The Hollywood stars rewarded the players after their promotion from the National League
Wrexham’s story has captured the imagination and hearts of football fans all over the world, despite having spent the 2022/23 season in the fifth tier of English football. Their promotion was cheered far and wide, and nowhere more so than in the United States, at least outside of Wrexham itself.
As reward for an incredible season that saw them locked in a breathless battle with Notts County for promotion, owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney gifted their players a trip to Las Vegas, with all expenses taken care of by the famous duo.
On that trip was goalkeeper Ben Foster, who came out of retirement late in the season to help get the side over the line. Foster had turned down a move to Newcastle in favour of retiring last summer, but the story at Wrexham – where he had been on loan in his youth – was too much for him to pass up on the chance to return.
In the end, Foster played a huge part in sealing their title win and promotion as he saved a penalty late on in their dramatic and crucial win over Notts County in April.
How much did Wrexham’s Vegas trip cost?
“I went on the Vegas trip it was hard work mate honestly,” goalkeeper Foster said on The Fellas Podcast. “The way that Rob McElhenney and Ryan (Reynolds) put it on for us, laid it on for us, was just like nothing I’ve ever seen.
“We got there and it was just straight to the shower, straight get changed, go to Hakkasan for dinner and then we’re going to Hakkasan nightclub straight afterwards. All expenses paid.
“Got to be £500,000, had to be at least half a million genuinely it had to be because they just looked after everything.