‘Magical’: What did Rob McElhenney have to say about the people of Wrexham?
Rob McElhenney has promised to drink Wrexham dry.
The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor, who has been given the green light to take over Wrexham AFC along with Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, had some nice things to say about the people of the town.
He made the comments after watching a news report about the takeover from the American broadcaster ABC, where journalist Maggie Rulli spoke to a number of locals.
The news package included an interview with Wayne Jones landlord of The Turf in Wrexham, which is right next to the club’s Racecourse ground.
He said: “They’ll certainly be welcomed with open arms and certainly they won’t have to buy a beer, that’s for sure.”
Rob responded to the video by saying: “This town and these people are wonderful. We’re going to do something magical together but first I am going to drink all of their beer.”
Wayne added: “We’re a small town, it’s just a footballing town, it’s hard to describe if you’re not from here I guess.
“I wake up and the first thing I think is ‘have we really been taken over by two Hollywood superstars. Has Deadpool really bought Wrexham Football Club?’
“It’s quite surreal – things like this don’t happen to little old Wrexham.”
Journalist Maggie Rulli said in her report “It doesn’t matter that the team is on back to back to back losing seasons, this town always shows up for their team.
“Despite the losses, thousands still show up for every game.”
She also reported that the club had already sold half the number of football shirts that it normally would in a whole year.
Wrexham AFC Director, Spencer Harris told ABC: “They could have got involved with a football club a couple of rungs higher than where we are currently. But it was the journey they were really interested in, and where the fun will be in seeing how far we can go.”
Formed in 1864, the club is the third oldest professional football team in the world.
It now competes in the National League, which is the fifth tier of the English Football League system. It is hoped by many supporters that Reynolds and McElhenney can bring back the glory days to the club.
As part of the deal they have promised to plough £2 million into the club and have said that they want it to be a “global force”. They have also pledged to “always beat Chester”.