Wrexham AFC's Kop demolished after Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds promise new stand for fans

The Kop stand has been derelict for a number of years given its poor condition.

Wrexham AFC's Kop stand has been demolished after Hollywood owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds promised a new stand for fans.

The new 5,500 capacity stand was approved by unanimous decision at a Wrexham Council planning committee meeting in November 2022.

The old stand was previously described as an "eyesore" and was derelict for a number of years given its poor condition.

Posting on social media, co-owner McElhenney shared a picture of the demolition site.

The 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' star tweeted: "Goodbye old girl. You will not be forgotten. Hopefully that’s promotion at the end of your rainbow :)".

Amongst the 150 comments, some fans were sad to see it go but many looked forward to the memories to come at The Racecourse Ground.

One comment explained: "It’s what progress looks like. The Kop will be forever remembered by those who stood on it and had many wonderful memories from there.

"The new kop will create many lasting memories for those who are lucky enough to witness games from on there again."

Wayne Jones, landlord of the Turf Hotel in the city said he felt a "tinge of sadness" at the demolition but "overall, excitement for the future".

"We've had a brilliant two years and as part of their mission statement when the guys came in they said they were going to improve the facilities and this will 100% improve the facilities"

Wayne Jones landlord of The Turf hotel said the demolition was he was "excited" for the future

"It will give more people opportunities to come to the game because we sell out now - more bums on seats more people spending money on the local economy", he added.

Another said: "The outpouring of emotion on here has been crazy, when you think about it its just steel and cement. But its memories made there which make it such a special place, the new Kop will do it justice and a whole new generation of fans can make their memories, thanks to you Rob."

Wrexham are currently placed second in the National League with the new Kop hoping to welcome fans by the beginning of the 2024/25 season.

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