A decade at the club was to end in disappointment.Over the last ten days, the Doncaster Rovers Official Website has been reviewing each of James Coppinger’s season in the famous red and white hoops ahead of his ‘Legends’ game at Keepmoat Stadium against a ‘Louis Tomlinson XI’ on Sunday 19th April 2015 (4pm).
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After the exploits of the previous season, when Doncaster had snatched the League 1 Championship from the jaws of an uncertain play-off campaign, this was equally as dramatic – yet ultimately heartbreaking.
With only five wins prior to the Christmas period, Coppinger and his teammates were always up against it and tipped to struggle in the second tier. However, Doncaster were upholding the old adage that ‘anyone can beat anyone’ and defeated Leicester City and QPR at home – both of whom would be promoted to the Premier League.
Coppinger had an upturn of form in the New Year and his first goal of the campaign coincided with a 3-0 demolition of Wigan at the Keepmoat. Rovers would go on to record a healthy 8 points from 12 over the end of January and looked well placed to see the season to the end safely – particularly with the acquisition of Billy Sharp on loan in place of Federico Macheda.
A brace against old adversaries Barnsley at the Keepmoat in a 2-2 draw only strengthened his legendary status, but in truth the draw hampered both South Yorkshire sides who would eventually fall victim to the trapdoor.
Rovers were comfortable – or so it seemed – as they entered the run in eight points clear of beleaguered Birmingham, but a win for the Blues cast doubts over Dickov’s men and they would gain just one point from their final seven games and suffer the agony of relegation on the very last day of the season, in the very last minute.
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