Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny revealed that shots were raining even before their first home game with Wrexham – in the pub next door!
The famous Welsh club owners have taken to The Turf – just a few meters from the famous Wrexham Racecourse – to meet some of the club’s fans within a few pints.
But they said it turned out to be a much more raucous session than either of them expected.
“I can’t believe how much we ended up drinking in The Turf – especially how many shots we had to sink,” said Reynolds, the Deadpool movie star.
“I wasn’t expecting anything of this magnitude. It was just crazy, and we had a bit of a ‘morning after the night before’ feeling.”
But despite aching headaches at their first official press conference, McElhenney—best known for his role as Ronald “Mac McDonald” on the hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia—was still able to flaunt his “party trick.”
He uttered in a perfect voice the Welsh village of Anglesey which has the longest place name in Europe – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!
McElhenney smiled: “I hope I got that right. I did? Wow.”
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“You can’t imagine how nervous I would have been to say in front of a Welsh audience, although since we first got involved in plans to buy Wrexham it has become a prank of my party.”
McElhenney of Philadelphia, and as a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, his greatest sporting memory to date was watching them win the only Super Bowl title in their 60-year history three years ago.
But he expected watching Wrexham’s home game against Torquay would top that, at least in terms of his emotional involvement.
He added, “I was in that Super Bowl, and I’ve always thought that there’s never anything better than that. But I honestly think this first game on the track is going to be even more special.”
“Ryan and I were in the first leg in Maidenhead on Tuesday, and even though we didn’t get the result, we wanted to get really excited. So our first home game – wow!”
Reynolds was not in the mood to argue. He was on the edge of his seat as the mid-table National League side came back from two goals down to draw with Maidenhead, before slumping to a 3-2 defeat.
He said: “It was obviously torture at times, and my nerves were never fried. We got a little cute teasing from Maidenhead fans, but I just loved every second of it.”
“Everything about this experience so far has been magical, especially the welcome we have had here in Wrexham.
“I live, breathe, and sleep all the agony and beauty of football. It is so exciting, I can’t wait to review it again!”
Reynolds and McElhenney have already pumped £2m into the club since taking over in February, and say their number one goal is to get Wrexham back into the league – they dropped out of the top-92 in 2008.
But McElhenney added: “This is a long-term project, and the ultimate goal is to get to the Premier League.
“We know we’d give people a stick to beat us by saying that, and leave ourselves open to accusations of pie in the sky. But if you’re going to dream, dream big!”
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