As a docu-series that follows Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds as they attempt to take the third oldest professional football club to the next level, ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ is unlike any other. That’s because this FX original gives us an inside look into every aspect of their Wrexham AFC purchase, whether it be their motives, the changes they make, or their newfound passion for the sport. However, if we’re being honest, one of the most intriguing individuals to feature here was none other than athlete Paul Rutherford — so now let’s find out a little bit more about him, shall we?
Who is Paul Rutherford
Paul Rutherford was born July 10, 1987 in Moreton on Merseyside. As a child, he fell for soccer (soccer) and was soon a passionate player. He was just five years old when he started playing. His skills were sharpened by attending the Liverpool Academy. Then he decided to make a career out of soccer and join an association team. Although he signed a contract in 2005 with Chester City FC and made a promising debut that year, it was not until 2008 that he found his true groove. His first league goal came in 2008.
Since then, though, Paul has accomplished a lot, including winning the renowned Football Association (FA) Trophy in the 2009–2010 Season with the then-Conference National’s Barrow AFC. He was a Southport FC player for around three years until he signed with Wrexham AFC, where he remained for 5 years, that’s, until the takeover. The midfielder was released after the club failed to qualify for the playoffs in the 2020-2021 season, with the worst part being he’d received a red card following a late challenge in the last match.
“When I signed for Wrexham, I never for one second thought the club would be taken over by the [famous] individuals that it has,” Paul said at one point early on in the FX production. “But I think it’s certainly something that will really kick us on and take us to the next level. It’s something I want to be a part. But you must be realistic about your goals. [these] things. I’m an elder statesman in the group.” We should mention the precise reason Paul’s contract wasn’t renewed has never been publicly stated, there are only implications, yet everything did work out for him.
Where is Paul Rutherford now?
Paul signed with the Cymru Prime, Welsh semi-professional club Bala Town as a forward just 23 days after his departure form Wrexham. He even had his third child, a son, with Gemma (married May 27, 2018,) during this time. It is clear that he has been balancing all his experiences to the best of their abilities. According to our knowledge, the Rutherfords still reside in Moreton. Paul is proud to be a family man and a role model for his two older children (Riley and Ronan), as well as a football player.
“I took it quite badly,” Paul once admitted while opening up regarding his dismissal from Wrexham. “It really upset me and I was gutted; it felt like I had let the manager down, let the lads down and let the fans down. Since then, I have put a little bit of context on it and realized that it wasn’t just down to me that we failed to make the playoffs… You just have to move on; there is no point dwelling on the moment. I have got another 190-odd games people can reference, and I would like to think people will see the quality I brought at times, and the endeavor, commitment, and desire.”
Paul, who has 590 appearances as well as 35 goals under his belt as of writing, then added, “When I look back on my time with Wrexham, I would like to think the fans and people at the club who have worked alongside me know that I put everything into the club. I put my heart and soul into it; I worked tirelessly every day and every time I got my opportunity on the pitch because it was a privilege and an honor to represent the club.”
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