In mid April with Doncaster Rovers still in pursuit of a place in the League One play-offs, popular STAND fanzine editor Glen Wilson sat down with the man who has come to define Doncaster Rovers; James Coppinger.
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
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.
There are some things reassuringly timeless and permanent that make Rovers, well, Rovers – Paul Mayfield, Dr Erskine, Peter Wetzel and of course, James Coppinger. Always James Coppinger. Continue reading Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Stalybridge Celtic: 250 word match report
Some thoughts and words on what James Coppinger means to me, on the day he becomes Doncaster Rovers all-time record appearance holder. Continue reading On watching James Coppinger
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.