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Review: ‘Welcome To Wrexham’ Season 3

Wrexham FC has successfully re-entered the English Football League and is now aiming for consecutive promotions to climb further up the football pyramid. This ambitious goal sets the stage for where Season 3 kicks off.

The appeal of “Welcome to Wrexham” was always beyond just the sport and results. It draws us into the lives of the players and the broader Welsh community—Season 3 continues this tradition.

While the documentary encompasses much more than football, the pressure on the club has intensified like never before, largely because of the visibility provided by this docuseries. Wrexham now enjoys a worldwide fanbase, as we quickly see in the first episode. I don’t ever recall a newly promoted non-league side doing a pre-season tour in the States, but Wrexham truly is like no other club. Nevertheless, the series maintains its down-to-earth approach amidst heightened stakes and a larger viewership.

Season 3: More Heart; More Success; More Pain

Many football documentaries typically don’t last more than a season, and it’s often because the seasons start to blur together. In a world where the bar is set higher with each new season, keeping viewers engaged can be tough, even for documentaries. However, ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ doesn’t encounter this problem, as it has successfully elevated its content once again. With cameras and microphones capturing unprecedented moments unlike those seen in previous seasons, Season 3 of “Welcome to Wrexham” makes viewers feel they’re more than just spectators at matches.

Success in football often comes with its share of pain. For instance, star player Paul Mullin suffers an injury and is sidelined for the first part of the season—a significant setback that the team must learn to navigate. Meanwhile, Ben Foster contemplates retirement, a decision fraught with difficulty for any athlete. While such stories are common in football clubs around the world, what sets them apart in this context is the unique way they are narrated and the compelling behind-the-scenes footage that brings these narratives to life.

The club officials constructed a team robust enough to survive and thrive in League 2 while they were still in the National League, which should have facilitated a smoother transition from non-league to the English Football League. However, they were quickly penalized for sloppy mistakes that underscored the significant gap between the league they originated from and the one they are now competing in. This serves as a gentle reminder to Wrexham that they can’t simply show up and expect to win, a mindset they might have grown accustomed to since Rob and Ryan took over the club.

Men’s Mental Health Explored

As always, “Welcome to Wrexham” delves into much more than just football. In one of the three episodes I had the chance to preview, the topic of Men’s Mental Health is explored, specifically focusing on ANDYSMANCLUB. This is a wonderful charity with groups throughout the UK, aiming to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and providing a judgment-free, confidential space where men can openly discuss the challenges they face. I know several individuals who have attended, and this charity truly saves lives. I’m incredibly thrilled that such a commendable organization is going to receive more exposure and will save and help even more lives as a result of the documentary.

A True Fan

On a personal note, having spent 18 years growing up in the UK before moving to Canada, ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ rekindles the joy and passion I once experienced watching football with my dad. It truly brings a taste of home to me, complete with the football culture, banter, wonderful people, and the profound sense of pride that comes with following your team through highs and lows.

You can view the trailer below:

With the EFL season concluded until August, ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ is the perfect way to satisfy your football cravings until the new season kicks off! Season 3 premieres with two episodes on Thursday, May 2nd, at 10/9c on FX. Episodes will be available for streaming the following day exclusively on Hulu in the U.S. and Disney+ in Canada, the UK, and many other countries.

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