Fans of Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham AFC cause chaos as they rush to buy football club’s new shirt… causing ordering system to crash and touts to cash in and treble price
Fans of Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham AFC have stampeded to buy the team’s new kit – and triggered chaos.
Red-faced club officials saw the demand crash its ordering system, causing a flood of complaints and touts cashing in by selling shirts at treble the price at £180 each.
Club chiefs have apologised to supporters from around the world after its Hollywood takeover by Deadpool star Ryan and fellow actor Rob McElhenney, both 46.
Demand for the team’s new red strip saw the club’s ordering system take multiple payment from some fans before confirming their orders.
The club website admitted it was having problems with the ordering system – as eBay chancers cashed in by selling shirts online for more than three times their retail price.
Mishap: Fans of Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham AFC have stampeded to buy the team’s new kit – and triggered chaos (pictured last month)
Disorderly: Red-faced club officials saw the demand crash its ordering system, causing a flood of complaints and touts cashing in by selling shirts at treble the price at £180 each
The new strip for next season as the team returns to the English Football League for the first time in 15 years was revealed last week with aviation giant United Airlines announced as the new sponsor.
The club apologised for the sales problems but insisted they had not sold out of shirts.
In a statement, they said: ‘Please note, we are aware of delays on the shop website and are working on this.
‘Please rest assured, orders are going through, albeit with some delays, and shirts are in stock. Sorry for any inconvenience.’
One fan said their banking app showed them having bought six shirts when they had only wanted one.
Another wrote online: ‘Despite never getting a completed confirmation at the checkout (just keep looping back to the start), you’ve now debited 4 lots of £114 from my bank and I’m now overdrawn, cheers for that.’
‘Wrexham never make it easy. An hour and a half later I have 2 kits. Waiting to see how much that actually cost me.’
A club spokesperson said they were trying to take action against those selling strips at inflated prices on eBay after some shirts were listed for sale for £180 when the official price is £54.99.
Apology: Club chiefs have apologised to supporters from around the world after its Hollywood takeover by Deadpool star Ryan (left) and fellow actor Rob McElhenney (right), both 46 (pictured in April)
A spokesperson for Wrexham AFC said: ‘We have put restrictions in place to limit the opportunity for re-sale and will be monitoring all multiple purchases to reduce this further.
‘Individuals trying to re-sell shirts for a vastly inflated price on other sites are an unwelcome by-product of our growth in popularity, but will not succeed if supporters stick to official channels only.
‘Thank you once again to all supporters who have bought shirts this morning.
‘We can’t wait to see you in our new United Airlines-sponsored kits throughout the next season.’