Blake Lively bids ‘I’m avail’ to husband Ryan Reynolds’ newly-purchased Wrexham A.F.C. while sharing a photo of her youth soccer team from 1994
Blake Lively bid at a chance to play for Welsh soccer team Wrexham A.F.C. with a throwback snap on Sunday.
The blonde haired beauty, 33, eagerly wrote ‘I’m avail,’ while sharing a photo of her 1994 youth soccer team ‘The Purple Shadows’.
Luckily for Blake she is in bed — literally — with the team’s owner, who is none other than husband Ryan Reynolds, 44, who purchased the formerly fan-owned team with his own money in February.
Soccer star: Blake Lively, 33, bids ‘I’m avail’ to husband Ryan Reynolds’ newly-purchased Wrexham A.F.C. team with a throwback snap of her 1994 youth soccer team
The black and white snap showed a then six-year-old Blake in her AYSO soccer uniform in Los Angeles, California.
She hashtagged ‘#worldcup 1994’ above the photo as posted to her Instagram story, before tagging the Welsh soccer club with the words ‘I’m avail…’
The Gossip Girl actress continued to leverage her youth soccer experience on-screen as she played Bridget Vreeland, the athletic stunner, in The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants franchise.
And though her post was all in good fun, her expectations were not wildly unrealistic as her spouse of nine years purchased the soccer team with It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia actor Rob McElhenney in February.
Experienced player: The black and white AYSO snap showed a then six-year-old Blake wearing her soccer uniform on her team The Purple Shadows
She knows the owner! Lively’s husband of nine years Reynolds purchased the formerly fan-owned soccer team with McElhenney in February; pictured February 9
After months of clandestine investment meetings, Reynolds and McElhenney were publicly named as potential investors of the fifth tier soccer team in September.
And as the team — which was founded in 1864 — had been owned by club members since 2011, the Hollywood duo’s interest caused quite the buzz.
A November vote by the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust saw the pair get a 97.5% approval vote to take over the team.
And with a $2.5M investment the pair have now successfully taken over, with promises to use their own money to ramp up marketing and give the team a real shot at success after both professed to having an ’emotional connection,’ to Wrexham.
Love story: The Hollywood A-listers have been married since 2012 and share three children together
Spreading the news: In February Reynolds tweeted the team’s logo and wrote ‘Wrexham is the name’ after successfully taking over as owner
It is a special day for the two of us to become the latest stewards in the long and storied history of Wrexham AFC,’ the pair said in a statement.
‘Together with the players, the staff, the fans, and the local community, we can now pursue our goal to grow the team and return it to the EFL in front of increased attendances, and in an improved stadium, while making a positive difference to the wider community in Wrexham.’
The duo’s stardom has also afforded a bevy of new sponsors including Reynolds’ Aviation Gin and a new partnership with social media giant TikTok — whose logo now appears on the team’s red jerseys.
Additionally the pair continue to build buzz with a new docu-series called ‘Welcome To Wrexham,’ — which FX gave a two season order.
The series which will showcase the working-class town in North Wales and the team’s humble beginnings, as well as both Reynolds and McElhenney learning about football club ownership on the fly.
Co-owner: The It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia actor went in on the deal with Reynolds’ after both professed to having an ’emotional connection’ to the small Welsh team