Charlie Casper Joins Clarets Academy

Clarets Sign Frank Casper’s Grandson On Two Year Scholarship

Clarets supporters have welcomed a number of legends to the club over the years, names such as McIlroy, Adamson, Miller, Casper, James, Hamilton, Little, Payton all of which have made their mark on the pitch at Turf Moor. Frank Casper earned his place in the Clarets history books as one of the Clarets finest strikers, before becoming a long-serving member of staff who also managed the club twice.

The Clarets now have the famous Casper name back in the building after signing Charlie Casper as a scholar. The goalkeeper will join Burnley on a full-time basis in the summer as he looks to follow in the footsteps of grandfather Frank.

Football runs in the family as Charlie is also the son of former Manchester United and Reading defender Chris Casper who is currently the sporting director of Salford City in Sky Bet League Two. Unlike his grandfather Chris will be looking to keep the ball out of the net, rather than putting the ball into the net after converting from a midfield player to a goalkeeper.

Speaking about his grandson joining the Clarets Frank Casper said, “I’am delighted to see his grandson take an important step towards a possible future in the game by becoming the only one of the Clarets’ U16 squad to be awarded a two-year scholarship within the Clarets Academy. I’m very proud of him, he has worked hard to get this.

I used to watch him as a junior when he was a midfielder and I thought he was a good player then. He strikes a good ball, which helps for goalkeepers in today’s game. He is a level-headed lad who will work hard and he knows what it takes to be a footballer from myself and his dad. It’s always difficult as a goalkeeper because it’s one position, but I just hope he can make it all the way.”

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Charlie has been at the Clarets’ Academy since the age of twelve and part of the club’s U18 aquad since the turn of the year. Speaking about signing full-time for the club he said, “It’s been hard work but it’s been enjoyable and going to be able to play football full-time is exciting. Burnley Football Club have had England goalkeepers for the last few years, so it’s a good club to be at for goalkeepers. Hopefully one day I can carry on where grandad left off. He’s very pleased and he and my dad are always there to help should I need advice.”

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