WREXHAM, Wales (AP) – Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are officially the new owners of Welsh club Wrexham, the third oldest professional team in football.
“I can’t get to the Racecourse Ground fast enough. Keep playing, ”Reynolds said on Twitter early Wednesday.
The late Tuesday announcement was a formality as the acquisition was approved in November.
The new owners have big plans for Wrexham, which plays in the fifth division of English football, and announced a $ 2.7 million equity investment.
“Together with the players, the staff, the fans and the local community, we can now pursue our goal of growing the team and returning it to the EFL in front of the increased attendance and in an improved stadium while making a positive difference the wider Wrexham community, ”Reynolds and McElhenney said in a statement.
They previously outlined their vision of making Wrexham a “global force”. The plan is to document their first foray into the sport on a behind-the-scenes TV show.
Wrexham was founded in 1864 and has been a fan club since 2011. The Wrexham Supporters Trust previously voted in favor of the takeover.
“We urge all fans to unite behind our new owners, the club and the team to bring Wrexham back to the heights we’ve all dreamed of,” read a statement of confidence.
Wrexham plays in the National League and has been outside the four major pro leagues in English football since 2008.
Canadian born Reynolds is best known for starring in the “Deadpool” films. McElhenney, a friend of Reynolds, is an American actor who created the television show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.
The equity stake is nearly $ 70,000 for the club’s women’s football program.
“We are also committed to investing in current and future members of the first-team squad to meet an advancement challenge,” said the new owners.
They expect a chairman to be appointed before the season ends.
“2020 has been a difficult year and there will likely be more public health challenges in the months to come,” they added, “but we hope to be able to cheer the team on from the stands as soon as it is safe to do so in 2021. “