Wrexham set to seal historic promotion to League One with exceptionally rare feat under Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds

Wrexham set to seal historic promotion to League One with exceptionally rare feat under Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds

Wrexham can win promotion as early as this weekend as they look to end their 19-year absence from League One.

Victory this Saturday would complete the perfect continuation of Wrexham and co-owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynold’s Hollywood fairy tale of the National League, which saw them return to the Football League for the first time in 15 years last season.


Wrexham will be hoping for more scenes like this at the end of the season.Credit: Getty

This week marked one year to the day since that top of the table will face promotion rivals Notts County, with former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster claiming club legend status with his penalty save.

In truth, you would have had to be living under a rock to miss out on Wrexham winning the National League trophy.

Their campaign in Ligue 2, on the other hand, did not quite follow the same scenario.

A 5-3 home defeat to MK Dons on matchday one was a sign of things to come for the Welsh side, with a topsy-turvy season leaving fans wondering if they would be able to come back once again. more.

Even Wrexham’s most optimistic fans and those who had a soft spot for them thanks to the hit documentary series ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ were wondering whether double promotions might be a bridge too far.

But this season’s storyline could yet have another happy ending — and this weekend could seal the deal.

Phil Parkinson’s side currently sit second in the fourth tier, four points behind league leaders Stockport County, who have a game in hand.

A 4-1 victory over fellow promotion chasers Crawley on Tuesday night helped push their mission to return to the third tier in the right direction.

What the top of Ligue 2 looks like


What the top of Ligue 2 looks like

Fortunately for Wrexham, unlike last season, there are THREE automatic promotion places in League Two up for grabs, rather than one as is the case in the National League.

The teams which then finish fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh then compete for the fourth promotion place via the play-offs.

Simon Jordan questions Ryan Reynolds’ claim that Wrexham has the biggest global crowd in the EFL

Should Wrexham seal all three points against basement club Forest Green on Saturday, they would be in pole position.

They would then need fourth-placed MK Dons and sixth-placed Barrow to drop points against third-placed Mansfield and Gillingham respectively.

Failing that, they still have two games left to get the job done.

It could well be a tall order for everything to go to plan this weekend, but even the team recognizes how close they are to securing back-to-back promotions.

“It’s hard to stop people from talking about it or not talking about it,” joked Parkinson’s number two, Steve Parkin, after Crawley’s victory. “But in the dressing room they know how difficult last year was, they know what it takes to get promoted.”

If all results go Wrexham’s way, a much anticipated (P) for promotion will be placed next to their name in the table.

Not only will this be the club’s first season in League One since 2004/05, but it will also see the Welsh side make club history.

This season will mark the first time Wrexham have won promotion in back-to-back seasons in their 159-year history, summarizing the incredible transformation the club has undergone since McElhenney and Reynolds began their journey together.

Elliot Lee and Paul Mullin fired Wrexham to fight for another promotion


Elliot Lee and Paul Mullin fired Wrexham to fight for another promotionCredit: Getty

Only 10 clubs have achieved this feat as teams could seal automatic promotion from the fifth tier, with now League Two Tranmere Rovers being the last team to do so in 2018 and 2019.

It goes without saying that League One is not enough as glamorous as the Premier League, which is probably what McElhenney and Reynolds are ultimately aiming for.

But playing clubs the size of former top-flight sides Reading, Charlton and potentially Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday will be music to the ears of Wrexham supporters who have witnessed the EFL hiatus.

As well as raking in more revenue, McElhenney and Reynolds will be able to tick off bigger football grounds with bigger crowds and ultimately make the club even more successful off the field.

It’s unclear whether the duo will be in attendance at another packed STōK Cae Ras this weekend.

However, there is no doubt that they will have their eyes on the match wherever they are, considering what could happen when the final whistle blows.

Reynolds was seen watching Tuesday’s emphatic victory over Crawley on a huge green screen while recording his latest film.

In footage shared on his social media, Reynolds – in full costume – was seen celebrating Wrexham’s victory.

Wrexham co-owner Reynolds is doing all he can to keep an eye on his side.


Wrexham co-owner Reynolds is doing all he can to keep an eye on his side.Credit: Instagram:@vancityreynolds

“Watching the Wrexham game at work: new level unlocked,” he captioned the footage. “Big win today. Very large.”

Impressively, Tuesday’s starting line-up included seven players from the National League title-winning side, representing the long-term strategy instilled at the club when McElhenney and Reynolds arrived.

Wrexham are unlikely to win the league title this time around, with Stockport the hot favorites to do so. The leaders will seal promotion if they avoid defeat to Morecambe at home on Saturday.

Of course, Wrexham’s rise is still not guaranteed either.

But however this season ends, Wrexham’s rollercoaster ride of promotion could lead to possibly the best edition of ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ yet.


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