James Coppinger fully deserves the title of Doncaster Rovers ‘legend’.
That is the verdict of another Rovers icon held in the highest possible esteem by the club’s fans.
Mexborough born Peter Kitchen became a star of the Seventies and is still revered for his goalscoring exploits, bagging 89 goals during an eight-year spell with Rovers that began with him bursting onto the scene as a teenager.
Coppinger began his testimonial year’s celebrations last weekend with his ‘Legends’ game and Kitchen wrote in the programme that the 34-year-old is one who truly deserves that particular title.
“The title of being a ‘Club Legend’ is often easily bestowed, but rarely merited, but I believe that in your case you thoroughly deserve this title and the acclaim that goes with it, as well as that of ‘Mr Doncaster Rovers’ which I know is often used to describe you as well,” Kitchen wrote.
He added: “In the modern game, we all know it is much more lucrative to move from club to club to collect the huge signing on fees on offer, so it is a rarity for a player to remain at a club for over 10 years and for you to have played so many first team games demonstrates the level of consistency and performance that you have maintained over that time.
“You have been a tremendous servant of the club having played over 400 first team games and deserve the support and adulation of the Rovers fans.
“You should also be very proud of the commitment you have given to the club and your contribution to the success that the club has achieved over the years cannot be understated and you thoroughly deserve a privileged place in the history of Doncaster Rovers.”
Coppinger’s testimonial year programme, edited by Steve Uttley, is available from the Rovers club shop, priced £5.