Soccer-Promoted Wrexham to play in League One for first time in 19 years

By Thomson Reuters Apr 13, 2024 | 11:58 AM

(Reuters) – Ambitious Welsh side Wrexham secured back-to-back promotions with a thumping 6-0 victory over Forest Green on Saturday to ensure a top-three place in League Two and rewrite the script for Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

Paul Mullin scored twice in the emphatic victory against the bottom side in the division to move Wrexham to 82 points from 44 games, ensuring their promotion with two matches to spare.

Defeats for MK Dons and Barrow meant Wrexham cannot be overhauled in the top three and will be playing in the English third tier next season for the first time since 2005.

Reynolds and McElhenney took over the club in November 2020 but missed out on promotion from the National League in their first full season, before ending a 15-year exile in non-league football in the 2022-23 campaign.

The club’s trials and tribulations under its famous owners have come to international attention through the documentary series Welcome to Wrexham.

Division leaders Stockport County also sealed their place in League One next season, but the third promotion place has yet to be decided with Mansfield Town favourites to earn it.

(Reporting by Nick Said, editing by Pritha Sarkar)