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*** LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023 ***
*** ONE OF THE DAILY TELEGRAPH‘S SPORTS BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2023 ***
*** ONE OF THE TIMES’ SPORTS BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2023 *** The remarkable inside story of how two Hollywood A-listers, Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, stunned the football world by buying a non-league club in North Wales. ‘A superb account of a modern-day success story, told beautifully by one of the best writers in the business. This is one of the great football stories of recent years. No matter who you support, if you love football, you will love the story of Tinseltown.‘ Daniel Taylor, The Athletic ‘This is a compelling, multi-layered, page turner, underpinned by a real sense of both place and connection with the eclectic characters involved. It will appeal to anyone with even the slightest interest in the game’s enduring place in a changing world.’ Louise Taylor, Guardian ‘This book comes from the heart. It tells the story of how Wrexham, the club I love, has always been special and achieved so much in the past, as well as the present. I really enjoyed it.’ Mickey Thomas, Wrexham FC legend and 1992 FA Cup hero
It was one of the most extraordinary takeovers British football has known. In February 2021, Ryan Reynolds joined with Rob McElhenney to buy Wrexham AFC, a non-league team in North Wales.
Wrexham, a former coal and steel town dealing with its post-industrial legacy, suddenly found itself at the centre of global attention, with broadcast networks around the world descending to discover what was going on. The club became the subject of a smash hit Disney+ docu-series, Welcome to Wrexham.
Tinseltown tells the story of this extraordinary, unpredictable and often surreal football takeover and the remarkable events that followed. Written with the full cooperation of Wrexham AFC, it is the inside story of what happened when Hollywood met a dot on a map. How a town was transformed when its football club, aspiring only to survive on the fifth rung of the British football ladder, was sprinkled with gold dust and found ambition again.
With unique access to players, the manager and the club’s executives, the book charts the club’s attempts to climb up the pyramid, providing a vivid sense of what it is like to play for this ‘Hollywood’ team and the pressure and spotlight that comes with it.
At their only press conference since buying the club, nobody laughed when Reynolds and McElhenney said the Premier League could be an aspiration. ‘Couldn’t we theoretically make this happen?’ McElhenney asked. ‘Why not dream big?’ added Reynolds. ‘If you don’t dream big, you will never go there, so why not?’ Tinseltown is the story of how they did just that.
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