THEY’VE already been a team for many a season, and now this couple of football champs have finally made it official.
Charley Wilson, 30, and Sadie Blakely, 26, became Charley and Sadie Wilson-Blakely at a wedding ceremony they both described as ‘perfect’.
Charley said: ‘We had beautiful weather – it was a day we will both always remember.’
They tied the knot in front of 45 people at the Manor Barn in Petersfield before a reception with a lot more guests at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea.
Sadie said: ‘We had 300 guests and everyone had a great evening enjoying the live band.
‘It was amazing – the whole day and night.
‘For both of us the most memorable part was our ceremony.
‘It was emotional and just perfect.’
Charley said they hadn’t considered getting married until same-sex marriage was legalised in the UK last year.
She said: ‘Marriage wasn’t something we thought of from the start as we couldn’t by law anyway, but when it did become legal we definitely changed our minds.’
Charley and Sadie both grew up in Buckland and became a couple nine years ago.
Charley is captain and centre forward of Portsmouth Football Club’s Ladies’ first team and Sadie is the team’s goalkeeper.
Sadie said they prefered to keep their football and personal lives separate.
She said: ‘Once we step over the white line it’s all football talk and what happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch, and never gets taken home.’
The Pompey Ladies were champions of the Women’s Premier League Southern Division 2014/2015 season, and Charley said she was optimistic their success would continue.
She said: ‘We still have many players from last year and also a few new players that have helped make our squad stronger.
‘But being champions, all the other teams know what we’re about and would love to beat us.’
Sadie said they had high hopes for the future, both on the pitch and off.
She said: ‘Our hope is to be champions again, but also win the playoffs to get a place in the Women’s Super League 2.
‘For the future we hope to live a long, married life and follow our dream, which is to go travelling, maybe in the next couple of years.’
Sadie and Charlie plan to go on honeymoon to the Greek island of Mykonos in September.