Wrex appeal! Ryan Reynolds ‘trademarks Wrexham FC and Wrexham Is The Name in the US and UK’ as Deadpool star bids to transform Welsh football team into a major global brand as they close in on promotion
- ‘Wrexham FC’ and ‘Wrexham FC 1864’ were among the phrases trademarked
- Reynolds and co-owner Rob McElhenney took over the club in September 2020
- Ben Foster’s penalty save sealed Wrexham’s 3-2 win against Notts County
Wrexham owner Ryan Reynolds has trademarked the club’s name in a bid to turn it into a globally-recognised brand, according to reports.
The actor and entrepreneur, who co-owns the side with his fellow actor Rob McElhenney following their September 2020 takeover, has been granted copyright protection in the US and the UK for a number of names related with the National League outfit.
According to the Sun, ‘Wrexham FC’ and ‘Wrexham FC 1864’ have been trademarked in the UK and the US, with ‘Wrexham Is The Name’ also copyrighted in the States.
The Aviation Gin stakeholder has copyright pending on ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ in the US, the name of the documentary series centred around his purchase of the club and the club itself, which premiered in August 2022.
The show was renewed for a second season shortly after its release.
Ryan Reynolds has taken out trademarks for a number of names related to his club
This will allow Reynolds – pictured in New York in one of the new club hats – to create new ranges of branded goods
Actress Blake Lively – wife to Reynolds – has also been since alongside the Wrexham co-owner at the club’s games
The rights to names associated with the club will now allow Reynolds to produce a range of branded goods under the club’s aegis, with his holding company, R.R. McReynolds Company LLC, acquiring the trademarks to market goods in five different classes.
This will include clothes and sportswear, luggage, games, toys, and entertainment.
Merchandise, including matchday kits, is already available to buy through Wrexham’s club shop, with Reynold’s co-owner teasing a new line of hats during their appearance in the stands to watch the team’s five-goal thriller against Notts County on Monday.
With both teams level on 100 points and vying for the sole promotion slot at the top of the table, Notts County were first to break the deadlock.
The Canadian actor’s family have regularly visited the historic Racecourse Ground during his tenure
Reynolds and his co-owner Rob McElhenney (L) were in the stands for the landmark victory
Former Premier League goalkeeper Ben Foster cemented the win with his penalty stop
Two Wrexham goals, including star striker Paul Mullin’s 35th of the season, followed, but the visitors to the Racecourse Ground found the necessary response to level the score.
Some of the club’s Hollywood fans watched from the stands on tenterhooks as a goal from Elliot Lee put the home side ahead, before former Watford goalkeeper and recent Wrexham recruit Ben Foster stopped a penalty in the final minute to become the hero of the hour.
Both teams’ mammoth points haul puts them in range of smashing the record points total in British professional football – 106 – with four games left until the season’s end.
But despite their history-making season, one of the clubs will be forced to do battle in the play-offs to seek promotion to League Two, as the National League only has one automatic promotion spot.
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