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Ryan Reynolds brings boozy star power to Wales

He SHOTS, he SCORES! Ryan Reynolds brings boozy star power to Wales as he downs drinks during his first visit to Wrexham FC… eight months after buying the non-league team


They made the shock move of buying a non-league football team earlier this year.

And Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia actor Rob McElhenney were bringing their star power to Wales on Thursday as they were seen taking shots ahead of giving their first press conference at Wrexham FC.

The pair, aged 45 44, took over the non-league side back in February and watched their first game in person during Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat to Maidenhead. 

Owners: Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia actor Rob McElhenney were bringing their star power to Wales on Thursday as they were seen taking shots ahead of giving their first press conference at Wrexham FC

Ryan went for a pared-back look comprising a baggy white shirt and baseball cap as he downed shots while celebrating their arrival.  

The pals have moved on to North Wales and despite their media duties, they have been able to enjoy themselves by having a drink at the Racecourse Ground. 

They are expected to be present for Saturday’s visit of Torquay United and a viewing platform has been built for the owners into the Macron Stand.  

Earlier in the week, the duo got a first taste of life as a football owner as they jetted in to the UK and went to straight to Maidenhead to watch Wrexham’s latest match.

Stars: The pair, aged 45 44, took over the non-league side back in February and watched their first game in person during Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to Maidenhead

Stars: The pair, aged 45 44, took over the non-league side back in February and watched their first game in person during Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat to Maidenhead

Sportsmail reported that the Hollywood pair, who invested £2m when they finalised the deal to buy Wrexham in February, would be travelling over from the United States this week to watch their first match since purchasing the club in February.

They arrived minutes before kick-off to a barrage of camera flashes and were carefully escorted into the stand by an extensive security team.

Both sides threw everything at it but it was heartache for the stars when Josh Kelly sealed victory for Maidenhead when he made it 3-2.

Happy days: He was seen posing on the pitch

Happy days: He was seen posing on the pitch 

Afterwards, Ryan wrote on Instagram: ‘Football is a beautiful, heartbreaking, soul-deadening, evil and gorgeous game and I’m never sleeping again.’

Manager Phil Parkinson said after the loss: ‘They flew in today and they were trying to keep a low profile but I imagine it’s fairly difficult to be low profile and they let us get on with it. We look forward to meeting them later in the week.

‘I’m really disappointed for them that we haven’t been able to come away with at least a draw. But that’s football. It can be a brutal industry.’ 

The co-owners have been determined to make their first visit together, rather than individually, but due to their schedules it proved difficult. Travel plans from the United States and Canada thwarted a previous attempt last season.

But with Reynolds last week announcing he is taking a sabbatical following conclusion of filming upcoming Christmas film Spirited, and McElhenney finished with season 15 of his show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a gap appeared for them to visit on Tuesday night.

In depth: The co-owners were chatting on the pitch

In depth: The co-owners were chatting on the pitch 

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