Why Wrexham? Why not? New show follows Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney as owners of a struggling football team


Two North American movie stars buy Welsh football team, football club, clwb pȇl-droed. What could go wrong? It looks like we’ll all find out soon in “Welcome to Wrexham”, FX’s new documentary series following the unlikely romance between Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney and Wrexham AFC. The series now has a trailer, and it looks good! The trailer, that is.

I don’t know if the show will be good. But the trailer looks awesome.


While the format of the football team docu-series is well worn at this point, the circumstances in which Reynolds and McElhenney become owners of a Welsh team sitting in English football’s fifth tier gives the series its own hook. natural. And the trailer also gave us all a glimpse of what happens in ‘Welcome to Wrexham’. Let’s move on to what we learned from the teaser.

There really wasn’t a grand plan behind buying Wrexham

If you were looking for a secret reason why Reynolds and McElhenney specifically picked Wrexham over any other lower league club, it doesn’t seem like there was one. As McElhenney tells a young fan in the trailer when asked about the couple’s connection to Wrexham, “We had no direct connection. It was just a feeling.”

Of course, there’s still plenty of room for fan theories. The same young fan espoused his and his dad’s idea that it was because Wrexham and Deadpool’s main color is red, which Reynolds is quick to agree with. But it looks like the two actors initially piloted it, which should at least make for some interesting TV.

The club definitely needed help when they arrived

Wrexham was owned by the Wrexham Supporters Trust before Reynolds and McElhenney took over, and the fans had effectively cleared the club’s debts, which is an impressive achievement in itself. But running a club is expensive, and there were clearly a few areas of need that the club and the Supporters Trust do not appear to have the funds for.

We get a glimpse of this in the trailer when McElhenney and Reynolds first see what is charitably called the club’s gym, which looks much more like a small office with a weight rack or two and resistance bands mounted on the walls. “Wow, that needs a little work,” the two’s reaction to seeing the gymnasium in all its glory pretty much sums it all up.

This is not a football series like you’ve seen before

Manchester City has a documentary series. Sunderland has a documentary series. Tottenham, Arsenal, Juventus and Dortmund all have their own documentary series. Everyone and their cat have some sort of perspective on “Ted Lasso.”

“Welcome to Wrexham” is unlike any of those. It may not have the glitz and glamor of the world’s greatest teams battling for trophies, nor does it have the overwhelming world-weariness of ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’. The trailer seems to combine the realities of even lower league play with the hope of triumph built into the big club series. And that hope comes without the mustache and non-ironic catchphrases, just in case you don’t like that stuff.

Oh great, I’m going to cry

More than any other football show on TV, “Welcome to Wrexham” reminds me of high school football in West Texas or even my own football teams growing up in a small New York town called Bath. It’s about two guys who don’t know what they’re doing but know they’ll have to be part of the community around Wrexham AFC if they’re going to be successful.

Or, as Reynolds says in the trailer, “I think the biggest challenge is that the community is looking around and thinking, ‘What are these two guys doing here?'”

Yeah, it’s corny and cliché. There are a million stories of a stranger coming into a community and doing the right thing for the people there, and how they are welcomed because of it. But it’s also a story that makes sense to me, as someone from a small town where a team and its fans can all feel like one big extended family. And that still counts, I think.