Nestled in the heart of North Wales, the journey of Wrexham A.F.C has been the talk of many football fans and pundits, as they have emerged from the Vanarama National League under the ownership of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny.
The club have already enjoyed success under Reynolds and McElhenny, despite their short time as owners, helping the club reach the Football League for the first time since 2008. Acquiring the club in November 2020 for roughly £2million, the Hollywood actors have not only injected a sense of celebrity glamour in the historic club, but have also demonstrated a deep commitment to the community and the sport itself.
Reynolds and McElhenny's brief tenure as owners has already seen the club achieve remarkable success, culminating in their return to the Football League after a 15-year absence. This resurgence is not merely a product of financial backing; it's rooted in their ambitious initiatives and their genuine connection with the fans. The ownership duo's approach has been pivotal in Wrexham's promotion bids, and it has revitalised the spirit of the city.
One of the most notable developments during their ownership has been the astute signing of former Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, as well as the previous signing of former England and Premier League goalkeeper, Ben Foster. These players have helped bring some needed experience and a wealth of knowledge to the team, providing the guidance and leadership needed to navigate the intricacies of lower-league football. But the owners' smart transfer decisions don't stop there.
The acquisition of Sam Dalby from a financially struggling Southend United is another testament to their foresight and understanding of the game. Dalby's arrival has injected a type of hunger into the squad, making him a vital asset as they continue their journey to further promotions up the football league. The young midfielder currently has 3 assists this season, despite hardly featuring in the starting eleven, giving Wrexham a strong and valid option from the bench should they need it.
Wrexham will now look to build on their progression into the Football League, as they aim for League One football in the 2024/25 season. The Welsh side currently sit in a very impressive 3rd after 15 games this season, just one position below their promotion rivals of last season, Notts County, as they continue to defy expectations.
Despite many thinking the challenge would be too great for the Red Dragons, they continue to turn heads with their never-say-die attitude towards games under Phil Parkinson.