Posted: Tue 26th Oct 2021

Updated: Tue 26th Oct

“Low key” Rob & Ryan set for visit which will not be “some weird grandstanding tour of Wrexham” for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

Wrexham AFC’s new owners are set to come to town later this week ahead of the home game on Saturday, and have given an insight to the trip while talking to shirt sponsor Expedia.

The comments were made during a newly released episode of Out Travel the System , a podcast by Expedia, where they covered a range of travel topics – as well as the important visit to Wrexham.

Asked about the first visit, Ryan Reynolds said “I can only speak for me. I’m just super curious, and excited to be a part of that community, or see it, and to a certain degree, immerse ourselves in it.

“We’ve always said we’re not here to drag Wrexham into our story. We’d like to be a part of Wrexham’s story. So, we’re not going to show up in some weird grandstanding tour of Wrexham”

“Rob and I both tend to be pretty low key. Our hope is that we would have to be having a drink with many of the townsfolk that live there, and many of the people in the community, and those that have been a part of the Wrexham Supporters Trust to that point. So, we have a lot of makeups to do. And for us, it’s going to be exciting to just really just to be on the pitch at the racecourse ground. That’s it.”

Rob McElhenney spoke about the area, “From my perspective, we only see photographs and some video, obviously and it just looks absolutely picturesque in so many different ways. But then also, when you get onto the streets, and you start meeting some of the people, you realise yes, just like anywhere else it reminds me a lot of Philadelphia and the people because that’s what I’m most interested in.”

Club Exec Director and close friend Humphrey Ker added, “Wrexham, the town has seen better days. I’ll be honest that. I think anyone from Wrexham would agree with that because it’s been through a tough time. It’s, again, one of the reasons why the football team has declined, the town has declined somewhat. It used to be a big brewery town, big steel town, big coal town.
A lot of those jobs have gone away, and they have been slow to be replaced. North Wales and the county of Wrexham around Wrexham is stunning, and there’s some real Game of Thrones shit, if you will.”

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Rob McElhenney and Humphrey Ker discussed Dinas Brân and the UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as noting, “Wrexham Town Centre has seen better days. We are hoping to change that. These are soon to be the better days that it will see.”

Moving to the nightlife Rob McElhenney said he was “going to pick a bar”, “To me, it’s just all about the people. So, I just want to go in there, and know that I can find people that again, share my love for conversation, share my love for football, and that we can all enjoy the fact that we’re just getting hammered.”

Unsurprisingly the drink of choice was Aviation Gin and Wrexham Lager for all three, with McElhenney adding “I believe my first stop is when we get to Wrexham, there’s going to be either The Turf club or The Fat Boar, which is also something I’ve been reading about, and hearing about quite a bit. And I’m going to go in there, and the first thing I’m going to order is a Wrexham Lager.”

Humphrey Ker suggested “Chequers Bar, in the centre of town”, to which Ryan Reynolds indicated he was aware of it, “Oh, yeah, there’s that too. As soon as we get there , I feel like we should spend the night just on the field, on the turf, at the racecourse.”

Looking further afield Humphrey Ker suggested a visit to Chester, “Stay away from the football club. That’s trash. The rest of Chester, very nice.”

Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenny and Humphrey Ker were talking to Nisreene Atassi as part of the Expedia podcast – you can check out Expedia here, and the podcast here.

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