Ben Foster rolled back again the many years – 18 of them to be specific – as he produced his 2nd Wrexham debut on Saturday.
And he had two very substantial profile cheerleaders viewing him from the director’s box, in the club’s Hollywood homeowners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney – and on non-league day, no fewer.
Never get far too carried away, though, Ben – you might be Wrexham’s greatest-profile signing, but the Canadian and American actors weren’t actually in city to view you.
Deadpool and that person from It’s Often Sunny in Philadelphia are over from the States to toss their help driving Wrexham Women of all ages.
The Women’s crew are set to participate in in front of a document group for a domestic women’s football match in Wales on Sunday when they just take on Connah’s Quay Nomads, with in excess of 8,000 tickets marketed – smashing the earlier report of 5,175.
It will be a celebration of the team’s success this year, with Wrexham Females established to elevate the Genero Adran North trophy obtaining by now clinched the title.
And what improved way to lift it than following taking part in your closest rivals over the campaign, in a Nomads team whose initial defeat of the year only came when they hosted Wrexham in February, and in front of their movie star house owners way too.
But, initially up, the men’s facet took on York Metropolis seeking to keep their direct at the best of the Nationwide League, with former England worldwide Foster starting up in between the sticks.
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Earlier this week the expert goalkeeper announced he was ending his retirement following just six months to pull on a Wrexham shirt once more.
It is the 39-yr-old’s second spell at the Racecourse Ground after a bank loan stint with the Welsh outfit in 2005, the place he aided the club gain the LDV Vans-sponsored EFL Trophy and then gained a transfer to Manchester United.
It’s fair to say, then, that the area holds some fantastic recollections for Foster, and he was all far too happy to aid out the club as they purpose to return to the Football League just after they misplaced No.1 keeper Rob Lainton to harm.
Foster created 26 appearances for Watford in the Premier League past season and was not too long ago connected with moves to Tottenham and Newcastle as they sought personal injury deal with of their possess.
But now he’s dropped into non-league as a substitute, and he insisted the draw of Reynolds and Rob McElhenney and their substantial-profile takeover of the Welsh club, and the cash that may well arrive with it, experienced absolutely nothing to do with his selection.
“I never need substantially [money],” he claimed on his podcast, The Fozcast.
“To be honest, the negotiations took about five minutes.
“Wages smart, it’s practically peanuts… the section for me is having the team around the line and having them promoted. I’m a extremely small upkeep participant.
“Just wheel me out, I’ll do a work.”
Effectively, they did just that on Saturday as he was promptly specified his initial start out and second debut for the club, sporting the No.12, and given a excellent reception from the household supporters.
And it couldn’t have absent any better, with Wrexham securing a 3- earn to maintain their 3-level guide above rivals Notts County, although also achieving 100 goals scored in the league this season.
Foster did get a possibility to meet up with Reynolds on Saturday after the activity.
Foster told Wrexham’s YouTube channel after not conceding: “No, doddle mate. 3-, clean up sheet, bosh. Just met Ryan Reynolds in the tunnel. Don’t get much far better than that. Heading out for a pretty meal tonight, charming Saturday that.”