‘We’d forgot what hope was’: Wrexham buzzes as Hollywood owners reveal next step in football revolution

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have brought optimism to hard-hit town, residents say – now they just need to visit for a drink or two, writes Colin Drury

Saturday 22 May 2021 14:24
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<p>Firing up the Red Dragons: new owners Rob McElhenney (left) and Ryan Reynolds, with Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground behind</p>

Firing up the Red Dragons: new owners Rob McElhenney (left) and Ryan Reynolds, with Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground behind

Thursday afternoon and, in the Turf Hotel pub on the main road into Wrexham, conversation has just turned to the growing possibility that Hollywood A-listers Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney may, one day soon, pitch up here for a pint.

“The way they talk, I see it happening,” says the bar manager. “I’d be speechless. He [Reynolds] has been one of my favourite actors for years so, not going to lie, I’d be starstruck.”

Would the pair get a drink on the house? A look of horror. “Steady on, mate,” comes the deadpan reply. “I don’t like him that much.”

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