Charlie becomes fourth generation to sign for a professional football club

A teenager is following in his family’s bootsteps to become the fourth consecutive generational player to play for a professional club.

By Nick Frame
Tuesday, 5th April 2022, 8:32 am

Thirteen-year-old midfielder Charlie Boardman from South Elmsall recently signed up to Barnsley FC’s academy.

It comes after his dad, Craig Boardman, played for Nottingham Forest, Halifax and Scarborough in the 1990s.

Before that, his grandad, George Boardman Jnr lined up for Barnsley in the 1960s and 70s, while George Boardman Snr played for Partick Thistle in the 1920s, before moving to Bradford Park Avenue.

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Signing up....Charlie Boardman signs for Barnsley. His father Craig (top right) was a professional player, along with his grandad George (middle right) and George Snr (bottom right).

Wife of George Jnr and Charlie’s grandmother, Jane Boardman said: “We have over 100 years of football in the Boardman family.

“We know he’ll be happy at Barnsley and hopefully he will do well.

“We’re so proud of him, but because we are a football family we are quite grounded, we know that things can go wrong and there could be disappointments.

"We’re happy it’s Barnsley, there were a couple of other teams interested but he is a Barnsley fan.”