Wrexham- Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds and his It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-owner, Rob McElhenney, attended the first game of their new Welsh football club at the weekend.
The pair are part of a consortium that saved Wrexham FC from liquidation last year with an offer to buy its stadium and other assets for £300,000.
McElhenney was the only one who could be seen on TV cameras during Saturday’s match against Grimsby Town – he had swapped his trademark baseball cap for a more formal look.
Other members of the consortium have yet to be seen in public at a Wrexham match.
Actor Reynolds is not believed to have been at Saturday’s match, but was cagey when asked about his presence on Twitter.
I’m here right now, he wrote from New York, adding In a movie theatre watching my own that he was not at the game.
A source involved with the consortium said that, despite initial concerns about whether Hollywood types would be interested in their purchase of Wrexham FC, they were both very keen to attend a game.
Wrexham is Reynolds’s first known investment in professional football , although he has connections within the game through long-serving Rangers director of finance , Donald Muir.
McElhenney’s role is slightly less clear, although his wife actress Kaitlin Olson is on the board of directors at Forest Green Rovers in England, where she has appeared in matchday programmes dressed as her cartoon alter ego, Cindy the Omadonk.
Wrexham are currently second in the Blue Square Bet Premier, six points behind leaders Luton, with two games in hand.
The two Hollywood stars, both from Philadelphia, bought the club and its Racecourse stadium in a deal struck with Wrexham’s administrators last December
The pair were previously linked to Wrexham FC back in October when the Guardian carried an article mentioning them as part of a consortium set to buy out the Welsh football side. The take over finally went through early in 2013.
McElheney and Reynolds (or more probably their manager agent) then had an easy time deciding what the two would wear for the all important photo shoot.
Reynolds is a long-term Celtic fan It was surprising to see another member of Hollywood royalty in attendance at Rugby Park with actor Anthony Mackie in the Kilmarnock directors box. The New Yorker, whose mother is Scottish, was at the Kilmarnock vs Ross County game on Sunday.