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Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds has picked Ben Foster’s last-minute penalty save as his moment of the team’s National League promotion-winning season. In April, the 40-year-old goalkeeper denied Notts County striker Cedwyn Scott’s 97th-minute strike from 12 yards to preserve a 3-2 lead for the Welsh club against their fifth-tier title rivals.
Foster had only come out of retirement two-and-a-half weeks earlier to re-sign with his former team following a season-ending knee ligament injury suffered by first-choice goalkeeper Rob Lainton. The match against County was only the former England international’s fourth appearance since returning to the team where he previously played on loan in 2005.
The win gave Wrexham a three-point lead atop the National League table. With that gap, they could and did confirm the league title with a league game to spare in the season after beating Boreham Wood later that same month.
Reynolds and fellow co-owner were both there at the Racecourse Ground watching on. The former describes that moment as one of the best feelings in his life.
“For me, it’s pretty hard to top the feeling when Ben Foster saved that penalty from Cedwyn Scott,” Reynolds said when asked on the Fearless in Devotion podcast to pick one favourite moment from the season. The Canadian-American actor explains that the context surrounding the save further enhances the feeling of euphoria.
“I saw something on social media of Ben, explaining his perfect moment as a goalkeeper – and it was a year before. And he’d described that moment, and he’d never had that moment before. And he retired.”
Foster retired in mid-September 2022 after leaving Watford at the end of his contract following their Premier League relegation. The announcement came after rejecting an opportunity to join Newcastle United.
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Reynolds continued: “And it had never happened to him, but he explained it’s the last minute of the game, the last play, it’s all on the line, you’re playing another top side, and this guy is going to put in the net 10 times out of 10. But not today. Not today.
“He called ‘a shot’. It’s what Babe Ruth used to do in American sports. Ben called it, and it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
“I don’t know I’ve ever felt as good as the legal drug of Ben Foster saving that penalty against Notts County. Then that Scott guy scored the winning penalty at Wembley to take those guys up. That’s storytelling.”
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