Have a drink on me! Hollywood star and prospective Wrexham owner Ryan Reynolds sends crates of his Aviation Gin to pubs in the Welsh town as he looks to complete takeover with fellow A-lister Rob McElhenney… with both actors vowing to ‘drink with fans’
- Prospective Wrexham owner Ryan Reynolds sent pubs crates of his Aviation Gin
- The Hollywood star is planing to takeover the Welsh club with Rob McElhenney
- The actors vowed to have a drink with fans if their ownership offer is approved
Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds has sent crates of gin to pubs in Wrexham in preparation for his potential takeover of the non-league football club with fellow actor Rob McElhenney.
Deadpool actor Reynolds acquired a stake in alcohol brand Aviation Gin in 2018 and decided to send several bottles to pubs in the Welsh town after confirming he wanted to ‘have a drink’ with fans at games.
The actors were revealed as potential investors in the non-league club in September after a Special General Meeting with the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust – who have run the club since 2011 – confirming both names after 97.5 per cent of the 1,254 members voted in favour of pursuing the talks.
Prospective Wrexham owner Ryan Reynolds has sent crates of his Aviation Gin to pubs in the Welsh town after saying he wanted to have a drink with fans
The Hollywood star acquired a stake in the gin brand in 2018 and sent bottles to various pubs
The pair held a Q&A on Zoom last weekend as they outlined their vision for the football club.
Among his pledges, Reynolds and McElhenney stated their desire to drink in the pub with fans before and after games.
‘We want to be at the Racecourse Ground as much as possible – as many games as I can make,’ Reynolds said.
‘We want to have a pint with the fans. You’ll be fed up of us. We want to be great ambassadors for the club, to introduce the club to the world and be a global force.’
The Fat Boar were one of the pubs that received a special delivery from the Canadian actor
The actor also enclosed a personalised note to the pubs that were delivered the alcohol
And it seems Reynolds was serious about enjoying a drink with the supporters in the future after sending several pubs crates of his gin.
One of the pubs to receive a delivery was The Fat Boar, who shared pictures of the gin and a note they were sent by Reynolds.
The note read: ‘To The Fat Boar: here’s a bouquet of rose coloured glasses. See ya soon – Ryan Reynolds.’
The Turf, which is located next to Wrexham’s Racecourse stadium, also received 18 bottles of the gin from Reynolds.
He and McElhenney must now wait to see if they get the 75 per cent approval they need from fans to buy the club.
Reynolds (bottom) and Rob McElhenney (top right) addressed Wrexham AFC supporters during a Q&A last weekend as they presented their vision to buy the non-league team
Voting opened to the 2,108 eligible members on Monday November 9 and the actors will discover if they can edge closer to their takeover when the result is announced on Monday November 16.
The prospective owners also outlined their intention to make a documentary series should they be able to purchase the club.
‘Sports is storytelling and is so woven into the fabric of the sport,’ Reynolds explained during the Q&A with fans. ‘The Wrexham community is incredibly dynamic and supportive.’
McElhenney added: ‘Why would we not document this? Why would we not think about Wrexham the way Manchester United thinks about Manchester United?
‘I’ve watched all the football documentaries and been inspired by them.’
To further endear himself to fans, McElhenney sported the popular home shirt from 2001-02
The actor, known for hit TV show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, has shown himself watching the matches this season on live streams, to mixed success with two defeats and a draw in the last three.
The Mystic Quest: Raven’s Banquet actor has been photographed on set watching live streams of matches against Boreham Wood – which they won 2-1 – and Solihull Moors – a 1-0 defeat at Damson Park.
McElhenney also endeared himself to supporters by wearing a retro ‘Wrexham Lager’ home shirt which the team wore in the 2001-02 season under manager Denis Smith.
Wrexham AFC is Wales’ oldest football club and stands as the third oldest professional side in the world, with their first game dating back to 1864.
They fell out of the Football League in 2008 and have remained a non-league club since then, becoming fan-owned in 2011.
Wrexham fell out of the Football League in 2008 and have been fan-owned since 2011