England and Real Madrid soccer star Michael Owen married childhood sweetheart LOUISE BONSALL in a surprise wedding on Friday (24JUN05) in a bid to avoid media attention.

Owen, 25, and long-term love Bonsall, 25, married in a Chester, northern England hotel on Friday, instead of their original plans to wed in their north Wales mansion.

On Saturday (25JUN05) the couple held a blessing at their Welsh home of Lower Soughton Hall.

Celebrity guests included fellow soccer players David James, JAMIE CARRAGHER, DIETMAR HAMANN and celebrity couple DAVID and Victoria Beckham.

The couple have a two-year-old daughter GEMMA ROSE.

27/06/2005 02:50