to players and staff who don’t benefit from the suite of sport psychologists and analysts that giants across the border like Liverpool and Manchester United have. “I’m a little surprised they’ve gone non-league. ‘Mr McElhenney and Mr Reynolds will put forward their vision’ Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are attempting to invest in Wrexham, who sit in the fifth tier of English football. Otherwise it’s just going to be an amazing opportunity to lose vast sums of money.” Reynolds has shown quite a knack for business success already. Neale has two pieces of sage advice for Reynolds. Ryan Reynolds y Rob McElhenney compran un club galés de fútbol, el Wrexham A.F.C. “They usually sell about 25 (jerseys) a day in the shop,” she says. And the pair would have been happy with what they saw as Wrexham began their season witha 2-1 victory over Boreham Wood. to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution The British businessman took over as chairman of the rugby league club in 1997 with a promise to make them the best in the world. They do. But the fact that these two Hollywood stars have chosen Wrexham — the town as much as the football club — to invest in, that means something. FOR 156 years Wrexham FC and Hollywood were not used in the same sentence but, proving life really is like a box of chocolates, they are now! The comments below have not been moderated. Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney on verge of completing Wrexham AFC takeover after fan vote. With a fellow countryman at the helm, he now has few excuses. “It was such a fond time for me,” says Don Ferguson, a goalkeeper who made just 20 appearances in the 1985-86 season but took a lifetime of memories from the place. The Hollywood actors will take ownership of Wrexham AFC, one of … Reynolds also posted a picture on Instagram Live as he streamed Wrexham's match online, Wrexham could see a potential £2million investment from the entrepreneurial actors, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford told ITV's Good Morning Britain that there were 'huge benefits' to the duo being part of Wrexham AFC, and joked: 'If he (Reynolds) can play centre forward, I'm sure he'd be welcome.'. 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Hollywood megastars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are on the verge of completing their takeover of National League side Wrexham AFC after … Ryan Reynolds gifted a case of gin to the Turf in Wrexham. In his work in the diocese and at the Tin Can Youth Centre, he has seen how unemployment, crime and social isolation have affected community morale. The pair have cut a sarcastic promo for the club’s sponsors, a local trailer company that specializes in horseboxes. Former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Phil Neville bought the club in 2014 with it in the Northern Premier League Division One North. “But imagine when they finally come over here and are in the stadium and in the town. “Then Chris, who is the chairman of the board of Saith Seren, says, ‘Wow! The Saputo family who own the Montreal Impact were very much outliers when they bought Italian top flight outfit Bologna six years ago. Although that is a particularly delightful Celtic-Canadian crossover to imagine ... Leafs GM Kyle Dubas pokes his head through the door of the owners’ office. Hollywood duo Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have received the go-ahead from fans to seek governing body approval of their 100 per cent takeover at Wrexham. RYAN REYNOLDS BUYS WREXHAM!Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney by Wrexham. Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are buying Wrexham "But I would like to think that Rob and Ryan think Wrexham is an attractive prospect with fantastic potential. The local wit left a lasting impression. The first: “run it like a business. The Reynolds and McElhenney charm offensive began in early November, as a vote on their proposed takeover approached. “I always look at their results every weekend right up to today. Now he and McElhenney have a club of their own. “It’s obviously great when Ryan Reynolds tweets us back,” laughs Harper. “I’m hoping that the young people that I work with can look at that and realize that actually they don’t just not matter. Salford became full-time in 2017 and now play in League Two following four promotions. Hopefully see you soon.” It was signed “Ryan Reynolds.”. It’s been an adventure. “I’m not surprised that he’s decided to get into football. The Canadian-born actor told his 16.5million Twitter followers: 'Yep, you never know.'. I think it’s difficult to understand just how challenging it is to move up in the league system until you have to do it. Play it now. John stepped down as chairman in 2002. So too is Josh Smith. Wrexham have confirmed that Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney want to invest in the National League club. 