Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney took a giant step towards their incredible acquisition of non-league soccer team Wrexham AFC after fans unanimously voted to sell.
Reynolds and McElhenney reached out on a Zoom call last week in front of more than 2,000 voters for the Wrexham Supporters' Trust, who have owned the fifth division team since 2011, and announced today that they are now the owners.
They needed 75 percent of the vote and the Supporters' Trust announced on Monday that the Hollywood stars had received a huge 98.4 percent of the vote, giving them the green light to complete their acquisition.
Rob McElhenney (left) and Ryan Reynolds (right, with wife Blake Lively) have taken a big step forward to buy non-league football team Wrexham AFC following a fan vote
Reynolds (bottom) and McElhenney (top right) first addressed Wrexham AFC fans when the Hollywood actors unveiled their vision of buying the non-league team
The actors want to visit Wrexham "as often as possible" and "drink with the fans in local pubs"
In a statement from the supporter & # 39; Trust it is said: “We are now able to confirm the result of the vote, which was independently verified by Mi-Voice, the company that supports the Trust. As can be seen in detail below, Members voted for all three resolutions.
With that in mind, RR McReynolds Company, LLC will – subject to final agreement and confirmation from the League and the FA – have 100 percent control of Wrexham Football Club Limited from WST.
& # 39; Both parties will now proceed to finalize the details of the acquisition and will update Wrexham supporters as soon as possible.
"The Wrexham Supporters Trust Board would like to thank Mr. Rob McElhenney and Mr. Ryan Reynolds and their advisors Inner Circle Sports and Walker Morris for their professional and thoughtful approach and for the time they have already invested in the process."
There was a 91.5 percent turnout, and although five ballots were reported tainted, supporters unanimously backed the couple to buy the club.
Members voted on three resolutions for the sale, with the results showing 1,801 votes in favor, 29 against and 11 abstentions.
Following the announcement, Reynolds and McElhenney tweeted an image of the Wrexham crest with the caption, "Wrexham is the name." There have been strong suggestions that this will be the title of their planned documentary series.
The Hollywood stars also marked the news by appearing on a video promoting club sponsor Ifor Williams before relaying news of their acquisition.
"We just bought the Wrexham Association Football Club," said McElhenney. "Thank you to the Wrexham Supporters' Trust for your faith and trust in us."
McElhenney announced the news to his Twitter followers by writing "Wrexham is the Name".
Following the announcement, Reynolds also wrote "Wrexham is the name" on his Twitter page
The Deadpool actor was featured in a video on the club's profile that confirmed the election result
"We're humble and we're already getting to work," Reynolds said. "Oh damn it is really happening!"
On the news, Council President Mark Pritchard said, “It's utopia. Outstanding. Incredible. Credit to Spencer (Harris) and the WST Board of Directors, a huge thank you for what they have done. & # 39;
Acquired the club for next to nothing, Reynolds and McElhenney announced their plan to make an initial cash investment of £ 2 million to begin transforming what they consider to be the "sleeping giants".
Reynolds and McElhenney outlined their bold vision as part of their November 8th Zoom call offer before running a Q&A confirming Sportsmail's September story of their plan, a Netflix-style documentary series about their property. The meeting was recorded as the first nod to the final cut.
"Sport is storytelling and so closely related to sport," said Reynolds. "The Wrexham community is incredibly dynamic and supportive."
McElhenney added, “Why shouldn't we document this? Why shouldn't we think of Wrexham the way Manchester United thinks of Manchester United?
