After finally escaping the National League, the future looks bright for Wrexham


While even the most cynical among us genuinely struggle to find anything unfortunate to say about the work Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have done since taking over as owners of Wrexham, if we had anything to choose from, Football Daily would suggest that their presence at the racecourse Ground tends to distract from coverage of football actually played. While it’s no surprise that the camera loves them given the success they’ve achieved at their day jobs, those at BT Sport border on harassment in their obsession with cutting the pair down if Wrexham win even a throw-in, let alone promotion back to the Football League after an absence of 15 years.

It’s hard, then, to imagine McElhenney or Reynolds getting more screen time in 162 episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and two Deadpool movies, respectively, than they did during BT’s coverage of Wrexham’s win over Boreham Wood on Saturday. And while both celebrity owners were visibly thrilled to see the squad they’ve invested so much time, money, energy and what appears to be true love rise to the top, their delight was nothing compared to that of longtime fans. who invaded the field full-time, before partying into the night at nearby bar The Turf.

“Everything I own smells like champagne, beer and weed,” Reynolds booed on Social Media Disgraces in the wake of their promotion to champions, in the kind of message you don’t expect to see from Joel Glazer, Stan Kroenke or the notoriously teetotaler and clean Mohammed bin Salman. “I’m still somewhere between giggles and sobs. This city and this sport is one of the most romantic things on Earth. Thanks, Wrexham AFC. It’s important, however, to remember that long before Welsh caught anyone’s attention as a potential #content provider far away in Tinseltown, he’d been rescued from the brink of extinction by a trust of supporters with nowhere near the same influence.

We didn't want to say anything about his steps.

We didn’t want to say anything about his steps. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Having finally escaped National League purgatory, the future couldn’t be brighter for Wrexham, who are already being touted as strong contenders to win promotion again next season, from a division which, with their four promotion places, it’s much easier to escape than the one they just left. Of course, for every fairytale there’s an unfortunate story and Wrexham’s triumph consigned Notts County to the playoffs, despite having already amassed 106 points. “The whole story, the reason we’re all on the verge of our seats is because Notts County is so damn good,” Reynolds roared. “They deserve to go up. We’re rooting for Notts County. We want to see them go up.” As they do virtually everyone beyond their playoff rivals, if only to level the playing field and give relatively poor clubs a chance.


“I don’t have an answer for that because it’s not a question for me. We have to apologize to everyone [for the performance] – and I hope today is my responsibility because changing the system was my decision. I hope that was the problem” – Interim Spurs boss Cristian Stellini laments the 6-1 defeat at Newcastle, which saw the hosts take a 5-0 lead within the first 21 minutes. The club suits are now preparing the ax on Stellini.


As for Mike Smith on the busy Corsham Town fixture (Friday’s Football Daily letters), I’m sure there are many teams, particularly outside the league, who have experienced fixture congestion at the end of a season. In the 2000-2001 season, bad weather affected many teams. It was a 42-game season. Tooting and Mitcham United played their first 25 league games in 224 days, interspersed with cup games. Eighteen matches were played in 33 days between 3 April and 5 May; 17 were league matches. Ask the Premier League lads to give their all for that sort of fixture – and after a day earned a crust at their normal 9-5 job – and they would laugh at you” – Ewen Anderson.

I seem to remember Guernsey had to play something like 20 games in 40 days in the Combined Counties League a few years ago. The last four in four days” – John Newell.

Big Website is just asking us to troll Spurs players for answers to that question, isn’t it?” – Nobile Francesco.

Hence, “Ten Hag’s most important job this summer is to separate meaning from hysteria, future from past, and wheat from chaff” (Friday’s Football Daily). If you decide to change the name of this communication (again), The Chaff seems like a perfect candidate” –Nigel Sanders.

Send your letters to [email protected]. Today’s winner of our invaluable letter of the day is… Nigel Sanders.

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