/Reynolds and McElhenney attend first Wrexham game

Reynolds and McElhenney attend first Wrexham game

Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds
Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds arrive at Maidenhead’s York Road ground

Wrexham’s Hollywood co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney chose a Tuesday evening in Maidenhead to watch their club in action for the first time.

Reynolds and McElhenney completed their takeover of the club in February.

The pair made their much-awaited first appearance at a Wrexham game at Maidenhead United’s York Road.

They were accompanied by a crew filming an access-all-areas documentary, Welcome to Wrexham.

Up until now Reynolds and McElhenney, both based in America, had been restricted to watching Wrexham matches on streams due to filming commitments and the pandemic.

But the actors attended a first game that had plenty of drama, with Wrexham falling behind to two goals after 22 minutes before having a player sent off.

Wrexham fought back to level at 2-2 before Maidenhead’s Josh Kelly scored a goal that ensured there would be no fairytale ending on this occasion, with the home side winning 3-2.

Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson had been told beforehand that the club’s co-owners would be present but neither he nor the players met with the pair ahead of the game.

“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,” Parkinson said.

“We look forward to meeting them later in the week.

“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.”

Deadpool star Reynolds and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator McElhenney revealed their interest in buying the north Wales club, the third oldest professional club in the world, in September 2020.

Wrexham Supporters’ Trust members voted overwhelmingly to back the takeover two months later after the pair made an online presentation to fans.

The club had been under fan ownership since 2011 following a difficult decade which saw them enter administration and lose their place in the Football League in 2008.

Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson has said Reynolds and McElhenney recognise the “huge potential” of the club.

Reynolds and McElhenney invested an immediate £2m in Wrexham after completing their takeover, with their ambition reflected by a number of notable signings – plus the appointment of Parkinson – over the last few months.

Reynolds stated in November 2020 that the aim was to turn Wrexham into a “global force”.

However, Wrexham have had a mixed start to the 2021-22 season and are 11th in the National League following the defeat at Maidenhead.

Wrexham face Torquay United at the Racecourse Stadium on Saturday, 30 October.