Wrexham goal at Wembley among Ryan Reynolds’ top 10 moments

Ryan Reynolds listed the goal that booked Wrexham’s place in the FA Trophy final at Wembley among his “10 greatest moments of life”.

The National League side secured a return to England’s National Stadium for the first time since 2015 in a dramatic semi-final against Stockport County at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday.

With the game tied 0-0 and heading to a penalty shootout, Paul Mullin, a big League One buyer from Cambridge United in the summer, appeared with something very special to settle the tie. Hanging on to the end of a delicious through ball, the 27-year-old striker spotted keeper Ben Hinchcliffe off his line and attempted a bold lob.

Mullin’s spectacular effort sailed over the failed cork to the delight of the racetrack crowd, including Reynolds, who made a surprise appearance in the match. The striker added a second three minutes later to secure Wrexham’s place in the final, where they will face fellow National League side Bromley.

Reynolds was left purring over Paul Mullin’s delicious lob just as the match ended

Afterwards, Reynolds, who bought the club alongside fellow actor Rob McElhenney in February last year, could not hide his joy, calling Mullin’s strike one of the ten best moments of his life.

He tweeted: “Seeing this in person was one of the ten best moments of my life. Thank you, @Wrexham_AFC.” The Deadpool actor received a warm response from Wrexham fans, who thanked him for his investment in the club.

One person replied: “I have never felt so hopeful and optimistic about the future of Wrexham before. The buzz is back, everyone wants to be involved. The amazing days you have brought us This season the home and away days have been amazing and it’s all thanks to you and @RMcElhenney.”

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Reynolds surprised fans with his visit to the racetrack
Reynolds surprised fans with his visit to the racetrack

While someone else said: “There’s no going back now. Once this club is under your skin, it will be there for life. Thank you both for the journey the most amazing. We’re going to Wembley @AlexJGardner @RMcElhenney @VancityReynolds.”

Wrexham will now face National League rivals Bromley in the FA Trophy final on May 22 as Reynolds and McElhenney seek their first piece of silverware as club owners.

The Dragons last visited the home of English football in 2015. It was also for an FA Trophy final, but they lost on penalties to National League minnows North Ferriby United.

Wrexham lost to North Ferriby in the FA Trophy final in 2015
Wrexham lost to North Ferriby in the FA Trophy final in 2015

Attention will turn to the league for boss Phil Parkinson on Tuesday when they welcome Barnet to the racetrack. The Welsh club are 11 points behind league leaders Stockport but have a game in hand over the division’s best.