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Team-mates help keep Copps going

12 November 2017

James Coppinger reckons his team-mates deserve a lot of credit for his longevity after chalking off his 550th competitive appearance for Rovers in the draw with Rotherham.

It was yet another landmark for a player who has reached so many for the club, and he credits the squad built by manager Darren Ferguson for helping him keep going.

He said: “We’ve got such a good group, who all want to do well. If I didn’t have that then I would struggle. I love what I do, which is why I’ve played for as long as I have.

“I take it a season at a time, to get to 37, as I will be in January, and still playing 40 games a season is something I am over the moon about. I take it game by game, I know that’s a cliche but it’s the only way I can do it - and I’d love to go on and reach 600.”

Coppinger’s 550th game for Rovers fell on derby day, and the captain thanked the supporters for their backing in the game.

He added: “It makes a big difference, matches with these atmospheres are the ones you want to play in.

“It definitely makes a difference, and I thought our fans were superb throughout the game.”

Rovers youth team take on Blackpool at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday night for a place in the third round of the FA Youth Cup. Get your tickets now at

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