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King Charles meets Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney on Wrexham AFC visit

09 Dec 2022 4 minute read
Ryan Reynolds talks with King Charles III at Wrexham Association Football Club’s Racecourse Ground. Picture by Jacob King / PA

King Charles met Wrexham AFC co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney as he paid a visit to the football club.

The King and Queen visited the Racecourse Stadium, which was bought by the actors in 2021, on Friday and met players and staff as well as the co-chairmen during a tour of the Racecourse Ground.

Deadpool actor Reynolds and McElhenney, who stars in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, joked they had had etiquette lessons ahead of the visit.

Speaking to media ahead of their meeting, Reynolds said: “I would say that we’re impossibly excited to welcome him to the Racecourse ground, this historic church that resides in the heart of Wrexham and is the heart of Wrexham.

“Rob and I both said early on, and this holds true and for the rest of our lives, we will do anything to uplift and elevate this community and this club and having the King pay a visit is certainly one way to do it. That’s for sure. Very excited.”

The actors said they had not watched the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s controversial Netflix show, which aired the day before the visit.

McElhenney said: “I’ve never heard of it.”

The stars have chronicled their takeover of the club in documentary Welcome to Wrexham, which was being filmed when the King and Camilla visited.

McElhenney said he thought the King must be a fan of the club.

He said: “This is an incoming call. So we hope that he’s a fan. If not, we’ll make him a fan.”

Ryan Reynolds said he hoped to talk to the monarch about the work they were doing to improve the club and stadium.

He said: “I would love to tell him a little bit about what it is that we’re hoping to achieve with the renovation of the Kop stand, and it’s not even a renovation, I would say that it’s a complete reimagining of the Kop stand, and what that will mean to not just the club, but the community of Wrexham as well.”

Asked if he might offer them a gift of Aviation Gin, the company which he owns, Reynolds said: “I don’t want to compete with the Royal gin now. That might create a conflict of interest.”

‘Grass’

The King and Camilla walked through the players’ tunnel onto the pitch at the ground, where they met Reynolds, McElhenney and club executives and greeted players from the first team before posing for a picture.

The King was heard wishing players luck for their upcoming game on Saturday, while Camilla told another player: “It’s an extraordinary story.”

Camilla wore a printed silk dress and Russell and Bromley boots and wrapped up against the cold temperatures in a camel cashmere coat by Anna Valentine and a wide-brimmed fluffy hat.

They watched football demonstrations from the women and youth teams on the pitch.

The Royals also met staff from the club shop, administration team, coaches and medical staff and learned about the redevelopment of the club from strategic advisor to the board Shaun Harvey, as well as meeting contractors and architects involved in the project.

King Charles III and the Queen Consort during their visit to Wrexham Association Football Club’s Racecourse Ground, meeting owners and Hollywood actors, Ryan Reynolds (far left) and Rob McElhenney (far right). Picture by Jacob King

The King joked about the pitch to head groundsman Paul Chaloner, saying: “It is proper grass isn’t it, not that plastic stuff?”

The King and Camilla went on to meet disabled liaison officer for Wrexham AFC, Kerry Evans, and participants of Powerchair football.

Ms Evans, 47, said : “It’s very, very special, what an honour.

“The King and Camilla both said it’s absolutely amazing the work we’ve been doing here.

“I never thought we’d have royalty at the club, now we’ve had Hollywood royalty and real royalty!”

Wrexham AFC was the first club in Wales to offer Powerchair football, a team participation sport for people who use electric wheelchairs.

The royal couple also met 97-year-old Wrexham fan Arthur Massey.


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Argol fawr!
Argol fawr!
1 month ago

King Charles, A king, or Someone’s king. Not THE king…. He’s no king of mine.

Last edited 1 month ago by Argol fawr!
Riki
Riki
1 month ago
Reply to  Argol fawr!

Yeah, people have this weird fascination with trying to make out they are the only Royals left on the planet. King so and so, instead of including that all important Place of Origin after his Name…King Charles of England!!! Not Britain (Wales)

Cynan again
Cynan again
1 month ago

Chucky Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Pappadoulou- Sunderberg-Mountbatten jumping on the bandwagon to try and make it look like he cares about Cymru, now he has the spangly hat.
If he cared, he would not have dumped his kid on us without asking.

Last edited 1 month ago by Cynan again
George Thomas
George Thomas
1 month ago
Reply to  Cynan again

I think it’s possible that Charles cares about Cymru and cares about Windsor royal procedure where that procedure doesn’t care about Cymru.

It’s messy but it makes more sense than him going out of his way to try to control this relatively small bit of land.

Riki
Riki
1 month ago
Reply to  George Thomas

You can’t care for both, the Future of the that institute and them leading it goes directly in hand with the erasure of Wales. As they have no legitimacy over it and they can’t afford the Welsh population realising it. Only one survives in the long term. And I know which one I support!

Nia James
Nia James
1 month ago

The English Establishment know that Wrexham AFC has many supporters who believe in Cymru and our freedom. Hence, they throw Tories and Royals into the Racecourse. Sadly, they are welcomed when they should be politely but firmly shown the door.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

What did I say the other day?

There must be a Lay Line, a Neolithic Ceremonial Way, Pilgrimage Route, Roman and Pre-Roman Road, a Drover’s Track and now a Royal Progression leading up to Wrecsam AFC’s front door…

It is a fairy story come Roy of the Rovers Christmas Special…

Ryan and Robbie, whatever it is, you’ve got it spades, Cheers!

ps tranquilo, carlos could not resist the force.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

The Ryan and Ronnie Story reminds me of two other gents who saw the precious elements embed in this country…Messrs W. Pritchard Morgan and T.A. Readwin …

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Slip of the tongue there ‘ Ryan and Robbie ‘ but there is a great photo of R and R in b/w on the culture page too…

Eifion
1 month ago

Dim wyau I Carlo heddiw
Ieir Wrecsam wedi cael ffliw yr adar mae’n rhaid !!

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

King Spaniel is an English king, not our countries. Shame Rob and Ryan took a big step backwards. You don’t NY put Cymru on the map with this nonsense

NOT Grayham Jones
NOT Grayham Jones
1 month ago

What a miserable bunch you all are- Kerry Evans who does so much good summed up what it meant for people who do not have such massive chips on their shoulders as follows—- The King and Camilla went on to meet disabled liaison officer for Wrexham AFC, Kerry Evans, and participants of Powerchair football.
Ms Evans, 47, said : “It’s very, very special, what an honour.
“The King and Camilla both said it’s absolutely amazing the work we’ve been doing here.
“I never thought we’d have royalty at the club, now we’ve had Hollywood royalty and real royalty!”

Cynan again
Cynan again
1 month ago

Okay kneeler

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