Limerick soccer player’s fairytale FA Cup journey

Anthony Forde, who is featuring in Wrexham's FA Cup run.

A COUNTY Limerick man is on an FA Cup winning run with non-league Wrexham AFC, in the unlikely company of Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Robert McElhenney.

Anthony Forde from Ballingarry was sprung for the bench during the Welsh side’s shock 4-3 victory over Championship play-off contenders Coventry City in the third round of the FA Cup.

They are now at home to another Championship side in Sheffield United at The Racecourse Ground in Wrexham on Sunday. 

The fixture is an 11,000 sell-out, and Forde is in the reckoning for a starting spot.

Wrexham enter the weekend on the back of five wins on the bounce.  

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The club is owned by Hollywood ‘A’ listers Ryan Reynolds and Robert McElhenney and is the subject of a popular documentary series called ‘Welcome to Wrexham.’

Forde signed for the club on a two-year deal last Summer, having come through the Wolverhampton Wanderers academy system. He made his Premier League debut against Chelsea in November 2011.

Forde was loaned to Scunthorpe United in 2013 and later helped Wolves secure promotion to the Championship on his return, before signing for Walsall, where he spent two seasons.

The 29-year-old signed a three-year deal at Championship side Rotherham United in 2016 and went on to make over 100 appearances for the Millers, including the League One Play-Off Final in 2018.

He has spent the previous three years at Oxford United before moving to Wrexham.

Speaking upon his arrival, Forde said: “I’m absolutely delighted; it’s really exciting and I can’t wait to get going. I know about the history of the Club and think there are exciting times ahead.

“First and foremost, I’ll give 100 per cent. Hopefully I can get some assists and a few goals, and create a lot of chances for the team.”

He has now featured in 20 games with the club.