James Coppinger joins emotional family tribute to Doncaster Rovers fan who took own life
Doncaster Rovers idol James Coppinger has joined an emotional family tribute to a supporter who tragically took his own life.
Kyle Binns, 25, was found dead in woodland late last year after a huge police manhunt.
Now his heartbroken family have unveiled a plaque in his honour at the club’s Keepmoat Stadium – with recently retired Coppinger being invited to join the tribute in the stadium’s Memorial Garden.
He said: “His mum and grandad shared stories with me on how Doncaster Rovers held such a special place in his and their hearts, and how they loved coming to watch the games.
"As a player you very rarely get to see how much you and the football club mean to the local community, but in this case it couldn’t have been more obvious.
"I was genuinely moved and honoured to be there, and hope Kyle would’ve be happy with the tribute the club put together for him.”
At an inquest, Kyle was described as a “kind and generous" football fan.
He was reported missing on November 10 last year after he failed to come home to the house he shared with his mum and sister.
Despite a huge police search that involved house-to-house enquiries and an extensive CCTV trawl, his body was found by officers on November 27, devastating his family and friends.
Following the tragedy, a balloon release was held from the centre of the pitch by family and friends who released red and white balloons.
His body was found close to the Keepmoat Stadium.