James Coppinger to be awarded Freedom of Doncaster
Doncaster Rovers legend James Coppinger is to be awarded the Freedom of Doncaster.
Mayor Ros Jones made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday lunchtime, describing Coppinger as a “role model for the young people of Doncaster for the last 17 years”.
Coppinger, 40, is set to retire from the professional game at the end of this season and there have been calls from supporters and pundits to suitably honour his extraordinary service to Rovers.
“It is an honour to announce that I will be putting forward James Coppinger to be recognised with an Honorary Freedom of Doncaster award,” tweeted Mayor Jones.
"James is a true Doncaster legend and hero, with over 800 career appearances - over 680 of these with Doncaster Rovers!
“Off the pitch he has been a regular at community events and joined other club staff and fans in hiking the Inca Trail in Peru in 2011 which raised more than £50,000 for @savechildrenuk and the @NSPCC.
"James has been a role model for the young people of Doncaster for over 17 years, it is my honour to put him forward for the Honorary Freedom of Doncaster, as a token of our thanks and appreciation.”
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