Following their 3-1 victory against Boreham Wood, Wrexham have secured automatic promotion from the National League to Sky Bet League Two for next season (2023/24). This critical win earned the Red Dragons three valuable points on Saturday, and they still have one game left to play of the National League campaign.
It's worth noting that Wrexham was purchased by both Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, in November '20. Despite criticism of the time and money invested into the club and community, the Hollywood-best-friends deemed the long awaited promotion as one of the proudest moments in their respective lives. Videos have surfaced online showing the post-match pitch invasion, the actors embracing, and McElhenney appearing in tears at the final whistle.
Reynolds commented he felt "a little speechless", while McElhenney expressed that the experience was the "greatest honor" of his life. Talking to BT Sport, Reynolds also stated, "People questioned why Wrexham? What's happening right now is why Wrexham."
After the £2 million takeover of Wrexham in 2021, the third-oldest football club in the world has received substantial investments from its new owners. Their budget and spending have exceeded that of their National League competitors, with an estimated £10 million spent on restructuring. However, this investment has resulted in backlash from opposing fans.
The National League's spending sanctions and adherence to certain protocols are not currently up to the standards of the Football League. Given this, we believe Wrexham has had more freedom to spend and make necessary improvements, including the construction of a new stand to increase stadium capacity and on-site gym as part of the ongoing training facility upgrades.
We can tell by the emotional connection the Hollywood-duo have formed with the club and the community, that they won't be leaving anytime soon. With the spending power and driving force behind the club extremely strong, we predict we could see Wrexham playing Sky Bet League One football as soon as 2025. However, for now, the fans of Wrexham have the floor to celebrate their long waited success and prepare themselves for a new season in a new league, with potentially new faces and more as we await the conclusion of this years League Two season and further information on what we expect to see for the following.