A Wrexham player and fan get the spotlight in episode two of season two of the FX, Hulu and Disney+ Original series, “Welcome to Wrexham.” Paul Mullin has a three-year-old son named Albi who has been diagnosed with autism. Meanwhile, Millie is a Wrexham supporter who also has autism. Together they are bringing awareness and acceptance for individuals with autism while putting a focus on the team they both love. Along the way, they are hoping to make the world a better place for people with autism.
This episode hit a little close to home for me. Both of my sons have been diagnosed with autism, however, I noticed more similarities between Albi and Millie and my younger son, Joey. When Paul described watching his son regress around a year old, I remember that. When Millie spoke about needing routine and being in a quiet area of the stadium to watch her team, my son has needed that. When you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some crossover in symptoms. It’s one of the most important awareness campaigns, and I’m glad this series is putting a spotlight on it.
I loved seeing the bond between Paul and Millie and how she wanted to help both Paul and Albi. She recognized how Paul was trying to raise awareness and used her art skills to help bring even more awareness to Paul’s goal. From the special shoes Paul wore to honor Albi to Millie’s dedication and her skills with art to highlight everything. Plus, Millie made a special gift basket for Albi featuring some things that she likes; like a soft “Paw Patrol” blanket; to him in hopes he loves it too. That bond is special, and it touched my heart to see it.
The next game in question where Paul and Millie met, Paul showed out on the pitch for Albi. He scored three goals in the game all for his son. It’s a special moment from a highly motivated player. I loved seeing that happen. It’s obviously not going to happen every game, but motivation is everything, especially with how that season needed to play out for Wrexham and its ownership group. This is the feel good story of the early part of the season.
Rating: 5 stars
What did you think of episode two of season two of “Welcome to Wrexham?”