Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham accused of being ‘bang out of order’ as row rumbles on
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Ryan Reynolds has been pulled into an online war of words with the chairman of Accrington Stanley who was left fuming after Wrexham released a statement publicly criticising their opponent’s ticket price policy hours before kick-off on Saturday. The Red Dragons visited the Wham Stadium at the weekend for an EFL League Two encounter against John Coleman’s side, which Stanley went on to win 2-0.
The hosts had decided to increase ticket prices for the well-attended fixture by £5 per ticket to cover the costs of high policing and extra stewarding on the day. In response, Wrexham released a statement indicating that they were not happy with the decision and offered a counter-move to their fans in response.
It read: “In response to Accrington Stanley’s decision to increase the matchday price by £5 from that previously charged at Wham Stadium for league games this season, we have decided to reduce the price of matchday tickets by £5 for the return game at the STōK Cae Ras on 02/03/2023.”
The statement prompted a furious response from Accrington’s long-time chairman Andy Holt, who took to social media to air his thoughts in a succession of posts on X (formerly Twitter).
Holt started by writing: “A better question is why would you put this out a few hours before kick off?”
He then followed his reply up by saying: “When costs are already high @Wrexham_AFC the last thing football needs is stupid mistimed statements. It’s surprising how stupid given a former CEO of @EFL is employed by you.”
After Accrington won the match, a still-riled Holt returned to X to rub some salt into the wounds.
He posted: “Accrington 2 Hollywood nil. I think @VancityReynolds should cut prices by a tenner @Wrexham_AFC. Safe journey home folks. Get that on @netflix Ryan lad.”
On Sunday morning Holt was back online to make another point about Wrexham. This time he wrote: “And @Wrexham_AFC streamed the match internationally, a match that WE paid for and hosted, without us receiving a single $cent. Under rules set by a previous employee of @EFL who now works for Wrexham. So don’t start me off.”
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Despite his X posts attracting hundreds of comments from both Wrexham and Accrington supporters, Holt wasn’t done there either.
After posting an online link to a story about Wrexham receiving £17m in funding from the Welsh government to help rebuild the condemned Kop stand at their stadium, Holt followed it up by writing: “This is state aid. We’ve had zero. In fact we have paid cash into the council. So before @VancityReynolds likes more stupid tweets or whatever they’re called now, he should be mindful of stirring up a hornets nest.”
Continuing to vent his frustration, Holt then replied to a fan, writing: “Pamela, Wrexham charge £24 for every match I’m told. We charge £20 except for 3 or 4 high cost games a season which are £25. Them calling us out on here a couple of hours before kick off was bang out of order. You don’t trigger fans before a big game. It’s that simple.”
Wrexham and Accrington are currently sat in the League Two playoff positions with four points between them as both clubs chase promotion.
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