Police hunt Wrexham fans after Torquay supporters attacked at Ryan Reynolds’ first game

Police in North Wales have stepped up their hunt for fans at the centre of attacks on Torquay United supporters during Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds’ first visit to the football club he owns.

United fans were pelted with missiles at the end of the game with Wrexham and had to be given police escorts away from the Racecourse Ground.

The Gulls were the visitors to Wrexham on October 30 when film star Reynolds, who has appeared in several Hollywood blockbusters including Deadpool, met fans for the first time.

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He and fellow actor Rob McElhenney bought the football club earlier this year and have pledged to bring success to the Racecourse Ground.

But there was trouble at the end of the Torquay match, after the Gulls had scored a late equaliser to clinch a 1-1 draw.



Goal celebrations for Connor Lemonheigh-Evans of Torquay United during the National League Match between Wrexham and Torquay United at Racecourse Ground on 30 Oct 2021 in Wrexham, England (Photo by Lexy Ilsley/PPAUK)

To fit in a crowd of more than 9,000 to welcome the club’s new owners, Wrexham put the 242 travelling Torquay fans in an area of the ground in front of and below the home supporters.

Several people were hit by objects thrown into the Torquay seats. One woman was hit on the head by a bottle, and another by a coin on the side of the head.

One man had a cut below an eye from a coin, while a child was left frightened and bleeding from coins on the back of his head. Hot coffee was also thrown over the Torquay fans from the seats above them.

The United supporters’ coach was given a police escort out of town and fans on foot were also escorted to the railway station.

Torquay United made an official complaint to the National League, informed the FA and began working with police to identify those involved.



Ryan Reynolds, Owner of Wrexham applauds his fans during the National League Match between Wrexham and Torquay United at Racecourse Ground on 30 Oct 2021 in Wrexham, England (Photo by Lexy Ilsley/PPAUK)

A spokesman said: “The safety of our supporters will always be of paramount importance to us, and any actions that threaten this will not be tolerated.”

A spokesman for the Torquay United Supporters’ Trust described the scenes as ‘disgraceful and unprovoked’.

Wrexham AFC immediately expressed regrets and pledged ‘the strictest punishments’ to those involved, adding: “You are not welcome at our football club.”

Twelve Wrexham fans received bans last week.

Now Constable Dave Evans, the dedicated football officer for North Wales Police, has released a video appealing for further information about offenders at the game, which includes a picture of a man – see top of this article – officers wish to identify as part of the investigation.

He said: “This was supposed to be a great day for the club, and the new owners were present.

“There was a real carnival atmosphere inside the stadium, but unfortunately we had a few issues with a very small minority of our fans.

“This is currently under investigation by North Wales Police and we are really grateful for those people who have rung in and identified some of those offenders.

“However I would ask that you please have another look at the photos that we are reissuing.

“We really want to get those people out of the football club. They’re not really welcome here.

“We’re working to get anybody who misbehaves inside the stadium, or in and around the stadium at home or away games, banned from the club.

“The club are taking really firm action by issuing their own club bans, and this stops people from entering the ground and also from using the away travel.”

Anybody who can identify the man in the photograph released by police is asked to call 101.

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