Lightning and rain couldn’t dampen sunny spirits for Wrexham’s 1st visit to Philadelphia

In November 2020, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Rob McElhenney purchased a small British soccer club in Wrexham, Wales, with fellow actor Ryan Reynolds.

The pair subsequently vaulted the British team into the global spotlight by investing in the side’s push to win a National League championship and promotion into the fourth tier of English professional soccer. Throughout the process, they documented the highs and lows of the journey with a heart-warming and often self-deprecating Hulu series.

On Friday night, McElhenney’s team finally got its long-awaited game in its co-owner’s  hometown, with Wrexham taking on the Philadelphia Union II at Subaru Park in Chester. The packed crowd that showed up for kick-off dissipated after lightning led to a two-and-a-half hour weather delay, but those who braved the rainy second half were given an entertaining 1-1 draw.

The final stop of Wrexham’s four-game U.S. tour brought in old and new fans for celebrations that began before Friday night. For many, the match was an opportunity to celebrate perhaps the biggest current exponent of Welsh culture. One that has still maintained its down-to-earth humility and ability to even join in on the festivities.

  • July 31, 2023
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