A huge thanks to Disney for allowing us to bring you this Welcome to Wrexham review.
In Welcome to Wrexham, Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds learn to run the third oldest professional football club in the world.
In 2020, Rob and Ryan teamed up to purchase the 5th tier Red Dragons in the hopes of turning Wrexham AFC into an underdog story the whole world could root for. The worry? Rob and Ryan have no experience in football or working with each other.
From Hollywood to Wales, from the pitch to the locker room, the front office to the pub, the docuseries will track Rob and Ryan’s crash course in football club ownership and the inextricably connected fates of a team and a town counting on two actors to bring some serious hope and change to a community that could use it.
Welcome to Wrexham is a 5-episode docuseries that certainly stands head and shoulders above the All or Nothing series of football documentaries.
The reason for this?
The All or Nothing documentaries focus on the games, the team talks, the players and behind-the-scenes training but Welcome to Wrexham strips the glitz and glamour and the fluff pieces and focuses on community and togetherness.
The longest team still stranded in the National League with one of the toughest jobs in English football, promotion to the English Football League.
We meet pub owners, townsfolk and more as the Hollywood takeover of their club begins. With dashes of humour from Rob and Ryan as we bounce between Wrexham and Hollywood mansions, the contrast is clear for all to see but they both share a common goal which is to see this club succeed.
Seeing the worry on Rob’s and Ryan’s faces when the club get a draw is a picture, they know it’s a risky investment and from heroes in the Wrexham fan’s eyes it could all change in a moment if results don’t go their way.
We get to see the takeover meeting where the Wrexham supporters club approve Ryan and Rob’s takeover and it’s hilarious to see a huge TV camera in the background filming this very documentary before the supporters club had even said yes to their pitch. The confidence, the audacity, hilarious.
Many Wrexham fans were sceptical by this as many felt that the takeover of the club was purely to create this docuseries but once you watch it and dive a little deeper that thought quickly vanishes.
It’s a feel-good story as Wrexham becomes revitalised, a struggling town that loves nothing more than its football club. A staple in the community and two unlikely owners who took a chance to take the club to new heights.
From the appointment of manager Phil Parkinson to signing super striker Paul Mullin we speak to the players, we go inside their homes, it’s instantly more personal and more approachable than anything contained within the All or Nothing series.
It’s certainly more comparable to the Sunderland Till I Die documentary with a Hollywood flair. Just seeing these two Americans who start out knowing nothing about football suddenly getting big sponsorships and promotion for this little club in Wales is such a rag-to-riches type story.
The looks on their faces when replacing grass on the pitch nearly costs close to £300,000. Instantly at that moment realising that this venture may not be profitable for some time.
The foundations are in place and they’re going in the right direction so it’ll be interesting to see if more series are made.
You’d think two Hollywood stars would be the main focus of this documentary but it’s not. They feature but not as frequently as you’d imagine. This is a documentary about Wrexham as a town, as a community, as a fanbase and it’s a wonderful heartwarming watch.
I’d love to see another series released and I’m crossing my fingers it’s this season that they get promoted as not only would that be a wonderful watch but having Wrexham back in the football league would be something special indeed.
Welcome to Wrexham review by Sean Evans
A wonderful heartwarming watch where the community and club take priority over the Hollywood stars tasked with guiding them out of the National League. A brilliant watch from start to finish and I’m eager to see if there are more episodes on the way after this season.