BREAKDOWN OF FAN VOTE
The rules should be changed by adding a new rule 4.7 to read: “To promote and support the long-term future of the club, including a transaction to sell all of the club's issued share capital to new owners, with the result that the company no longer owns it or operate the club, provided that the members approved the sale by extraordinary resolution (a "Member Approved Sale"), and in the event of a member-approved sale, the item in this Rule 4.7 prevails over the items in the Rules 4.1 to 4.6 so that a member-approved sale of the Company's items is permitted and complies with the Rules, regardless of any inconsistencies or conflicts with the items in Rules 4.1 to 4.6 & # 39 ;;
To the: 1809
98.6% voted for it, passed a resolution
That the Proposed Transaction is hereby irrevocably and unconditionally approved and that this approval of the Proposed Transaction constitutes a Member Approved Sale under Rule 4.7 (subject to the adoption of Resolution 1 in the Postal Vote and the amended rules that will take effect upon registration);
To the: 1801
98.4% voted for it, passed a resolution
The Board of Directors of the Company is hereby authorized to complete the proposed Transaction on the basis that it is a member-approved sale (subject to the passing of Resolution 2 in the postal vote) and does not require further member approval or approval, and that The board of directors is hereby authorized to enter the sales materials as appropriate (at the discretion of the board of directors and including, but not limited to, a share purchase agreement to sell the club's shares to the buyer) on behalf of the company and take any action required in connection with the execution of the proposed Transaction.
To the: 1801
98.4% voted for it, passed a resolution
McElhenney kept himself up to date on Wrexham games by watching movies
Wrexham have not been in the league since 2008 but the actors have made their bold proposal to make the Welsh team the "best team in the UK" if they take over successfully
"I've seen all of the football documentaries and have been inspired by them."
As part of a comprehensive mission statement that was released after the Zoom call, the Hollywood couple outlined their goal, their four basic principles and made a series of "hard promises" to fans.
They vowed to "develop a sustainable model that draws the best players and the best people to the track" to get Wrexham out of the non-league they have lived in since being relegated from the Football League in 2008 .
Reynolds and McElhenney are interested in their £ 2 million investment in "exploring the track renovation and improving the venue for the club" and plan to host international games and music concerts as an additional source of income.
Not only are the actors making the club more professional by appointing a highly qualified chief executive officer, but they are determined to invest in a permanent training facility "worthy of an EFL club," they said.
"We take this company very seriously," said Reynolds.
& # 39; Why Wrexham? We believe your club is a sleeping giant, an incredible story, stadium and fans. The sky is the limit. We want Wrexham to be a global force. & # 39;
Reynolds, who has diverse business interests, responded to a 2012 tweet that said, "You never know when Ryan Reynolds will show up at Wrexham." The Canadian-born actor told his 16.5 million Twitter followers, "Yeah, you never know."
"We believe the club should get back to football as soon as possible," added McElhenney.
& # 39; We will invest as much as possible financially and emotionally. I am competitive and I want to win. & # 39;
The town has been a hub of activity since the voting opened on Nov. 9, and support for the actors increased even further after local pubs received a special delivery during the week.
Reynolds sent boxes of gin to pubs in Wrexham in preparation for the possible takeover, and it proved a hit with followers.
Deadpool actor Reynolds acquired a stake in alcohol brand Aviation Gin in 2018 and decided to ship several bottles to pubs in the Welsh town after confirming that he and McElhenney wanted to "have a drink" at games with fans, if they did Team successfully bought.
One of the pubs that received a delivery was The Fat Boar, which shared pictures of the gin and a note Reynolds had sent them.
The note read: & # 39; To The Fat Boar: Here is a bouquet of pink glasses. See you soon – Ryan Reynolds. & # 39;
Future Wrexham owner Reynolds sent boxes of Aviation Gin to pubs in the Welsh city
The Fat Boar were one of the bars that received special delivery from the Canadian actor
The actor also included a personalized note about the pubs where the alcohol was delivered
The turf, which is next to Wrexham Racecourse Stadium, also received 18 bottles of Reynolds gin.
The identities of Reynolds and McElhenney became public after 97.5 percent (1,223 members) voted unanimously at a special meeting of members of the Supporters & # 39; Trust in September that the trust can speak to potential investors.
Although neither man appears to have a direct connection to the city, it is believed that the story behind the former coal mining center has proven attractive.
Wrexham AFC is the oldest football club in Wales and the third oldest professional team in the world. The first game dates from 1864.
They dropped out of the football league in 2008 and have remained a non-league club ever since, becoming fan-owned in 2011.
The club, managed by Dean Keates, is currently in 14th place after the first six games with two wins, three losses and one draw.
