Hollywood goes to Maidenhead! Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney jet in to watch conference side Wrexham for the first time since taking the team over and investing £2m
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney got a first taste of life as a football owner as they jetted in to the UK and went to straight to Maidenhead to watch Wrexham’s latest match.
Sportsmail reported that the Hollywood pair, who invested £2million when they finalised the deal to buy Wrexham in February, would be travelling over from the United States this week to watch their first match since purchasing the club in February.
They arrived minutes before kick-off to a barrage of camera flashes and were carefully escorted into the stand by an extensive security team.
McElhenney sported a puffy Wrexham jacket, accompanied by a Wrexham AFC snapback hat, while Reynolds chose a navy coat and a darker overcoat for the cold Tuesday night match.
Ryan Reynolds (left) and Rob McElhenney (right) touched down in the UK to see their first game as owners of Wrexham AFC on Tuesday – an away league game at Maidenhead United
The Hollywood pair took their place at Maidenhead United’s York Road stadium for the game
Despite Wrexham losing 3-2, the pair had a picture with Maidenhead chairman Peter Griffin
Things got off to a rocky start for the Hollywood stars as Kane Ferdinand put Maidenhead United ahead on the break to make it 1-0.
Two minutes later things went badly wrong when Maidenhead scored again to make it 2-0.
When winger Bryce Hosannah was shown a straight red card to reduce Wrexham to 10 men it appeared it was a nightmare visit for the owners but like all good Hollywood movies there was plenty of drama to come.
Even with one player less Wrexham were keen to impress the actors in the stands and star striker Paul Mullin reduced the deficit to make it 2-1 before half-time.
When the game restarted in the second half local Wrexham hero Jordan Davies made it 2-2 with a stunning goal from 25 yards out and the owners were seen high-fiving in delight.
Both sides continued to throw everything at it but it was heartache for Reynolds and McElhenney when Josh Kelly sealed victory for Maidenhead when he made it 3-2.
Afterwards, Reynolds wrote on Instagram: ‘Football is a beautiful, heartbreaking, soul-deadening, evil and gorgeous game and I’m never sleeping again.’
Manager Phil Parkinson said after the loss: ‘They flew in today and they were trying to keep a low profile but I imagine it’s fairly difficult to be low profile and they let us get on with it.
‘We look forward to meeting them later in the week.
The pair will visit the Racecourse Ground for the first time on Saturday against Torquay United
‘I’m really disappointed for them that we haven’t been able to come away with at least a draw. But that’s football. It can be a brutal industry.’
Many expected that match to be Saturday’s visit from Torquay United but they pulled a surprise by turning up at Maidenhead’s York Road stadium.
Reynolds and McElhenney have been determined to make their first visit together, rather than individually, but due to their schedules it proved difficult.
Travel plans from the United States and Canada thwarted a previous attempt last season.
But with Reynolds last week announcing he is taking a sabbatical following conclusion of filming upcoming Christmas film Spirited, and McElhenney finished with season 15 of his show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a gap appeared for them to visit on Tuesday night.
It has been a mixed start to the season for Wrexham, managed by former Bolton and Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson, as they sit 11th, 13 adrift of league leaders Grimsby Town.
Reynolds and McElhenney are transforming the fifth tier football side into a ‘global force’
Reynolds and McElhenney sealed their takeover of the National League side back in February, purchasing it from the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust.
They immediately invested £2million into the club and their profile as co-chairmen has seen sponsors including TikTok and Expedia brought in as official partners.
Asked why he got involved, Reynolds told The Telegraph: ‘I am proud to say it was never a joke.
‘We take the growing and building of both Wrexham AFC and Wrexham the community very seriously.
‘In a town like Wrexham, if the football club is going to do very well, the community has to do very well.’