Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney reveal how Charlie Day got busted drinking beer at a Wrexham game, the advice they gave to JJ Watt at Burnley – and joke their ultimate plan is to build flats to live in INSIDE their ground
- McElhenney and Reynolds have helped to transform Wrexham since taking over
- The club returned to the Football League after a 15-year absence this season
- They reflected on their time in charge and shared several hilarious anecdotes
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney shared several hilarious anecdotes from their first two and a half years as owners of Wrexham as they reflected on their time in football so far.
The Welsh club have been on a remarkable rise ever since the two Hollywood stars took charge in February 2021.
This culminated in Wrexham securing their return to the Football League after a 15-year absence by winning the National League with a record 111 points this season.
And in a wide-ranging and entertaining conversation with the RobRyanRed podcast, the pair discussed several topics including the development of facilities at the club, their promotion celebrations and the presence of major Hollywood celebrities at games.
This has seen the likes of Will Ferrell, Kaitlin Olson and McElhenney’s fellow Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day at the Racecourse Ground.
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney shared several hilarious anecdotes from time at Wrexham
Wrexham were promoted back to the Football League this season after a 15-year absence
The Hollywood stars have revitalised the club and the town ever since arriving back in 2021
Day attended Wrexham’s 3-0 win over Yeovil during the final stretches of the season, where he even joined their substitutes in taking part in the team’s warm-down.
However, McElhenney revealed how his colleague almost landed the club in hot water after not realising he’d broken the law.
‘He was the only one to get busted drinking alcohol because he didn’t know,’ McElhenney explained, in reference to the fact that drinking alcohol in the stands isn’t allowed in the UK but is commonplace across the pond in the US.
‘I mean, what people truly don’t understand is Americans we don’t understand that rule, we didn’t know that was a rule.
‘So he was sitting outside in the box drinking a beer and nobody noticed or didn’t say anything and somebody took a still frame and texted it to me.
‘They said “get your boy off the balcony or you’re going to get a fine” and of course he ran back inside because he had no idea what the law was and that’s something he’ll take to his grave.’
The pair also explained how entertaining their Hollywood friends actually went against something they had agreed after a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat to Bromley in the FA Trophy last season.
McElhenney said: We had an unofficial rule we didn’t stick to after we lost at Wembley in the FA Trophy final last year.
‘We decided no more celebrities because they were just a bad luck charm but I guess we don’t have to worry about that anymore.’
Reynolds chuckled, before he continued: ‘Yeah it sort of worked out. Will (Ferrell) saw a great game. Emma (Corrin) saw an amazing match as well.
‘Glen (Howerton) and Charlie (Day) and Kaitlin (Olson) saw a great one. We’ve had Paul and Joe Russo. They saw just the one to end it. I mean that was just the most incredible thing.’
They have been a visible presence at games alongside several celebrities this year
They revealed Charlie Day (second right) got busted drinking beer at a Wrexham game
Reynolds also explained what advice they had passed onto new Burnley investor JJ Watts
Reynolds and McElhenny – who also joked their long-term plans include wanting to build two apartments inside Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground to live in – have been widely-praised for their work in revitalising both the club and the town since arriving in north Wales.
They have joined the trend of a rise in American ownership of UK teams, with the latest figure being NFL legend JJ Watt who recently became a new minority investor in Burnley.
And Reynolds – who spoke to Watt after his investment – revealed the advice he passed on to his fellow countryman.
He said: ‘I don’t pretend to be some kind of football oracle. I think that’s been our secret weapon as we’ve progressed through this.
‘I just told JJ everything I could possible tell him about my experience with football ownership which may not be the same as his experience.
‘Rob and I have always looked at ourselves as more stewards for the club rather than owners. We take our role as chairmen very seriously so yeah my biggest advice to JJ was just to listen (to the fans) as much as you can.’
Reynolds continued: ‘He comes from a place where his entire life has been sport so I assume he has a really formulated opinion and idea on how massive sport entities work and he’s probably bringing a lot of experience to the table.
‘These clubs are incredibly tethered to communities and you have to go part and parcel with the community and everything.
‘So my advice is just to listen.’
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