Wrexham co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have named Notts County as the team they are backing to win the National League playoffs after the title race was finally settled. After a 15-year exile, the Red Dragons have returned to the Football League after a goal from Elliot Lee and a brace from Paul Mullin sealed them a 3-1 win over Boreham Wood on Saturday.
Under a flare-lit night sky, Reynolds and McElhenney celebrated as Wrexham’s promotion was confirmed. Earlier in the day, Notts County’s 5-2 win against Maidstone United ensured that Wrexham had to win to avoid the title race being decided on the final day of the season.
Wrexham’s win over Boreham Wood moved them on to 110 points at the top of the table, with County left faced with the stiff task of earning promotion via the playoffs. In the National League, only one team earns automatic promotion, while the other is decided via the playoffs as only two spots are up for grabs in League Two.
Reynolds has since revealed that both he and McElhenney are backing the Magpies to join them after they moved to a huge tally of 106 points, with a game still to play.
Reynolds told BT Sport: “I’m not sure I can actually process what happened tonight. I’m a little speechless. One thing that has been running through my head is people who asked, ‘Why Wrexham?’ This is why. What is happening now is why Wrexham.
“Huge credit to Boreham Wood tonight. Also, this entire story, the reason we’re sitting on the edge of our seat right now is because Notts County is so damn good as well. They deserve to go up.
“It’s something Rob and I feel quite strongly about. We are rooting for Notts County. We want to see them go up to League Two and face them next year. They’re incredible.”
It’s not the first time that Reynolds has spoken out on the promotion system in the National League. After beating Notts County in a thrilling 3-2 classic on Easter Monday, the Deadpool star described the fact that only one club is automatically promoted from the division as “insane”.
“It’s just insane to me in this league that only one goes up automatically,” he exclaimed, before adding: “If it were different – and I think it should be – both of these clubs would be celebrating together right now because what they’ve done is not only created drama unlike anything you’d ever see in a damn movie, but something that I think people will be talking about for ages.
“The fact that this much attention has come upon the National League in this way is incredibly special and immensely worthy of the talents of not only Wrexham, but Notts County as well.”
Notts County are destined for the six-team playoffs, despite being 36 points better off than Bromley in the final play-off place. Chesterfield, Woking and Barnet are guaranteed playoff spots. Boreham Wood and Bromley complete the picture but Eastleigh and Southend hope to crash the party.
And Wrexham goalkeeper Ben Foster also thinks it’s a “shambles” that County won’t be recognised for finishing as runner-up in England’s fifth tier. Following Wrexham’s 3-2 win over County on Easter Monday, the former England and Manchester United shot-stopper, said: “It’s almost a shambles that only two teams get promoted from this league.”
He added: “We’re both far and away better than the rest of the teams, they need to look at that. Fair play to Notts County. That was as good a game as any I’ve played in, genuinely, end-to-end, chances, everyone giving it a go. It was a real intriguing way of playing football, they play a high line, we like to get in behind, hopefully the neutral enjoyed it, too.”
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