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Ryan Reynolds says watching Wrexham play was a “soul-deadening, evil and gorgeous game”

Co-owner Rob McElhenney said "We didn't want our first win to be away anyway"

By Jen Thomas

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney at Wrexham FC
The duo watched their first match since taking over the club (pic credit: Gemma Thomas/Wrexham FC)

Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds has reacted after watching AFC Wrexham play for the first time since purchasing the Welsh football team.

Reynolds completed a joint buy-out of the team with It’s Always Sunny... star Rob McElhenney earlier this year, and described watching football as a “soul-deadening, evil and gorgeous game” after attending last night’s match.

The ‘Deadpool’ actor was present to see his team lose 3-2 to Maidenhead United at the York Road stadium.

He shared pictures and posts from the game on his social media story, with his 39 million Instagram followers.

Club photographer Gemma Thomas took a picture of the pair smiling and waving from the stands.

Reynolds is taking a break from acting, and posted pictures of him and McElhenney at the game.

He captioned the posts: “Football is a beautiful, heartbreaking, soul-deadening, evil and gorgeous game and I’m never sleeping again.”

Making sure the team saw it, he tagged the official Wrexham FC account as well as McElhenney.

They took over 100% ownership of the fifth tier team back in February of this year.

Reynolds and McElhenney took over control from the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust.

It was reported that they made a combined £2 million investment under the terms of the deal.

This is the first time the pair have attended a Wrexham game live since they became owners of the club.

A Wrexham fan told the PA news agency he was “gobsmacked” to see them there, and said it had “given supporters a boost”.

Supporter Andy Gilpin said: “We had an inkling that they may have shown up today but we didn’t actually think that might happen until we saw them in the stand.”

“Obviously that gave everyone a big boost – they’re there, you can see them, they were waving to the fans.

“We knew they were in the area and we knew they’d landed about six hours ago but we thought this probably would be a game too far for them, then we saw a lot of stewards rushing around just before the kick-off and then the rumour came round that ‘yeah they’re here’.

“There’s media hype and then there’s showing up at Maidenhead away which isn’t the sort of Hollywood entrance really, it’s a very low-key ground, and to see two Hollywood stars there in the middle of the home stand, we were just gobsmacked you know.

“It’s quite a statement to come here to Maidenhead away and fair play to them for doing that.

“For them to come here – it shows that they mean business.”