Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have shown admirable sportsmanship in the face of financial challenges at Wrexham Football Club. During a recent episode of Welcome to Wrexham, which debuted on Tuesday, October 31, McElhenney, 46, humorously broached the topic of the club’s financial losses. Reynolds, 47, echoed his co-chairman’s sentiment, reflecting their candid approach to addressing the club’s financial situation. Their open and positive attitude demonstrates their commitment to overcoming challenges and steering Wrexham Football Club toward a prosperous future.
When confronted with the financial intricacies of Wrexham AFC, Humphrey Ker, the executive director, playfully described the club’s monetary situation as “loads” of money. Inquisitive and determined, Ryan Reynolds sought further clarification, asking Ker to quantify the term “loads.” It was Shaun Harvey, the Wrexham Advisor to the Board, who shed light on the matter, estimating the financial commitment to be upwards of £10 million, equivalent to more than $12 million. This candid exchange underscores the transparency and forthrightness with which the club’s leadership addresses its financial challenges, showcasing their dedication to confronting issues head-on.
Ryan Reynolds reacted humorously to the revelation, exclaiming, “I’m gonna go throw up,” upon hearing the substantial figure. Shaun Harvey offered reassurance by highlighting that if Reynolds and McElhenney were to sell Wrexham AFC presently, they would secure a sum far exceeding £10 million. Emphasizing the practicality of the situation, Harvey stated that their investment was a long-term commitment. In response, Rob McElhenney wittily questioned, “Let’s just say we’re in it for the rest of our lives. At what point do I get paid?”
Harvey provided an optimistic perspective, explaining that Wrexham’s promotion to a higher league would pave the way for financial gains. It’s worth noting that Wrexham AFC achieved this milestone in April, marking their return to the English Football League after a 15-year absence. This strategic advancement promises a brighter future, demonstrating the potential for financial growth and stability for the club under their ownership.
In addition to discussing financial matters, Shaun Harvey emphasized the significant value derived from Wrexham AFC’s global appeal, which has been instrumental in offsetting the additional costs incurred. Harvey highlighted the positive impact of their international recognition, citing the success of “Welcome to Wrexham” and the growing profile of the club. He expressed confidence that upon promotion, the enhanced visibility would attract additional sponsorship revenue, ensuring the financial sustainability of the club.
Meanwhile, fans witnessed an exhilarating match between Wrexham and their arch-rivals, Notts County, described as “edge-of-your-seat s—t” by Reynolds. In a nail-biting contest, Wrexham emerged victorious with a 3-2 win. The pivotal moment came when goaltender Ben Foster saved the team by blocking a crucial penalty kick, earning high praise from McElhenney, who remarked, “Big man just earned his wage.” Reynolds echoed the sentiment, declaring, “We’re the best in the league.” Their enthusiasm and confidence in the team’s abilities were palpable, reflecting their dedication to the club’s success.
In a lighter moment, both Reynolds and McElhenney playfully agreed to celebrate their goalkeeper’s heroics by humorously pledging to “kiss Ben Foster on the mouth,” showcasing the camaraderie and spirit within the team.
The triumphant victory of Wrexham AFC over Notts County left co-chairmen Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney in awe, proclaiming it as the “greatest moment” of their lives, a sentiment shared with utmost sincerity. Reynolds, ever the humorist, playfully added, “Aside from my family, which I’m required to say,” injecting his trademark wit into the moment.
In addition to their on-field success, the duo received a prestigious accolade, the Freedom of the Borough Award, from the Wrexham council. Acknowledging the honor with genuine gratitude, McElhenney emphasized the profound impact football has as a unifying force. He eloquently expressed his appreciation for the sport’s ability to connect people from diverse corners of the world, forging meaningful connections and fostering a strong sense of community. McElhenney humbly acknowledged his acceptance into the Wrexham community, underscoring the deep respect and gratitude he feels for being embraced by the town.