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'Welcome to Wrexham' Season 3 review: Show — and team — set high bar

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Wrexham FC are back in the EFL and looking to continue their climb up the English football pyramid in the new season of the hit show from Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

Reynolds and McElhenney own the club, which earned promotion to League Two in the second season of the docuseries.

“Welcome to Wrexham” has given casual American soccer fans unprecedented inside access into the everyday world of lower-league English football. The show led to astronomical growth of the club’s fanbase, especially in the United States.

The 2023-24 season began with a summer preseason tour of the United States against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United and ended with a second consecutive promotion — this time to League One, the third tier of English football.

The Sporting News secured an early look at the first three episodes of Season 3, which does a wonderful job of highlighting the growth of the club and the tension of a long season while navigating the weekly monotony of lower league football. The show also serves up a strong mix of realistic day-to-day footage and media narratives.

Fans have become used to the kind of exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the club that “Welcome to Wrexham” provides, but the show has outdone itself with the level that Season 3 provides. With cameras and microphones in places and situations you’d never expect, Season 3 of “Welcome to Wrexham” makes viewers feel like they’re not just on the pitch for matches, but truly part of the club. It’s no wonder fans in another continent have grown an affinity for the Welsh club.

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In the United States, “Welcome to Wrexham” is available to watch live every Thursday evening on FX, which can be streamed on Fubo, who are offering a free trial for new users. The show can also be streamed on Hulu on demand.

Elsewhere, Welcome to Wrexham can be streamed globally in other countries on Disney+ where available.

Season 3 of Welcome to Wrexham will have its first two episodes released on the evening of ThursdayMay 2, 2024 on FX, with the first episode released at 10 p.m. ET/PT and the second airing straight after at 11 p.m. ET.

After that double feature, each successive episode will be released weekly at the same time.

Episodes are released in the United States at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX, and available to stream the following day.

The first episode of season three starts slow, but the delay in pacing is well worth the wait.

There’s very little exclusive footage from the squad’s offseason celebration in Vegas, which could have been legendary. But the show picks up steam with the summer friendlies on American soil.

Wrexham were pummeled 5-0 by Chelsea, a stark reminder of the level they wish to achieve. But the goal of elevation to the Premier League is still a long way away — as Reynolds reminds viewers.

Moving on to the season opener against MK Dons at home, viewers can truly feel the tension and excitement felt by the club’s fans and staff in a roller-coaster start to life in League Two. Cameras on injured striker Paul Mullin watching from the U.S. is an added bonus, and Season 3 of “Welcome to Wrexham” gets underway with a bang.

A livid Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson draws viewers right into the action in the second episode of the season, which alternates between early-season action and an enjoyable and emotional side quest with a local Wrexham supporter.

Beloved goalkeeper Ben Foster’s retirement also takes center stage, as does Mullin’s return to the club for rehab from his injury. And new signing Stephen Fletcher introduces himself before the episode finishes on a high note with a dose of revenge for past pain.

“Welcome to Wrexham” takes time throughout Episode 3 to focus on their women’s team, which also has received heavy investment from Ryan and Rob. The women’s team has moved up to the highest football division in Wales, which is a big jump considering it’s a move from the amateur to the professional level.

The show highlights another emotional fan journey, this time connected to mental health, as well as the club’s sports psychologist, a job which has become increasingly important in modern football. The game footage in the episode beautifully weaves in the story of the sports psychologist.

And the episode ends on a high note with the Notts County match, showcasing a budding but venomous rivalry between the two newly-promoted clubs.

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