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The Broncos finished second in Super League and reached the Challenge Cup final but by 2001 Branson was gone and a slow decline followed. He exercised that option in 2014 and the team played its first match this year. “I have two boys, a 24- and 21-year-old, and they’ve heard all these stories about my time there. One that they’re slightly surprised more Canadians haven’t taken on. He’s going to have a hell of a lot of fun.”. It would be a nice way to go back now, with a Canadian owner in the boardroom. Chasing huge TV revenues, foreign ownership of elite clubs has grown at a frenzied pace, particularly in Britain. “It’s just the recognition, isn’t it?” Harper says. To order copies of It was announced last month that the pair were interested in taking over the club which is the third oldest in the world. The weather can be damp too, drizzle such a common backdrop that fans felt the need to warn Reynolds. It will likely take every penny of that and a fair few more to get Wrexham near their previous heights of the second tier in 1979. What does it mean to be Welsh? This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. All "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds has been given the green light to complete the takeover of Wrexham AFC -- the Welsh club playing in English football's fifth tier -- … It’s not quite the equivalent of the Toronto Maple Leafs being taken over by Welsh crooner Tom Jones, then. From Wrexham’s perspective, the Hollywood duo had them at hello. 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I really want to bring them back. It means you’re not English, for a start. Clarification - Dec. 1, 2020: This article was updated to clarify that only one club is automatically promoted from the fifth tier each year. He’s got a dry humour that’s going to help him a lot in terms of acclimatizing there. Movie stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have swapped the boards, for the borders, and only gone and bought Wrexham FC. According to a report in Bloomberg, they could make about $500,000 (U.S.) an episode as the sports-as-content-fodder trend ramps up. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Newspapers Limited, One Yonge Street, 4th floor, Toronto, ON, M5E 1E6. If Canadians have been scarce in Wrexham, they’ve been almost non-existent in the boardrooms of European football. Republication or distribution of this content is Social and economic problems have long been in the daily forecast locally too, issues only exacerbated by Brexit and the COVID pandemic. Wrexham is in the National Conference, four divisions below the brightest lights of the English Premier League. The singer became club chairman in 1976. Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney hope Wrexham can become “a global force” after the pair confirmed their takeover plans at a supporters’ trust meeting on Sunday, when it … Holmes a Court stood down two years later amid rumours of a rift with Crowe, who remains involved with the rugby league club. Published: 13:42 EST, 3 October 2020 | Updated: 19:50 EST, 3 October 2020. Yet Canadians have so rarely followed suit. Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. It will be wild.”. The Bollywood star bought the team at the inception of the Indian Premier League in 2007. rights reserved. There aren’t many businesses where your fate is heavily linked to events that you don’t control. ': Marco Reus turns on Borussia Dortmund's defenders for 'always making the same mistakes' after defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach sees them drop out of the top four, Judy Murray believes Scottish tennis 'should be a lot further on' and has 'gone backwards' in producing young talent... but she insists Andy and Jamie CAN leave a lasting legacy. Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney 'are backed by firm who helped Fenway Sports Group buy Liverpool in 2010' as Hollywood actors continue bid to take over non-league Wrexham “It’s more than just investing in a football club, it’s about being seen, feeling seen. The town, like so many British coal-mining communities that struggled to fully move on once the pits closed, felt a little forgotten too. “We were looking at these bottles of gin and saying, ‘Wow, you know, I really can’t believe this is happening,’ ” Carrie Harper, a county councillor and club diehard told the Star. In fact, from the EPL all the way down to Reynolds and Wrexham in the fifth tier, there is just one other Canadian ownership group. expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Toronto To order Reynolds is 44 now and while his star turn as Marvel’s Deadpool has cemented his status as Hollywood’s leading action-comedy man, he has spread out into interests away from the screen. By 1986 the league had collapsed and many blamed Trump for its demise. To have people of Ryan and Rob’s stature to have looked at Wrexham and thought, ‘This is worth my time, my energy; these people are worth our time and energy,’ people are taking that to heart.”. 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