Jah Wobble’s son Charlie Wardle signs professional contract at York City

Charlie Wardle in action for York City (Mark Cromer)

Charlie Wardle, son of veteran Public Image Limited bassist Jah Wobble, has signed professional forms with York City.

Midfielder Charlie, who signed the contract on his 17th birthday, is also the son of multi-award winning musician Zi Lan Liao.

Charlie Wardle playing for for Northwich Manchester Villa (Dan McNicol)
Charlie Wardle playing for for Northwich Manchester Villa (Dan McNicol)

The former Bramhall High School pupil played for local junior sides Bramhall North, Wilmslow and Reddish Vulcans as well as Stockport Schools.

He spent over two years with Wigan Athletic’s academy before joining Bury’s Academy in April 2015.

In January this year he signed for Northwich Manchester Villa in the North West Counties 1st Division, where he played in the majority of the team’s fixtures during the final three months of the season.

His form was acknowledged by several clubs not least York City manager Jackie McNamara.

Never afraid to give youth a chance McNamara, offered the Wardle the opportunity to join The Minstermen upon their return to The National League.

The Stockport youngster then spent the whole of pre-season training with the newly formed first team squad and certainly impressed the Bootham Crescent staff and his more experienced team mates with his performances.

Wardle appeared in several of the first team pre-season friendlies, showing several glimpses of what is yet to come from this talented midfielder.

John Wardle – Jah Wobble’s real name – said: “I’m very proud of him, he has had ups and downs, but he has stuck with it.

“Non-league first-team football – proper football – was the best thing that’s happened to him and signing to York is now a great opportunity for him.”