Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds want to turn National League club Wrexham into a “global force”.
Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney want to buy the club from fan owners Wrexham Supporters Trust.
Deadpool star Reynolds and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s McElhenney shared their vision with members of the club’s Supporters Trust on Sunday.
“This is the third oldest club on the planet and we don’t see why it can’t have a global appeal,” said Reynolds.
He was speaking during a virtual presentation to Trust members, after which the duo issued a mission statement in which they pledged to “always beat” arch-rivals Chester.
They also pledged:
- “To protect the heritage that has made Wrexham AFC and the Racecourse Ground such a special place to watch football for the last 156 years.
- “To reinforce the values, traditions and legacy of this community. We understand and respect the intense loyalty and love for this club and how it’s woven into the fabric of the town and its supporters.
- “To use our resources to grow the exposure of the club. Of course, this would be in concert with protecting the heart and spirit of a community-led historical icon. But why can’t the third oldest club in the world have a global appeal?
- “To reward the faith of the supporters who have stood by Wrexham AFC through its history by putting everything we have towards what all fans want most for their club, and that is to… WIN, WIN, WIN.”
Reynolds added: “Our intention is to become part of the Wrexham story rather than Wrexham becoming part of our story.”
Reynolds also said he and McElhenney intend to attend games when work commitments allowed them to.
The pair set out their plans for the club at the virtual meeting after Trust members voted 95% in favour of holding talks with the pair.
They also answered fans’ questions during the online gathering.
Any potential takeover could lead to £2m being invested in the club, which has been in fan ownership since 2011.
More than 2,000 WST members can vote to decide the club’s future and for the resolutions to be approved, 75% of members who respond to the ballot must vote in favour.
Trust members had received voting packs ahead of the presentation detailing the next steps of the proposed takeover bid by The R.R McReynolds Company.
Members will be able to vote from Monday, 9 November until Sunday, 15 November and a decision is expected the following day.
The north Wales club, formed in 1864, play in English football’s fifth tier following their relegation from the Football League in 2008.