Ryan Reynolds was ecstatic as Wrexham secured an unexpected victory over Wigan in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. The League Two team triumphed 4-2 on penalties after both sides failed to score in regular time at the Racecourse Ground. Wrexham’s potential opponents in the next round could include Premier League teams. Wigan, from League One, missed two penalties in the shootout, while Wrexham converted all of their kicks. The decisive moment came when Thelo Aasgaard of Wigan blazed his effort over the crossbar, sealing Wrexham’s win. Reynolds, the co-owner of Wrexham, expressed his delight on Twitter, comparing the excitement to a scene from an Aliens movie. This victory is a remarkable response from Wrexham, especially after their disappointing 5-3 defeat to MK Dons in their EFL return. The Red Dragons have now secured a place in the second round of the Carabao Cup, where they could face Premier League giants such as Chelsea, Tottenham, and Everton. The remaining first-round matches will be played on Wednesday evening, with the second-round draw taking place afterward. The second-round fixtures are scheduled to be played in the week commencing Monday, August 28. Reynolds, along with fellow Hollywood co-owner Rob McElhenney, has brought about a positive transformation in Wrexham’s fortunes since acquiring the club in 2020.
Actor Ryan Reynolds showed his support of the Welsh team Wrexham AFC after their historic win in the Carabao Cup, the first round of the English League Cup competition. Reynolds has a financial stake in the team, having bought a stake in the side last February. The team booked their place in the second round of the Cup following their win against reigning Health League Two side, Newport County.
Reynolds celebrated the win on Twitter, writing in capital letters: “WREXHAM IS GOING ON [TO] ROUND 2,” shortly followed by a GIF of Aliens lead character Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) celebratorily raising her fists. He later shared his overwhelming enthusiasm for Wrexham’s success in a tweet to a local journalist reading: “They were like a bunch of f****** Aliens in there. Best day ever”.
The Canadian-born actor was not alone in celebrating Wrexham’s victory, with hundreds of jubilant fans taking to social media to express their joy since the result was announced. The match was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, with fans watching from home. As a result of the team’s success, a promotion in tournament standings, and the potential for more funds being injected into the club, excitement for the future of Wrexham AFC has reached an all-time high.
Reynolds’ financial involvement in the team has been seen as an important development for the club’s future prospects. He is committed to the team and has expressed his joy at being part of such a historic moment. His passionate description of the match as “like a bunch of f****** Aliens” serves to demonstrate the enthusiasm, entertainment and surprise successfully carried by the team from the small Welsh town of Wrexham.