Reynolds and McElhenney react to Wrexham's FA Cup spat

‘We were living rent free in that motherf*****’s brain!’: Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney react to Wrexham’s FA Cup spat with Billy Sharp and delight in mind games that saw them ‘own’ the striker

  • Wrexham’s FA Cup run last term ended in a dramatic 3-1 loss to Sheffield United
  • Then-Blades captain Billy Sharp labelled Wrexham ‘disrespectful’ after victory
  • Listen to the latest episode of Mail Sport’s podcast ‘It’s All Kicking Off!’

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have reignited Wrexham’s feud with Billy Sharp, following his outburst after Sheffield United’s FA Cup win in February. 

The then-Blades skipper savaged Wrexham’s players and told them to ‘shove that on your documentary’ in a tunnel spat that followed a 3-1 win. 

Sharp was furious with the ‘disrepect’ shown by the then-National League outfit, accusing some players of taunting in the lead-up to the game and taking issue with a tweet posted by Wrexham’s official Twitter account which tagged potential fifth-round opponenets Tottenham. 

In the second season of Disney+ show, Welcome to Wrexham, the co-chairman finally had their say on the infamous row, delighting in ‘owning’ Sharp.

‘It was really interesting. It was psychology 1 on 1,’ Reynolds said. ‘It was like “oh we own you right now”. You’re a Championship team, and second place in the Championship, you guys are amazing. 

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney delighted in mind games that saw them ‘own’ the striker

Sharp looked to goad the away fans at the end as he gestured tears towards the 4,700 fans

Sharp was angry at a tweet by Wrexham which tagged Tottenham prior to Febraury’s replay

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‘And this guy we just got under his skin. It was so, so wonderful to see that we got under that guy’s skin the way he did.’

‘We were living rent free in that motherfucker’s brain,’ McElhenney added, struggling to contain his laughter. 

Sharp followed his rant in the tunnel with a fiery post-match interview where he detailed his list of grievances against Wrexham and their players. 

‘I wasn’t happy with the way they’ve been as a club before the game,’ he told ITV Sport. 

‘Eyeing up Spurs. They’ve not even beaten us. 

Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson felt Sharp disrespected his club with his post-match antics

Wrexham striker Paul Mullin (middle) and Parkinson (right) confronted Sharp (left) on the pitch

‘We’re an honest set of lads and we want to go as far as we can in this competition. If we get beaten in the next round, so be it. We’ll give it a right go.

‘I think they thought we were just going to roll over when we get back in it. I think the referee was helping them all night as well, I don’t think he gave me one foul all night.’

Sheffield United went on to reach the semi-final after impressive wins against Tottenham and Blackburn before their fairytale run was ended by eventual winners Manchester City. 

Paul Heckingbottom’s side maintained their strong form to finish second and secure promotion to the Premier League while Wrexham returned to the Football League after besting Notts County in an exhilarating National League title race. 


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