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A tribute to James Coppinger: on 600 Doncaster Rovers appearances

In the last year or so, I have ceased to be a man of ritual. Saturday afternoons are not always the time of the match. Not for me. But that doesn’t mean I’ve taken leave. I may be on a train or at a desk, in a pub or perhaps a gallery, but no matter what the main distraction, come 2pm my hand inevitably fumbles for my phone. Who’s starting? But I’ve realised lately I don’t fully ingest what I find – meaning minutes later I have to look once again to check the full line-up. That’s because in truth I’m only scanning the starting XI for one name; that of James Coppinger. Continue reading A tribute to James Coppinger: on 600 Doncaster Rovers appearances

Morecambe 1-5 Doncaster Rovers; 250 word match report

250 words are more than is truly needed when you could sum James Coppinger up in just one, Legend. Everything about this game went to script, but in reality there was no need for a script at all.

From start to finish Coppinger ran the show, his corner led to the opener – Andy Butler turning the ball home – shortly followed by John Marquis dancing around the Morecambe defence for 2-0. Even Cole Stockton’s well taken volley before half-time couldn’t steal the limelight.

After the break it was all Coppinger. A classic run down the right, cutting and weaving past player after player, didn’t quite have the glorious end product for Coppinger, but Marquis was more than happy to tap in for 3-1.

Matty Blair went one better as he made his own terrorising run down the Rovers right, before poking home the fourth goal.

But on his 500th game, there was only one way the game would end. Coppinger letting fly to find the bottom corner from 25 yards to the delight of the travelling support.

There have been some special moments over the last 12 years, but few will have topped that one. There will never be another player like Coppinger at Rovers, or any club. He’s the last of a special breed of player and one that epitomises everything Doncaster Rovers. It’s for this that he is a hero of mine, and of many others.

As I said, there really was no need for a script.

by Alex Gibbings

Jamie Coppinger’s Team-Mates – All 137 Of Them

It’s quite easy, particularly in the hyperbolic world of modern football, to oversell something, to exagerate it’s standing or importance. However, even with that in mind, it is no exageration to call Jamie Coppinger’s departure from Doncaster on Friday night (hopefully temporarily we must add), the end of an era. Coppinger has been with Rovers since 2004, when they were beginning life in the third tier off the back of consecutive promotions, and has been central to everything the club has achieved since.

Across eight and a bit seasons Coppinger has played at two home grounds, under four managers – Dave Penney, Sean O’Driscoll, Dean Saunders, and briefly Mickey Walker – and in a hell of a lot of different kits, but, we wondered, how many different players has played alongside? So we checked, and the answer, from competitive fixtures alone, is 137 who you will find listed below.

Mark Albrighton Quinton Fortune Ross McCormack Stephen Roberts
Alun Armstrong Leo Fortune-West Sean McDaid Tim Ryan
Mamadou Bagayoko Steve Foster Phil McGuire Dino Seremet
Habib Bamogo George Friend Michael McIndoe Jason Shackell
Giles Barnes Peter Gilbert Jermaine McSporran Billy Sharp
James Baxendale Simon Gillett Simon Marples Dean Shiels
Kyle Bennett Herold Goulon Shelton Martis Ben Smith
Chris Beardsley Paul Green Ryan Mason Dennis Souza
Chris Beech Gordon Greer Joseph Mills John Spicer
Habib Beye Anthony Griffith Matt Mills Tommy Spurr
Robbie Blake Lewis Guy David Morley Brian Stock
Alan Blayney James Harper Franck Moussa Theo Streete
Gregg Blundell James Hayter David Mulligan Neil Sullivan
Steve Brooker David Healy Jordan Mutch David Syers
Chris Brown Paul Heffernan Richard Naylor Gareth Taylor
Darren Byfield Sam Hird Craig Nelthorpe Wayne Thomas
Jan Budtz Kevin Horlock James O’Connor Sean Thornton
David Button Adam Hughes Richard Offiong Franny Tierney
Danny Cadamateri James Husband Sam Oji Michael Timlin
Andy Campbell Carl Ikeme John Oster Ian Turner
James Chambers Herita Ilunga Jon Parkin Jos Van Nieuwstadt
Pascal Chimbonda Michael Ingham Billy Paynter Liam Wakefield
David Cotterill Guy Ipoua Freddie Piquionne Elliott Ward
Michelle Di Piedi Ben Jackson Jon-Paul Pittman Andy Warrington
El-Hadji Diouf Simon Johnson Uros Predic Byron Webster
John Doolan Rob Jones Jamie Price Richie Wellens
Mustapha Dumbuya Stuart Jones Jason Price David Wheater
Bruce Dyer Paul Keegan Nic Priet Mark Wilson
Stuart Elliott Matt Kilgallon Paul Quinn Gary Woods
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas Chris Kirkland Ricky Ravenhill Martin Woods
Jason Euell Milan Lalkovic Barry Richardson Harry Worley
Wade Fairhurst Graeme Lee Adriano Rigoglioso Alan Wright
Nick Fenton Adam Lockwood Fabian Robert
Jonathan Forte Mark McCammon Gareth Roberts
Marc-Antoine Fortune Jamie McCombe Neil Roberts

The list is certainly an eclectic group of footballing professionals, from twenty seperate nations. It also includes players from very different Rovers eras, from Franny Tierney and ‘Dangerous’ Dave Morley through to Pascal Chimbonda and Habib Beye, plus a few names we had completely forgotten about (take a bow Phil McGuire). In addition to those above there are also several other team-mates whom Coppinger didn’t quite share match time with including the likes of Liam Green, Robbie Clarke, Jon Maloney and Adam Brown. Ultimately it just serves to underline what a servant Coppinger has been to the club, and why all will wish him well during his spell at Nottingham Forest.