Wrexham beware! Notts County and 'the non-league Erling Haaland' out to spoil Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney's promotion dreams
While eyes will inevitably be drawn to Old Trafford, Anfield and Celtic Park, arguably the most significant game of this Easter weekend will take place on Monday, as Wrexham and Notts County battle it out at the Racecourse Ground.
Already billed as the biggest non-league fixture ever, it is a meeting of the world’s oldest professional club and perhaps its trendiest, and with free-scoring strikers on the pitch, Hollywood owners in the stands and a place in the Football League up for grabs for the winners, there is certainly no shortage of narrative.
Wrexham, of course, are big news at the moment, interest in the Welsh club having rocketed following the arrival of actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney as owners in February 2021, and aided significantly by the subsequent ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ documentary series on FX.
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The best sporting stories, though, come when two heavyweights go head-to-head, and that has certainly been the case in the National League this season. In County, one of England’s most historic and storied clubs, Reynolds and Co. have found a more-than-worthy adversary.
The teams head into Monday’s game level on points - 100 points - but with County top of the table by virtue of goal difference - +70 compared to +67. Wrexham still have a game in hand, but defeat would leave them as underdogs when for so long they had looked destined for promotion.
More twists and turns, naturally, are to be expected, but ahead of this most dramatic and meaningful of fixtures, GOAL caught up with the men trying to spoil the Wrexham party…