King Charles and Camilla meet Ryan Reynolds at Wrexham AFC
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King Charles and Queen Camilla visited Wrexham AFC on Friday as part of their tour to celebrate the area’s city status The royals met with actors Ryan Reynolds, from the ‘Deadpool’ superhero movies, and Rob McElhenney, from the sitcom ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’, who are the football club’s owners.
King Charles apparently joked with the Hollywood pair as they walked across the Racecourse Ground, which is the oldest international stadium in the world according to the Guinness World Records.
His Majesty said to dignitaries later: “A little earlier today, I had the opportunity to see one of the other wonders of Wrexham, namely the football club, which is busy putting Wrexham on the map as never before.”
The royal spoke with team players during his visit and wished them luck for their next match away at Eastleigh on Saturday.
McElhenney and Reynolds bought the football club in early 2021 with little knowledge about the sport, or the local area and had not even met in person before becoming co-owners of the Red Dragons.
However, the pair wished to help Wrexham, which is the third oldest football club in the world, get promoted to a better league, as the Welsh club currently plays in England’s fifth tier.
Reynolds later told reporters that day that both actors have pledged to try and elevate the football club as well as the local community.
He said: “We’ll do anything to uplift and elevate this community and this club, having the king pay a visit is certainly one way to do it, that’s for sure.”
The co-owners have documented their journey in the Disneyplus sports documentary ‘Welcome to Wrexham’, which premiered this summer.
In the series, Wrexham AFC was described to be “struggling” following the suspension of the National League due to the Covid pandemic in 2020.
They added that the club had been experiencing a “threat to the[ir] continued existence” and the management before 2011 had “mismanaged the club to the point of near collapse”, with fans “starting to fall out of love with it”.
Since the Hollywood actors bought the football club for £2million, Wrexham has risen in the rankings of the National League, and in the 2021-2022 season, they finished 2nd as runner-ups.
Both celebrities have said the documentary had to strike a balance between making sure the series was about the people of Wrexham and what the club transformation would mean to them while using their status as Hollywood actors to get promotions for the team.
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Reynolds said: “Well, I think the early edict we had was that we want to be a part of Wrexham’s story. We don’t want to drag Wrexham into our story.”
He added: “I mean, we don’t want to centre ourselves so much so that it becomes the ‘Rob and Ryan Show.’ But at the same time, we want to give our viewers insight into the absolutely remarkable and insane tightrope walk it is to attempt something this crazy and unexpected.
“This is the third oldest professional football club on Earth that plays in the oldest international stadium on earth. It is serious business to each and every person. I don’t care whether you’re five years old in Wrexham or you’re 95 years old. There is a passion.”
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