The video that will have Wrexham players running through walls

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A still from the moving video (Credit: Wrexham AFC)

David Owens

To say that Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney know how to make a movie would be an understatement.

After all, the Wrexham co-owners are leading lights in Hollywood, so you’d expect nothing less than celluloid gold from both men.

Yet even by their exacting standards, the heartwarming one-minute film they’ve put together to usher in the new NL season can only be described as monumental.

Posted by Ryan and Rob on their Twitter accounts minutes after midnight, it will certainly set pulses racing.

Set to a rousing Celtic backing soundtrack, imagine Braveheart set in Beddgelert, the best of Wrexham’s goals flashing across the screen accompanied by the words, in large letters, in a font style probably known as Hollywood Trailer Bold:

WE STAND UP. WE INTRODUCE WE TURN ON. WE GET UP AND NEVER GIVE UP.

NOW A NEW FOOTBALL SEASON STARTS AND THERE IS ONLY ONE DIRECTION

UP

THE CITY

AUGUST 6, 2022

If after watching it, the players and fans of Wrexham are not motivated, inspired, excited and potentially foaming at the mouth at the prospect of the new season starting, then they need to take their pulse immediately as they are possibly brain dead.

After seeing it, I wanted to put on a red shirt and run through a brick wall into the city. And I’m a fan of Cardiff City.

The clip comes as publicity mounts for the upcoming series Welcome To Wrexham.

Every effort is being made in the United States to put the club and the city on the world stage.

This is the view that greets you as you exit Los Angeles International Airport.

The Welcome to Wrexham billboard outside Los Angeles Airport (Credit: Jon Champion)

The giant banner, announcing Welcome to Wrexham TV, was posted by football commentator Jon Champion.

Champion, who is ESPN’s lead US commentator, who has already seen Gareth Bale cause an outbreak of Welsh Fever in the US, wrote: ‘Proof that @Wrexham_AFC is turning heads in Hollywood. This is the first thing you see, other than traffic, when you leave LAX. #WxmAFC’

And it’s not just the West Coast of the United States where Welcome To Wrexham is getting huge publicity. In New York, in those famous yellow cabs, you’ll also see advertisements for the highly-anticipated fly-on-the-wall television series.

In a post by former Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore, who was an adviser to the Wrexham co-owners when they took over the club, he tweeted a photo of one of these iconic taxis bearing a Welcome to Wrexham advertisement.

New York taxi with a Welcome to Wrexham advertisement (Credit: Peter Moore)

The heavyweight hype in America comes as the first trailer for the TV series was released last week.

Ryan Reynolds shared a heartwarming first full trailer for the new series set to premiere later this month.

Welcome to Wrexham will be released on August 24 on FX. The series will tell the story of how Reynolds teamed up with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob Mcelhenney to become owners of the Welsh club.

It will also stream in the UK on the Disney+ streaming service and will be available to watch from Thursday, August 25.

A synopsis promoting the release date read: “Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) teamed up to buy the team in hopes of turning the club into an underdog story the whole world could root for.

“The concern? Rob and Ryan have no experience of football or working together. That said, they are serious about their investment in Wrexham, improving the club and doing what is right for the townspeople.

“From Hollywood to Wales, pitch to locker room, reception to pub, Welcome to Wrexham will follow Rob and Ryan’s crash course in football club ownership and the inextricably connected destinies of a team and a city that boasts two actors to bring some serious hope and change to a community that could use it.”

Whatever the future brings, one thing is for sure, Welcome To Wrexham is going to be a compelling visual.


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