Date of birth
Casper joined Manchester United as a trainee in 1991, signing professionally for the club two years later in January 1993.
Son to the former Burnley forward Frank Casper, Chris made his United debut against Port Vale in the League Cup in October 1994, progressing from the same youth-team set-up that generated the careers of players such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.
He ended his Manchester calling with spells on loan at Bournemouth and Swindon before parting with the club in 1998.
Casper joined our outfit in the heart of Berkshire that September, what started off as a loan deal soon turned permanent after Royals’ boss Tommy Burns saw potential. In his first season at Madejski Stadium, the Burnley-born defender made 35 appearances for our team, keeping seven clean sheets as we finished 11th in Division Two.
He was sent off for the first time in his career that season against Blackpool, picking up a late second yellow Casper was given his marching orders in front of the Madejski crowd.
The following campaign began in a similar vein to his first, making 20 appearances across the league and Cup up until Christmas. Unfortunately for Casper, he suffered a double leg fracture during our fixture against Cardiff on Boxing Day. Unable to recover, he announced his retirement from the game later that season, aged just 24.
After his playing days, he stepped into the realm of coaching for a short while, and following an initial spell with Bath he then moved to manage Football League side Bury for the best part of three years.
After that he moved onto Bradford City and Grimsby Town before joining the Premier League as a Club Support Manager in June 2010.