LOS ANGELES– New faces, new fights and new reasons to celebrate! This is what we can expect from the new season of “Welcome to Wrexham”.
When we left off the first season, Wrexham Football Club, owned by Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, had just lost a key match that would have earned the club promotion to the English Football League. Season two picks up from there.
“What I found most fascinating and captivating in the first season, when I watched it, was more about the people of the town, the players and the team, the challenges that all these people face in their daily lives and how the football club intersects with that,” Wrexham AFC executive director Humphrey Ker told On The Red Carpet.
“It’s pretty much the same this year, you know. You’re going to meet a whole new slate of people. You’re going to see a lot of familiar faces that you know and love maybe from season one. And, you know , I hope I don’t want to spoil the ending, but you know, maybe there will be some celebrations that people can enjoy watching towards the end.”
Ker also teased a few episodes featuring players from the Wrexham women’s football team, some of which could give the men’s club a run for their money!
“These women are all fans of the club. They’re all from Wrexham or the surrounding area, who have had this incredible opportunity to go and watch the men on a Saturday, be fans, and then on Sunday put on their shirts and be the players and bring crowds of fans to watch them play,” Ker said.
Fans of the show will recognize Ker from his appearances in ‘Welcome to Wrexham’. In fact, Ker may well be the one responsible for McElhenney and Reynolds’ involvement in Wrexham. He worked with McElhenney as a writer on a previous show. During lunch breaks, he would watch football on his laptop and McElhenney would take note.
“Then, at the start of lockdown, I had him watch a documentary called ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’, which sort of gave him an instant insight into the nature of football fandom, football fandom, here in the Kingdom -Uni, that kind of semi-fandom.” The religious obsession we have here with our football teams. And that’s what I think attracted him, well I know because he texted me right after, and said “that was amazing, I love it, We should buy a football team.” ‘And then three years later, here I am,” Ker said.
Ker joked that McElhenney and Reynolds didn’t properly thank him for blazing this trail for them.
“I think there should be a formal phone call every day at 9 a.m. for me to be ritually thanked,” he laughed.
“I mean, listen, they’re having the time of their lives, they’re loving it so much,” Ker continued. “Football was kind of secondary to what they were doing for the community. Now I think they’re starting to say ‘oh, actually, soccer is great too.'”
“Welcome to Wrexham” airs Tuesdays on FX and streams the next day on Hulu.
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