Ryan Reynolds gifted Wrexham co-owner Rob McElhenny a personalized urinal before the Wales side lost 5-4 to Grimsby Town in the National League play-off semi-finals. Former Wrexham player Luke Waterfall scored the winning goal in the dying embers of extra time to seal a dramatic win for the visitors and end Wrexham’s hopes of promotion.
Reynolds, who owns the club along with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney, were both at the Racecourse Ground to support the North Wales side as they attempted to get out of the non-league. The Deadpool star surprised McElhenney before the game with a personalized urinal with his picture on it and the engraving: “This urinal is dedicated to Robert McElhenney
“On his birthday – April 14th. With love from Wrexham AFC. Paid for by Ryan Reynolds.”
McElhenny tweeted Reynolds before kick-off and said: “I took this baby for a test ride and it was great. @VancityReynolds”. In the first social media post after Wrexham’s defeat, Reynolds McElhenny replied, “I find the heavy eye contact reassuring.”
It’s been a tough week of football for the Hollywood stars and Wrexham as the club also lost to Bromley in the FA Trophy at Wembley just under a week ago. In a thrilling back-and-forth on Saturday, central defender Waterfall scored the second of his two goals in the 119th minute, sending Grimsby fans including comedians Rob Beckett and Lloyd Griffith into hysterics.
Wrexham went ahead from the penalty spot in the 13th minute through National League top scorer Paul Mullin, but Grimsby equalized just two minutes later when man of the match John McAtee rolled in from 25 yards. In a second half in which there were six goals, Waterfall gave Grimsby the lead in the 47th minute. Wrexham then scored twice within three minutes to take the lead again through Ben Tozer and Mullin.
In an unprecedented football game that recorded more goals than any other National League playoff game in history, Grimsby then scored twice in quick succession from Ryan Taylor and substitute Emmanuel Deruvwe to put the visitors back in front. Wrexham midfielder Jordan Davies then equalized with ten minutes remaining to send the game into extra time, where a further 29 minutes were played before Waterfall’s second goal sent Grimsby into the play-off final.
Wrexham now faces a 15th year out of the league after their play-off heartbreak on Sunday. Reynolds and McElhenney, who witnessed their heartbreaking defeat in the stands, are making a documentary for FX about their time owning Wrexham, but this season won’t have the Hollywood ending they were hoping for after missing out on promotion and losing had in the final of the FA Trophy.