Wrexham FC, Hollywood, and a Global Fan Base
With Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney now owning a share of Wrexham Football Club, interest in this Welsh soccer team who presently play in the second division, has increased ten-fold.
The two Hollywood stars bought the club after receiving overwhelming support from fans during a crowdfunding campaign that raised £2 million.
Ryan and Rob have both become the face of Wrexham Football Club, with their positive attitudes and comedic personalities endearing them to both fans in Wales as well as those from abroad.
The pair have made it clear that they plan to use their celebrity status to bring attention and success to the club. Their plan is to make Wrexham Football Club one of the top teams in the UK.
Ryan and Rob have also used their influence to bring attention to social issues that are important to both them and the fans.
Fans around the world are eager to see how this unlikely duo can make their mark on football history and are following their progress on Apple TV on the TV series Welcome to Wrexham.
Only time will tell if the Hollywood takeover of Wrexham Football Club will be a success, but with Ryan and Rob in charge, it is already an interesting and exciting journey.
Getting to the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham FC, Wales
So what is the best way to get to the ground on match day?
A straightforward way to get to the Racecourse Ground is by train. The nearest station is Wrexham General, about half a mile away from the stadium – just a short walk away.
Services are available from Chester and Shrewsbury, as well as from other major cities in Wales and England.
If you’re driving to the Racecourse Ground, there are several options available for parking. The closest car park is located at Wrexham General Station.
You can also find plenty of street parking around the stadium itself, but will sell-out crowds these days, spaces can get taken quickly.
If driving, do allow plenty of time given that there will be a lot of traffic near the stadium on match days.
You have a choice of two main routes to get to the Racecourse Ground: the 12 and 13. The 12 runs from Wrexham Central Station, while the 13 runs from Rhosddu Park & Ride.
Both of these buses leave every 30 minutes and take around 10 to 15 minutes to reach the stadium.
Flying and Airports
If you are flying into the UK to see a Wrexham game, the closest airports to Wrexham are:
- Birmingham International Airport (roughly 2 hours drive to Wrexham)
- Manchester International – 2 hrs 15 drive
- Liverpool Airport – 2 hrs 30 drive
Arriving in Wrexham from London
If you’re coming from further afield, there are several other transportation options available.
National Express coach/bus company runs services to Wrexham from all major cities in the UK.
Alternatively, you can also take the train from London Euston Station. With Avanti West Coast service you’ll arrive in Wrexham in roughly 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Getting Around on Match Days
On match days, it’s best to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get to the stadium.
There are regular services from Wrexham Central Station and other locations in the area on match days, making getting there even easier.
There are plenty of stewards around and near the stadium on match day and directions from the local train station and bus station are easy to follow.
How to Get Match Tickets
Given the popularity of Wrexham football club at this time, with many people visiting from places including USA, Japan, and from afar, I recommend booking tickets ahead of the game you plan to attend.
The easiest way to get tickets is to use the club’s official ticketing platform:
Another option for booking tickets is to call the Box office.
- Box Office telephone number: +44 (0)1978 361144
Accommodation in Wrexham
There are a number of hotels, B&Bs, and some Airbnb options.
You might also wish to search via booking.com below, the provider I always use.Booking.com
Watching Wrexham on TV or Online
There are options for watching Wrexham football matches online although it depends on where you are geographically located and watching from.
This is a good article explaining the various options.
Where is Wrexham and the Stadium?
Wrexham is a city located in the North-East of Wales, in the UK and visible on the map below.
Exploring the Best of Wrexham Beyond Football
Wrexham is known for its incredible footballing heritage, but there is so more to explore in this quaint Welsh town.
From outdoor activities to stunning architecture, here are five of the best things to do and see in Wrexham apart from football:
1. Climb Moel Famau
Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Welsh countryside as you climb this iconic peak.
Located within the Clwydian Range, it is one of Wales’ highest summits and offers stunning views across the region.
On clear days, you can see as far as Liverpool and Manchester!
The walk up the mountain is relatively easy and can be done in a few hours, with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery as you go.
Climb Moel Famau also offers the chance to explore interesting rock formations along the way, as well as a range of wildlife and flora.
2. Visit St Giles’ Church
Take a step back in time and admire the unique medieval architecture of this ancient church.
St Giles’ Church in Wrexham is an iconic landmark with its stunning exterior and beautiful interior.
The church, which dates back to the twelfth century, has been a popular destination for pilgrims since the Middle Ages.
You can explore the historic building while enjoying its many features, including its impressive spire, breathtaking stained glass windows, elaborate furnishings, and artifacts that tell the story of its long history.
3. Explore Plas Newydd
Be enchanted by the beautiful grounds and gardens of this historic estate, which was once the home of the Marquess of Anglesey.
Plas Newydd is a spectacular 18th-century mansion set on the stunning grounds of an estate that stretches over 2,000 acres along the banks of the River Dee.
It is one of Wales’s most beautiful and historical buildings, having been home to many families and hundreds of generations since it was first built in 1776.
You can explore the gardens with its wooded river bank, a rare collection of exotic trees, and an expansive lake that is now home to many wildfowl.
Inside the house itself are many period rooms filled with fascinating artifacts from throughout its history, including a unique selection of paintings, furniture, and decor.
4. Go to Erddig
Lose yourself in the stunning parkland and lush gardens at this National Trust property.
5. Take a Stroll through Erddig Country Park
Enjoy a leisurely stroll amongst some of North Wales’ most breathtaking nature reserves and admire its diverse wildlife.
Wrexham Travel Resources
Traveling around the world to watch & experience sports, I tend to always use the same resources for booking trips. These are the ones I use most frequently and that I find to have great customer support and competitive prices.
- Flights – are also now offered by booking.com and as I love the brand this is my first port of call now for flights.
- Booking.com – The best site I have found for hotel and accommodation bookings.
- Safety Wing Travel Insurance – I love Saftey Wing as they cover everything I need to be covered and they have a simple-to-use site, and again, I have found their customer service very good, when I needed to ask questions.
- Get Your Guide – is an excellent site as a one-stop shop for booking attractions, local tours, activities, and excursions. Great customer service and an easy-to-use site.
- Hostelworld – Book backpacker hostel rooms around the world with Hostel World.
- Sports Event Tickets – Tickets for all sporting events