Welcome to Wrexham's Humphrey Ker reveals his key role in Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney's Wrexham takeover

Virgin Radio

3 May 2024, 13:18

Humphrey Ker in the Virgin Radio studio and Ryan and Rob in Welcome to Wrexham

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Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s good friend Humphrey Ker has opened up about his key role in encouraging the two Hollywood stars to buy Wrexham AFC.

Speaking with Ryan Tubridy on his mid morning Virgin Radio show, Ker - who is now the club’s executive director - explained how the project initially came about after he introduced McElhenney to the Netflix documentary Sunderland ‘Til I Die.

“I was working as a writer on Rob McElhenney’s excellent Apple TV+ show Mythic Quest,” Ker, who also starred in that show’s first two seasons, shared. The Welcome to Wrexham star then explained how during lockdown, he managed to convince his American friend - who had frequently teased him about his love of ‘English’ football - to watch the documentary “to explain to [him] the nature of the relationship between British people and people all over the world with their football clubs.”

McElhenney dutifully sat down to watch Sunderland ‘Til I Die, and Ker discovered the documentary had far more of an effect than he had initially intended it to have on his friend. “He came back and, you know, you always want someone to enjoy a recommendation you’ve given them. But he was like ‘I loved it! I cried, I laughed, I jumped out of my seat, I did everything! We should do this. We should buy a football team.’ And I was like ‘Oh gosh, that was a very unexpected side effect of a reco!’”

Ker was then given the task of drawing up a list of potential football teams in the UK which could be bought, while McElhenney in his own time reached out to Ryan Reynolds to suggest that they could collaborate on the huge investment project.

“We’re all in lockdown, some people are making sourdough bread, and I’m drawing up a list of football clubs!" Ker joked. "I created a list of clubs, I scored them out of 10 in various categories… and Wrexham came out on top of the scores for a whole variety of reasons.”

As Ker went on to explain, by then Deadpool actor Reynolds had agreed to come on board for the project. His involvement had a huge effect, as working with “one of the most famous men in the world” meant “people [were] queuing up to do business with us.” 

The rest, as they say, is history - more of which you can watch in the third series of Disney+’s Welcome to Wrexham docuseries, which began airing today (3rd May).