Wrexham, the fifth-tier Welsh soccer club owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, lost in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday, ending its improbable run in one of soccer’s most famous club tournaments.
The team, one of the oldest professional football clubs, lost 3–1 in its replay with Sheffield United, with the result, like the first meeting between the two, decided in the final minute. On Tuesday, Sheffield, three levels and 72 places above Wrexham in English football, scored twice in extra time to reach the last 16.
Neither Reynolds nor McElhenny, who acquired the club for $2.5 million in November 2020, were at Sheffield games. But both tweeted about their upstart squads after the final whistle.
The Red Dragons have been on a hot streak this season, going from their previous 22 league and non-league matches unbeaten to today, when they suffered their first defeat since October. Success must be documented in FX’s docuseries Welcome to WrexhamWho had the camera on the pitch in season 2 shooting at Bramall Lane in Sheffield.
Wrexham will now focus on winning the National League which would mean automatic promotion to the EFL for the first time since 2008. It is currently second in the standings.
“Now let’s win it [f*cking] League,” McElhaney tweeted today after the loss.