In the beginning...In countdown to James Coppinger’s Legends game at Keepmoat Stadium on April 19th, we are reviewing each season played in the red and white hoops by the fans favourite.
A summer signing from Exeter City for £30,000, James Coppinger had to wait patiently before making his first appearance in a Doncaster shirt.
The recently crowned Division 3 Champions had won their opening League One fixture against Blackpool 2-0 at Belle Vue, before a 4-3 defeat at Brentford.
Only after the seven goal thriller at Griffin Park would the recent acquisition from St James’ Park get his chance and it came in a Yorkshire derby against Bradford City at Valley Parade in mid-August 2004.
The 23 year old was a regular in the squad but was frequently in and out of the side under then boss Dave Penney while opposite winger Michael McIndoe attracted a lot of the limelight.
Coppinger, somewhat incredibly, ended the season goalless but could point to some highlights with a League Cup defeat of Ipswich Town and a 4-0 humbling of fierce rivals Barnsley.
An FA Cup defeat to the Grecians – who would go on to face Manchester United – left a sour taste, as did defeats against Sheffield Wednesday and Sean O’Driscoll’s Bournemouth (5-0) as Rovers finished (a respectable) five points off the play-offs.
Players from this era including:
Will all be featuring in Copps’ ‘Legends’ game against a Louis Tomlinson XI at Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday 19th April 2015 (4pm).
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