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Wednesday, 19 October 2022

Welcome to Wrexham Season 2: What do we know so far?

The footballing world could scarcely believe it when Deadpool star, Ryan Reynolds, and Rob McElhenny joined together to purchase Wrexham AFC (Clwb Pêl-droed Wrecsam in native Welsh), a football club in north Wales. 

A lot has changed for the club since then. Its fortunes on the pitch have improved dramatically thanks to some much-needed investment, facilities have been improved, the club signed a major shirt sponsorship deal with one of the largest companies in the world - TikTok - and the club got its very own TV show: Welcome to Wrexham. 

The first season of the show has wrapped up now, but there will be a second. Rob McElhenny took to Twitter as the first season came to a close to confirm that we can expect a second installment. 

Oops. Sorry. Tonight is the last episode of SEASON 1 of @WrexhamFX

SEASON 2 will return next year. I have a clause in my contract that stipulates I will not do anything less than 16 seasons of a TV show :)

â€" Rob McElhenney (@RMcElhenney) October 13, 2022

When will season 2 air? 

All we know so far is that season two is coming next year. So, at some point in 2023. The documentary series is being shot through the 2022/23 football season, so it likely won't wrap shooting until late spring 2023, meaning it won't air for at least a couple of months after that, similar to the first season. 

If timing fits this year's schedule, that will mean some time towards the end of August 2023. 

Where can I watch/stream Welcome to Wrexham? 

In the US, you can watch the show on FX, or you can stream it on Hulu. The latter, of course, requires a subscription. 

Elsewhere - in the UK - you can stream the show on Disney Plus, again, you'll need a subscription. 


What's the story so far? 

In season one we get a first glimpse of what it was like behind the scenes as McElhenny and Reynolds take over the football club. It's the pair's first forray into sports together, but they take over a club struggling in the bottom tiers of English football. 

Wrexham AFC - although a Welsh club - is in the English football club system, where it's sitting just outside the bottom tier English Football League (EFL) in the Vanarama National League. It's been outside the EFL tiers since 2008, having spent the 87 years previous within the lower divisions of the Football League. 

Reynolds and McElhenny's desire to buy a historic club that was down on its luck led them to Wrexham, a club formed in 1864, and one which has been dogged by financial trouble and uninspiring on-field performances for much of the 21st century so far. 

In season one we see the two's focus on turning things around, both on and off the pitch, with the team making it to the play-off final and getting incredibly close to a promotion back to the EFL. The season climaxes with the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium, with the club playing in front of 25,000 of its own fans. 

Tonight's season finale is my ringtone forever. #WrexhamFX pic.twitter.com/m8DB48eepf

â€" Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) October 12, 2022

Cast and stars

With this being a docuseries about a football club, the number of people making an appearance in the shows is - quite frankly - huge. So we won't list them all. Here are some of the bigger names, and faces you'll see most often through the series. 

  • Ryan Reynolds - co-owner, Wrexham AFC
  • Rob McElhenny - co-owner,  Wrexham AFC
  • Humphrey Ker - Executive Director, Wrexham AFC
  • Phil Parkinson - Manager, Wrexham AFC
  • Shaun Harvey - Advisor to Board, Wrexham AFC
  • Wayne Jones - owner, The Turf
  • Fleur Robinson - CEO, Wrexham AFC
  • Paul Mullin - forward, Wrexham AFC
  • Jordan Davies - midfielder, Wrexham AFC

What do I need to know? 

Wrexham AFC plays its home games at the Racecourse Ground - one of the oldest stadiums in the world - which holds a maximum of around 10,000 fans. Since the takeover, it's almost at capacity every single week with the club becoming more popular than ever. 

McElhenny and Reynold's ownership of the football club started in classic Ryan Reynolds form with some pretty hilarious ads and TV spots. The spoof Ifor Williams Trailer company ad was a particular highlight, as was a spot in which the pair first announced the Welcome to Wrexham show, with a Welsh speaker 'translating' for them. 

In the first season under new ownership, Wrexham's away shirt was designed as a tribute to McElhenny in the style of the Philadelphia Eagles jersey. It was dark green and featured 'It's Always Sunny' stitched into the back of the collar as a reference to the actor's most well-known show.

For the latest season, that's been replaced by a blue shirt which has 'Ymdrech Mwyafswm' on the back which translates to 'Maximum Effort' - a tip of the hat to Ryan Reynolds' production company of that name. 

McElhenny's endeared himself to the fans - and to the Welsh nation in general - by learning to speak Welsh; learning how to pronounce the longest place name in Wales and the words to the national anthem, belting it out passionately at the FA Trophy final at the end of his first season in charge and - in doing so - raising the profile of the language and the country. 

In season 2 we'll see the club - yet again - attempting to gain promotion back to the EFL and, if early season form is anything to go by, it'll be more than possible. 

Source : https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/163056-welcome-to-wrexham-season-2-stream-watch-cast

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