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Gallery: The day Wrexham returned to the football league after 15 years

05 Aug 2023 2 minute read
Wrexham Co-Owner, Rob McElhenney (left) in the stands Jacob King/PA Wire.

It was a given that there would be much interest in this game – and this being Wrexham there were just the eight goals on a momentous day for the club.

Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney and fellow Hollywood star Hugh Jackman watched the club’s long-awaited English Football League return end in a 5-3 home defeat at the hands of MK Dons.

Saturday’s encounter was an emotional occasion in north Wales as a sell-out crowd watched their side play their first Sky Bet League Two game since 2008.

But Wrexham returned with a bump in front of ambitious owners Reynolds and McElhenney, with the dominant Dons becoming the first side to win a regular season match at the SToK Racecourse since November 2021.

Despite the defeat there was still the usual smattering of stardust surrounding the club with Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman in attendance, posing for pictures with Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney and Wrexham fans.

Known for his roles in X-Men and The Greatest Showman, Jackman, 54, posted a photo of himself with Reynolds and McElhenney on his social media platforms and said: “Finally snagged an invite. Thanks Wrex.”

If the scoreline and calibre of guests is any measure it’s going to be quite some season at The Racecourse.

Gallery of images from today’s match

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Rhosddu
Rhosddu
8 months ago

Mullen being out of commission is going to be a major problem.

Arthur Owen
Arthur Owen
8 months ago

Welcome back to Football League,Wrexham and Notts Co were head and shoulders above everyone else in the English National League and they both lost yesterday.

Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas
8 months ago
Reply to  Arthur Owen

Very rare for a promoted club to really struggle in League 2. None have ever gone straight back down, the closest was Macclesfield and they were operating on a miniscule budget and almost bankrupt. It’ll be interesting to see how things go, but I don’t think for one moment they’ll have any danger of going down. I anticipate a promotion push from them. I’ve been pilloried elsewhere for even daring to suggest that wealthy benefactors rarely leave a sustainable club behind (Newport’s lottery winning owner was a notable exception), I just hope they can create a solid base for the… Read more »

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