Have You Watched “Welcome to Wrexham”? (My Thoughts)

Today I had to sign a bunch of cards for Stonemaier Games, so I put on a show and got to work. That show was Welcome to Wrexham on Hulu, and 6 episodes in, I’m absolutely loving it on multiple levels.

I’m a lifelong soccer player, and I closely follow the English Premier League. One of the most exciting aspects of the league–and the tiers below it–is that the worst teams in the EPL drop down to the next tier at the end of the year, and they’re replaced by the best teams in that tier. So feasibly, over time, any team can work its way up.

A team with such hopes is Wrexham AFC, which has been relegated to the lowly 5th tier for over a decade. The show, told in 30-minute segments, focuses on what happens after movie and TV stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob Mcelhenney buy the team and try to tell a rags-to-riches story.

Again, I’m 6 episodes in and I think the show is still going, so I’m avoiding spoilers. However, I’m really enjoying the show, as it strikes a fantastic balance between the team, Wales, the townsfolk and history of Wrexham, the trials and tribulations of owning a soccer team, the friendship of Reynolds and Mcelhenney, and the story of the 2021-2022 season itself.

If you enjoyed Ted Lasso, I would highly recommend Welcome to Wrexham, especially given how much more it focuses on people than football itself. In fact, I’m pleasantly surprised by how much focus is on the people of Wrexham. I’m sure there are people there who don’t care about the team, but there are also quite a few who do, and their stories unfold in each episode.

6 episodes in, and another surprises is that the new team owners haven’t actually visited Wrexham yet. I know they have jobs, other priorities, and families, but I would think they’d jet over to Wales at some point in the first few months. Hopefully that’s coming.

The other surprise was the cost of the team, though it’s become less surprising as the season continues and all the other costs emerge. The team itself cost “only” around $3 million. Granted, that’s a lot of money, but it’s an entire soccer team–I assumed it was going to be upwards of $20 million. Perhaps that’s the nature of a 5th-tier team; in comparison, there are teams in the EPL worth $3 billion dollars or more.

I greatly look forward to continuing Welcome to Wrexham, and I’m curious about your thoughts if you’ve watched it. If you could buy a sports team, which one would you buy?

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