Rob McElhenney brings ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ to Eagles tailgate ahead of NFC Championship game in South Philadelphia

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — “Welcome to Wrexham” came to South Philadelphia on Sunday when the football club’s owner hosted a Wrexham-themed tailgate ahead of the Eagles NFC Championship Game.

Rob McElhenney is the star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and co-owns Wrexham Football Club with actor Ryan Reynolds. He’s from Philadelphia and is a die-hard Eagles fan.

He didn’t want to miss the Eagles’ home appearance in the big game, so he invited his childhood friends to a tailgate to see Wrexham ahead of the Eagles’ FA Cup game.

“It really is a David versus Goliath. We’re playing against a team that’s three leagues ahead of us. We’re separated by 70 teams,” McElhenney said of the Wrexham game.

Welcome to Wrexham is a documentary series airing on FX and Hulu. McElhenney took his crew to the Eagles’ tailgate so he could watch his two teams while co-owner Ryan Reynolds cheered on the football club abroad.

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Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds run Wrexham Football Club as they try to create an underdog story that can cheer the world on. From Hollywood to Wales, the docuseries follow their crash course in property and the intertwined fates of a team and a city.

Wrexham’s match ended in a 3-3 draw while the Eagles defeated the 49ers 31-7 and advanced to the Super Bowl.

“It’s going to be the greatest day in the history of the sport for Rob McElhenney, that’s for sure,” McElhenney said if both teams had won.

Wrexham came into the FA Cup as a massive underdog.

“We talked about going to Wales, but we didn’t want to miss the NFC Championship or the Super Bowl,” said Dennis Hart, McElhenney’s friend.

The double tailgate was the best of both worlds for McElhenney as he and his friends cheered on Wrexham before heading into the Eagles’ game.

“I didn’t know about Wrexham like most people did until he said two years ago he was buying an England football team and it’s pretty easy to be a fan when they’re owned by a mate,” said Bill Heuisler, McElhenney’s friend .

Welcome to Wrexham is now streaming on FX and Hulu.

Hulu is owned by Disney, the same parent company as this ABC network.

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