Tinseltown: Hollywood and the Beautiful Game: A Match Made in Wrexham

with Ian Herbert

in conversation with David Williams

Date:  Sunday 9th June 2023

Venue:  Montgomery Town Hall

Time:  3.30-4.15pm

Tickets:  £9.00

We all love a rags-to-riches story, and they don’t come much bigger than what happened when Hollywood’s Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds bought cash-strapped, non-league Wrexham FC from the group of supporters who had saved the club from bankruptcy a decade earlier.

Cue the hit TV series, Welcome to Wrexham, success on the pitch and a world that fell in love with the town, its club and its people.

Wrexham fan and award-winning sports journalist Ian Herbert is our perfect guide to this extraordinary tale, told over a bumpy, nerve-crunching season as the team moves towards a return to football’s elite leagues.

Join us to hear the inside story of what really happened when Hollywood met football in post-industrial North Wales.

Ian Herbert is an award-winning sports journalist and author, and the Deputy Chief Sportswriter of the Daily Mail. He is the author of Quiet Genius, the critically acclaimed biography of former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley, which was shortlisted for the 2017 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. Herbert was born in North Wales and is a life-long Wrexham fan. His latest book, Tinseltown, tells the story of Wrexham’s regeneration since the club’s takeover by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, immortalised in the Disney+ docu-series, Welcome to Wrexham.

David Williams is an award-winning journalist, media advisor and author who is a co-founder of the MyWelshpool and MyNewtown hyperlocal news sites. Based in Guilsfield with his two young children, his work has taken him across the world where he has been involved with several Olympic Games and other major multi-sport events, handling media operations and services. His debut thriller Desert England was critically acclaimed on release in 2008, and his follow-up We Could Be Zeroes’ will be released “once I have found the time between kids and work to put the polish on it!”.