It’s not exactly tinseltown in Corwen, deep in the Dee Valley, North Wales, and local company Ifor Williams Trailers – whose products are precisely what they say on the box – weren’t looking for the Hollywood glamor when she began sponsoring Wrexham, a club whose footballing Championship days seemed long gone.
But, in a development that shocked them and the club’s fans alike, they were thrust into the spotlight on Monday, after it emerged that an overwhelming majority of the club’s fan owners had voted to sell a majority share to actors/producers Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.
Like sports mail revealed in September, the celebs’ plan is to make a documentary series of their property. Buying the club for next to nothing and investing £2m to start transforming it could prove very modest development funding.
Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds is set to take over Welsh National League side Wrexham
National League team fans backed Reynolds’ takeover bid on Monday
Since the pair spoke on a Zoom call to more than 2,000 Wrexham Supporters’ Trust voters last week, there’s been no doubt about the decision to sell.
The pair were hugely impressive, hatching plans to create a global brand, race through the leagues – and make this movie.
“Why don’t we document this? said McElhenney.
“Why wouldn’t we think of Wrexham like Manchester United think of Manchester United?”
Of the 2,000 fans who voted, 1,801 were for, 29 against and 11 abstained.
Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney (pictured), who is also leading the takeover, hope to turn the Welsh side into a ‘global brand’
The couple tweeted clips of themselves watching Wrexham matches, dressed in club tops.
But they reached surreal new realms on Monday, when their first message to fans as “elected owners” saw them suggest the perfect Christmas gift.
Both struggling with their Welsh enunciation (it’s “Ifor”, not “Ivor”, as McElhenney demonstrated better than Reynolds – known for the title role in Deadpool), they left their Twitter followers of 577,000 and 16.8 million respectively without a doubt.
‘Not sure what to get for your special this holiday? Tired of them opening the same old scarf or sweater?
“Nothing says ‘I’m thinking of you – or your horse,’ like an Ifor Williams trailer.”
The Hollywood couple will make a documentary series about their Wrexham property
The city was plunged into a state of delirium.
“It’s a yes from us,” shouted the evening leader. Glory is rare here since the team gave Roma a hard time representing Wales in the 1984-85 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
Manager Dean Keates, whose side are 14th, is hoping for an investment in the team.
And the club’s secondary sponsors just wish they’d taken the plunge like the valley trailer company. “If only we had sponsored the club instead of taking a billboard! tweeted law firm Evans Lamsley.