Nevertheless, as they spoke to press underneath wet gray clouds for greater than an hour, McElhenney, particularly, spoke with obvious sincerity of their willpower to revive a sleeping dragon. Watching his different beloved workforce, the Philadelphia Eagles, win the Tremendous Bowl for the primary time in 2018 “was one of many best days of my life”. “I feel that is gonna in all probability going to surpass that,” he added.
This week has been the primary time the America-based actors have spent an prolonged interval in Wrexham since taking 100 per cent ownership of the National League club in February.
Neither actor knew a lot in regards to the membership when McElhenney first known as Reynolds throughout the peak of the pandemic to say he needed to enter soccer possession. They finally arrived at Wrexham after advisors advised them it was probably obtainable and so they discovered in regards to the space’s close-knit working class neighborhood.
Outlined their willpower for a membership fashioned in 1864 and the third oldest skilled soccer membership on the planet, Reynolds stated: “We’ve been stunned how emotionally invested my family and friends are on this. It’s one thing extremely contagious.
“It’s been robust because it’s been a yr plus (since making their bid to purchase Wrexham in September 2020) watching from afar and following on social media. I don’t profess to be a soccer professional, however I see the fantastic thing about the fan and I see it by means of others. We’d be mendacity if the dream wasn’t the Premier League. We wish to get again within the Soccer League and proceed our manner upwards.”
Wrexham, with new supervisor Phil Parkinson on the helm, have made a mediocre begin to the season following substantial summer time funding. The Crimson Dragons are eleventh within the Nationwide League after solely 4 wins from their first 11 video games.
“Why not dream large?” stated McElhenney of the prospect of reaching the Premier League. “Promotion and relegation, they’re large stakes. That was the important thing to all of it. It’s not one thing we’re used to again residence. The membership has been on this league for 13 years and a few issues are going to have to alter.
“Some nice folks have stored the membership alive on this time, however we’re going to make some changes to fulfill the modifications wanted.”
The pair, who’re taking centre stage in a brand new access-all-areas documentary in regards to the membership, insist they’re at Wrexham for the lengthy haul. Reynolds stated he was used to the moist climate “coming from Vancouver” whereas Philadelphia-born McElhenney stated it “felt like residence”.
“We needed to purchase a membership that had a historical past and a connection to the neighborhood,” stated McElhenney, who admitted he had fulfilled a boyhood dream by stepping on the pitch of the membership he owned and collaborating in a penalty shoot-out with the Wrexham gamers. After we checked out golf equipment the listing obtained smaller and smaller and nothing got here near Wrexham.
“The bottom looks like a cathedral and stuffed with the spirit of people that have been earlier than. This membership has been right here 160 years when none of us have been alive and will probably be right here in one other 160 years.”
Requested which movie star pal he wish to convey to Wrexham, Reynolds selected actor and comic Will Ferrell, however he insisted it was the membership’s legacy that’s vital to him.
Reynolds – the second highest-earning actor on the planet – and non-league soccer membership Wrexham confirmed the unlikeliest of takeover approaches a yr in the past. He spent a few of his spare time in lockdown swotting up on the membership’s historical past, not least by watching outdated footage of the well-known 1992 FA Cup giant-killing of reigning league champions Arsenal.