...By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
Wrexham’s Turf pub by the Racecourse ground is filled with supporters from all over the world as the club gets promoted to the Football League.
Wayne Jones, the pub’s landlord, is ecstatic after his beloved team achieves this feat on a day that marks the 15th anniversary of their relegation from the league.
Despite Boreham Wood taking the lead early in the match, fans’ destiny is secured when Elliot Lee scores the equalizer before halftime, and the Turf car park explodes into a plume of red smoke following Paul Mullin’s two goals.
Hollywood celebrities like Paul Rudd celebrate with fans in the Turf pub, singing the iconic hit song “It’s Always Sunny In Wrexham” by local band The Declan Swans.
Wrexham has achieved global prominence with Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s takeover, and supporters from countries like the US, Canada, Ireland, and Colombia have gathered to celebrate the club’s success.
This incredible moment marks a cathartic experience for many locals who have waited years for Wrexham’s return to the Football League.
Wayne Jones, the pub’s landlord, admits that the moment is still surreal to him, and many fans are lost for words when asked what this means to them.
Despite the surreal nature of the occasion, Wrexham’s return to the Football League is a clear indication of their intentions to make the extraordinary a regular occurrence.
Wayne Jones’ skepticism and previous plea for the Reds not to ‘Wrexham it up’ is understandable after years in the footballing wilderness.
However, the team has proven that they have what it takes to succeed, and Wrexham fans now have a reason to hope for a brighter future.
The interactions between the celebrities and the regulars in the Turf pub are refreshing, and it feels like a group of friends having a natter outside a pub on a Saturday night.
The Hollywood connection is still prevalent, but the stardust is stripped back, making the interactions feel more natural.
Wayne Jones’ realization that his pub’s wall with the slogan “Here they come the mighty champions” is now about his beloved Wrexham team is poignant, demonstrating that the promotion has not entirely sunk in yet.
The Turf pub’s crowded bar is filled with punters who thirstily drink the night away, while the songbook gets a good workout.
The thrilling experience of hearing their song “It’s Always Sunny In Wrexham” being played in this incredible moment is visible on the face of Michael Hett, the lead singer of local band The Declan Swans, who recently battled cancer.
The celebration is a cathartic experience for Wrexham fans, and Wayne Jones is more than happy to take on the role of the ringleader, celebrating with his friends, regulars, and celebrities, enjoying the moment that they thought would never come.