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ON THE ROAD: Torquay spoils Wrexham’s Hollywood finale as stars get a taste of life outside of the league

That’s the thing about soccer, it doesn’t work like a Hollywood script.

Sure, there are twists to the story, and umpires are often cast as the archetypal villain, but in English football’s fifth division all of that rarely has a happy ending.

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are learning all of this fast. Tuesday night’s loss at Maidenhead proved to be a suppressed welcome before their whistle stop tour culminated with Torquay United ruining the party.

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney may not have received the out-of-league welcome they expected

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney may not have received the out-of-league welcome they expected

American actors saw their new club lose in their first match, before drawing the next.

American actors saw their new club lose in their first match, before drawing the next.

American actors saw their new club lose in their first match, before drawing the next.

But as fans trudged down Crispin Lane cursing one point instead of three, there was an overwhelming sense that this was an ‘I was there’ moment.

Wrexham fans haven’t had many of those in recent years. There was the FA Trophy victory at Wembley in 2013, the 150th anniversary match in 2014 and Stoke in the FA Cup third round in 2015, but last week he has beaten them all.

When locals recounted the moment these Hollywood stars polished two bottles of gin with double shots at the Turf Hotel, strolled through the Butchers’ Market, addressed fans in Welsh, and the look of Danny DeVito caused chaos in Mold. Road, Saturday’s result will be nothing. more than a footnote.

The couple stayed at the four-star Carden Park estate during their five-day trip to Wrexham along with an inner circle that was rarely far from their side.

Reynolds and McElhenney engaged with the fans and enjoyed their first experience of the match a

Reynolds and McElhenney engaged with the fans and enjoyed their first experience of the match a

Reynolds and McElhenney engaged with the fans and enjoyed their first experience of the match a

Reynolds brought in his personal assistant Sophia Travaglia, as well as George Dewey, president of Maximum Effort, Reynolds’ production company.

While much of their visit was carefully choreographed by Nick Frenkel, executive producer of the upcoming Welcome to Wrexham documentary, McElhenney and Reynolds seemed genuinely interested in the stories of the community, people, and businesses that have been through tough times now. they are seeing green shoots. of life again.

Mad4Movies is a small DVD store in the Butchers’ Market and while owner Rob Clarke has had the occasional celebrity appearance, talking about movies with Reynolds and McElhenney was something he will never forget.

“I’m trying to get off the roof,” Clarke told Sportsmail. ‘They are good guys, very accessible and they have caught the mistake. Ryan asked me, “Are there any movies here that you’ve never sold?” and I turned to Rob and said, “Let’s not mention Green Lantern,” which made them laugh.

Grateful fans dare to dream of more at their National League club

Grateful fans dare to dream of more at their National League club

Grateful fans dare to dream of more at their National League club

Before they left, they gave me a bunch of DVDs, some Free Guys, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season one. Ryan also gave me a Green Lantern that he signed, “Sorry.”

It is these kinds of stories that will stand the test of time and leave a lasting impact on a community that dares to dream again.

A total of 9,813, the third-highest attendance of the National League in history, flocked to the Hippodrome Saturday afternoon to savor the moment. The city center has never found 90 minutes of peace like that. His kick-off speech to fans was short but effective; McElhenney showed that his Welsh lessons are paying off.

He sat on either side of star forward Paul Mullin, who is out serving a three-game suspension, Reynolds, who ripped some grass off the field before leaving as his lasting memory, and McElhenney kicked and headed all the balls here.

As Wrexham took the lead in the fourth minute through Harry Lennon, all eyes turned to the owners’ newly renovated Aviation Gin suite, where they hugged. They really have the mistake of not belonging to the league.

There's a long way to go but Hollywood stars are already making an impact on the club

There's a long way to go but Hollywood stars are already making an impact on the club

There’s a long way to go but Hollywood stars are already making an impact on the club

But Torquay improved a lot in the second half and deservedly tied with six minutes remaining when a Chiori Johnson cross on the right was found two yards away by a diving header from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans.

Quickly returning to be with their families on Halloween, ‘we will die if we don’t make it,’ Reynolds joked, and they were left looking forward to their next visit.

“I love the fight in this club and in this city,” concluded McElhenney. “There is a lot of work to be done, but we are all in this for the long term.”

Now ranked 13th in the National League, no one will argue that it is a long road ahead, but for the first time in a long time, fans can dream again and that is a story worthy of Hollywood.

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