FC United of Wrexham
A football club from across the pond has teamed up with FC United of Wrexham thanks to the efforts of Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds.
The tier 5 local outfit has joined forces with Texan side Nacogdoches Lobos FC. The partnership has come about thanks to FCUW club chairman Andrew Ruscoe and Isiah Madrigal of NLFC connecting over Twitter thanks to Wrexham AFC’s popularity over in the US. The newly formed union will see the clubs implement a short- and long-term vision for both clubs. They can increase the profile of each other’s brands on both sides of the pond.
Ruscoe states “both clubs will raise awareness initially over social media by retweeting, sharing and posting our results, player credits and club news stories. This will hopefully generate new fan bases from our respective sides”. Madrigal describes the longterm vision as “players from our club gaining trials in the United Kingdom, thanks to the support of FC United of Wrexham and Mr Ruscoe.
We aim to take our teams over to Wales to play FC United of Wrexham and many other clubs annually. This will generate trials for our growing player base in Texas and create life-changing opportunities”. The American club’s Twitter handle is @lobos_fc9.
A Look at Some of Wrexham’s Colourful Local Football Clubs
Cefn Druids were founded when Cefn Albion and Druids United joined forces in 1992. Druids United is one of Wales’ oldest surviving clubs. Dating back to 1923 when they arose from the merger of Druids FC and another club.
Druids were originally Plasmadoc FC in 1869 before changing their name to Druids in 1872! They play at the distinctive The Rock stadium on Rock Road, Cefn Mawr. The ground is named this because of a cliff face running along the entire length of one touchline. The pitch is 3G and was recently used by Wrexham AFC to train on as their training facility was flooded.
Llay Welfare FC
Formed in 1931, Llay Welfare Football Club started their football journey in the Wrexham and District League, which they won in the 1936–37 season. They played in the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) up until 2020 and are now in the Ardal Leagues North West, the third tier of the Welsh football league.
Llay’s first team have an impressive history, having won the Welsh Amateur Cup in 1936, the Welsh National League Division One Cup in 1959, and the North East Wales FA Challenge Cup in 1977. The ex-Tottenham and Crystal Palace strike Chris Armstrong played for the club in 1989 before moving to Wrexham AFC.
Bellevue Football Club was founded in 2016 to provide people from disadvantaged or deprived backgrounds the chance to play league football. The club works with people from black, Asian, and minority ethnic groups. Including refugees, asylum seekers, and also economic and educational migrants.
Bellevue is fully inclusive and welcomes local people with mental health issues, learning difficulties, minor disabilities, and anyone who’s faced barriers when wishing to participate in sporting activities.
Ryan’s Kind Donation
Ryan Reynolds has donated £1,600 to fund FC United of Wrexham’s new kit. It will now carry the Deadpool logo on its sleeves.
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