James Coppinger on the less heralded moments from his Doncaster Rovers career that are important to him

Compiling a list of the high points of James Coppinger’s time at Doncaster Rovers is not the most difficult of tasks.

By Liam Hoden
Saturday, 8th May 2021, 11:49 am

THAT goal at Brenford. THAT play-off semi-final against Southend United. THAT free kick against Hull City. Promotions, awards, milestones - the list could run on and on.

It says plenty about the man himself however with what he picked out when asked about the less heralded moments from the last 17 years that mean a lot to him.

Coppinger looked to the less glowing moments from his career because of the lessons learned and how they were responded to by him individually and as part of the team.

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“I think the disappointments,” he told the Free Press this week.

“Nobody talks about them, but they make the promotions, the big wins, the cup finals all worthwhile.

“We’ve been relegated three times while I’ve been here and bounced back on two of those occasions.

“For football clubs to do that, it’s not something that they’re renowned for.

“I’ve been part of two teams that have done that.

“With the fans, I’d like to think I’ve stuck with them, bounced back and galvanized a group and made them realise that we need to bounce back from the disappointments.

“That is what I’m really proud of.

“It’s so easy when you do get disappointments to let it affect you, dwell on it and let it be part of your make-up.

“But if you do turn the negatives into positives, that stands out for me.”


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