Both Reynolds and McElhenney have responded to total disbelief online for the past few weeks after the club announced their interest.
Wrexham, whose Racecourse Ground is pictured on September 17th, is the oldest football club in Wales and the third oldest football club in the world, founded in 1864
Dean Keates' team have played six games so far this season but are now looking forward to a takeover
Deadpool actor Reynolds retweeted an eight-year-old tweet that happened to mention he showed up in the Welsh town.
He quotes funny, "Yeah, you never know" and followed with "I waited eight years to reply to this tweet".
Meanwhile, McElhenney, known for hit television show it's always sunny in Philadelphia, has shown how he followed this season's games live stream, with two losses and one draw in the last three games to a mixed success.
The Mystic Quest: Raven Banquet The actor was photographed on set watching live streams of matches against Boreham Wood (2-1) and Solihull Moors (0-1) at Damson Park.
McElhenney also made himself popular with fans by wearing a retro home shirt from & # 39; Wrexham Lager & # 39; which the team wore in the 2001/02 season under manager Denis Smith.
Reynolds is best known for playing the title character in the superhero films of Deadpool, while McElhenney's most famous role is Ronald & # 39; Mac & # 39; McDonald is on the comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
MISSION DECLARATION COMPLETE
To the supporters, staff, players, friends and family of Wrexham AFC:
We are two people who have made careers never to take each other too seriously. However, we understand that the management of this great and famous club is an incredibly serious business and something we do not take lightly. With this in mind, we wanted to guide you through our goals, principles and promises.
Our goal is to grow the team, return it to the EFL in front of the increased attendance in an upgraded stadium, while making a bigger difference for the wider Wrexham community.
If it were allowed, we would pursue this goal, which is based on four essential principles.
1. To protect the legacy that has made Wrexham AFC and Racecourse Ground a special place to watch football over the past 156 years.
2. Strengthen the values, traditions and heritage of this community. We understand and respect the intense loyalty and love for this club and how it is woven into the structure of the city and its supporters.
3. Use our resources to increase the awareness of the club. This would, of course, be consistent with protecting the heart and mind of a community-led historical icon. But why can't the third oldest club in the world have global appeal?
4. To reward the trust of the fans who have stood by Wrexham AFC throughout its history, put everything we have into what all fans want most for their club, and that is …
WIN, WIN, WIN.
Everything we do is informed by these four principles and never one without the other. We want to be part of Wrexham's history and not drag the club into ours.
Provide extensive financial support to the manager and his coaching team. Build a sustainable model that draws the best players and staff to the track.
Always beat Chester. *
Explore the Racecourse Ground renovation and upgrade the venue for the club, international games, and perhaps the occasional Tom Jones performance.
Invest in a permanent training facility worthy of an EFL club.
Ensure the club cannot be relocated, renamed, or renamed. Appropriate and respectful observance of the Gresford colliery disaster remains inviolable.
In recognition of the role fans and the WST have played in administering the club during extremely difficult times, we will be establishing an honorary committee that will include fans, representatives from the WST and the WAFC, and our own advisors.
Make sure Dixie McNeil remains the honorary president of the club if he wishes.
Always beat Chester. *
Grow the club's staff to take advantage of the increased interest in Wrexham locally and internationally.
Recognize and strengthen Wrexham AFC's role as a leading force for the common good in the city. Work with the club's Disability Liaison Officer, Kerry Evans, to maintain and improve Wrexham's reputation as an inclusive and forward-thinking club along with other key local groups such as the Racecourse Community Foundation, food banks and schools.
Advocate for a more environmentally sustainable version of the club and stadium.
Commit to transparent decision-making with regular and open communication.
Make sure the day we leave the club is in a better position than it is today.
BEAT CHESTER ALWAYS. *
In all other circumstances we would be in Wrexham, touring the Racecourse Ground and having a beer with the supporters in person. But 2020 has other plans for all of us. We hope you will place your trust in us because we will work every day as long as you have us to make sure the world knows that the name is Wrexham.
* If we ever play Chester again.
Rob and Ryan
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