Wrexham’s Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney ‘became text pals’ before buying club
It sounds like the basis for a Hollywood movie, but Wrexham owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney were only really friends over text message when they decided to buy the National League club.
The acting duo are now two of the most famous football club owners in the world, let alone the fifth division of English football. And it all started after Reynolds watched his co-owner in a scene on Netflix hit It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
"Well I reached out to Rob," Reynolds told The Athletic when asked about how the two first met. "As I've gotten older I’ve really grown into a place where, when I see someone doing something that’s amazing, or something that I just love and appreciate, regardless of outcome, I just like to let him know.
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"Rob had done a sequence on 'It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia' that I just thought, pound for pound, was one of the most beautiful three minutes I’d ever seen, on this show that he’d obviously created and worked on for so many years. So I just let him know."
That led to the two becoming friends over the phone. Little did they know at the time that one simple message would spark a chain of events that would see them become owners one of the English football pyramid's sleeping giants.
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"We kind of became friends, like text friends," Reynolds added. "We never actually met or anything like that. So then one day Rob sends me an email that outlines his plan to buy a lower-league club and grow it into something more resembling a global force.
"I just saw the path that he laid out, the phosphorescence in the water so to speak, and I was in. I just thought it was so unexpected and so interesting and I love building businesses and this is a business. So I was excited to dive in and it’s been a real odyssey."
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Reynolds has loved every minute of his journey as Wrexham owner, but it's not been without its drama. From last-minute winners to gut-wrenching defeats and everything else in between, the 45-year-old now knows what it's like to be a real football fan at the foot of the English game.
"It’s also been one of the most high-pressure tightrope walks I’ve ever been on," he continued. "There is so much riding on the success of this club with every single individual in Wrexham. It’s a lot to carry, but I’m not complaining. It’s been one of the greatest rides of my life."
The Deadpool actor, along with the Wrexham fans, will be hoping that rollercoaster ride starts to bring a few more ups in the coming weeks after a mixed start to the season. The Red Dragons kicked off the campaign with a 2-1 win over Eastleigh but are now winless into two after a draw against Yeovil and a defeat to Chesterfield.
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