Doncaster Rovers: James Coppinger set to join Rovers 400 Club

James Coppinger in action at Leeds.
James Coppinger in action at Leeds.

You won’t catch anyone at Doncaster popping the champagne corks just yet.

There’s still work to be done in securing Championship football for another season - and the focus is on giving Birmingham City ‘the Blues’ this weekend.

This weekend's commemorative programme.

This weekend's commemorative programme.

But on Saturday Rovers hope to raise a collective toast to one of the club’s favourite sons who stands on the brink of joining a very exclusive band of red and white brothers.

And James Coppinger, if selected, will have every right to celebrate what has become a rare feat in the history of his adopted club - he’ll become just the fourth member of Rovers’ ‘400 Club’.

Coppinger will join former fans’ favourite Colin Douglas, wing half-turned-manager Fred Emery and inside forward Bert Tindill in clocking up a landmark 400 appearances for Doncaster in all competitions.

And the 33-year-old could yet give Douglas, Doncaster’s all time leading appearance maker (468), a run for his money after showing this season that there is still plenty of petrol left in his tank, in various positions.

Douglas is scheduled to be a guest of honour at the Keepmoat on Saturday to make a special pre-match presentation to Coppinger, while Rovers fans are planning a minute’s applause in the 26th minute - Coppinger’s squad number - to honour a player who cemented his position in the club’s folklore with ‘that’ goal against Brentford last year.

The matchday programme (pictured) will also be a shrine to one of the most naturally gifted players ever to play for the club.

But, when the first whistle blows, Coppinger will be completely focused on a game that could potentially edge Doncaster towards the brink of safety.

Fifty points remains the target. But if Rovers can pick up a minimum of three points from this week’s home double-header with Brum and Bolton, they will consider that to be almost job done. If they keep a certain Federico Macheda quiet, they’ll get three points on Coppinger’s big day alone.