Hollywood actors ryan reynolds and rob mcelhenney are considering buying a stake in wales oldest football club, wrexham afc.
The fan-owned club said the actors known from the deadpool films and sitcom it's always sunny in philadelphia were interested in investing 2m.
Wrexham plays in the lower-ranked national league but has in recent years been among the top performers financially. last year, the clubs 750,000 operating profit was the largest among its peers. its racecourse stadium seats 10,500, according to its website.
Still, the potential investment into wrexham will be a welcome injection, as sports teams have struggled during the pandemic with social distancing rules putting a stop to ticket sales.
Wrexham gets decent crowds by national league standards and could easily cope with a promotion to league one or two of the highest division of the english football league said kieran maguire, an academic and author on accountancy and football.
They also have the location. north wales isn't too far from liverpool or manchester airports so would be feasible to fly to watch the club, he added.
The club said that 1,223 of its members 97.5 per cent had on tuesday voted for talks to continue with investors, without knowing their identity. in due course, mr mcelhenney and mr reynolds will put forward their vision for wrexham afc and [a] proposal for members to vote on at a second special general meeting, the club said in a statement following the vote.
Tim crow, an independent sports marketing adviser, said the potential investment was not unprecedented, with british entrepreneurs sometimes backing smaller clubs.
But when one reads about the tide of american money looking for investments in european football, it tends to be big english and italian clubs, not grassroots football clubs, he added.
[but] football is a global passion so you're not leaning into something that's niche, mr crow said.
Last month, mr reynolds sold his stake in aviation american gin to drinks giant diageo in a $610m deal.
He acquired his stake in 2018 for an undisclosed sum and will maintain an ownership interest in aviation american and continue marketing the brand over the next decade.