Is this the year Wrexham FC return to the Football League?

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The post COVID-19 world created a plethora of news stories and incidents that many people found scarcely believable.

One of the most intriguing developments in English (or Welsh) football however came at the back end of 2020, where Hollywood film star Ryan Reynolds, teamed up with actor and comedian Rob McElhenney to purchase Wrexham Football Club.

Based at the Racecourse Ground in North Wales, Wrexham FC have always been a well-supported club in relation to their counterparts, with no other professional team operating in the English league system heralding from North Wales.

That said, their relegation to the Conference (National League) in 2008 was a real low point for all associated with the club and moving into 2023, Wrexham remain in the 5th tier of the English football league pyramid.

For Reynolds and McElhenney, this project was part of a wider plan – they wanted to buy a sports team with heritage and Wrexham FC certainly has that, being formed in 1864.

Geographically, Wrexham is less than 50 miles from both Liverpool and Manchester – two of the great footballing cities in the world, meaning the market and demand for football within the town could not be higher.

Further pulls for Reynolds and McElhenney were the lack of debt at the club, a rarity in the lower divisions and the prospect of being able to launch a fly-on-the-wall documentary series at the club.

Less than two years after purchasing Wrexham FC, Welcome to Wrexham has become a huge hit globally, with as much as $3 million dollars’ worth of revenue created from the show already.

On the pitch however, is where Wrexham fans want to see the results, despite the obvious success and scrutiny off it.

The reds remain the favorites for promotion from the National League under experienced manager Phil Parkinson and they are +110 to win the National League trophy, the NY Bet site reported.

Key rivals to Wrexham currently are Notts County, another footballing institution that have seen their fortunes ebb and flow in recent years.

Notts County are +120 to win the National League title and it promises to be a real nip and tuck race to the finish line next May.

Few divisions possess the level of unpredictability the National League does and there could be plenty of teams battling it out to go up at the end of the campaign.

Chesterfield are a side that have a rich history of playing in the Football League and whilst results haven’t been great in the early part of the season, they will fancy a run at +1400 to win the title.

Solihull Moors are another side with plenty of potential and at +2500, they can’t be discarded either.

With sell-out crowds weekly, momentum is building at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham and should they go up, Reynolds and McElhenney will be the toast of the town for generations to come.