James Coppinger says it was a privilege to be asked to take part in the Scott Richardson Trophy at the A1 Football Factory.
Coppinger was keen to get involved in the event and raise money for the family of Rovers fan Scott who is into the final stages of his battle with cancer, and the midfielder says he knows what Scott’s family are going through at the moment.
He said: “I can emphasise with Scott’s family a lot as I lost both of my grandads to cancer, and my mother-in-law is currently battling terminal brain cancer.
“So when Paul Green asked me to get involved with the event there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to get involved, and help his family as much as I could.
“Scott is a big Rovers fan and is only 28-years-old, he has seen everything that has gone on over the years, all the highs and all the lows we have had, and it is a pleasure for me to get involved in a day like this.”
Coppinger joined former Rovers players Green, Colin Douglas, Simon Marples, Jason Price and Tim Ryan with the latter’s outfit beating Copps’ select side 3-2 in the final, and Coppinger says it was good to see some of his former teammates at the event.
He added: “Football is a sport that brings people together, Doncaster Rovers have always supported me and the other players as well, there has been some success and some tough times as well but we’ve stuck together.
“We have had some fantastic years together, we had some league wins, some promotions and to see the lads again is really good and it brings everybody together.
“I spoke to a lot of Scott’s friends before the event and they were keen for me to get involved, and like I said before it is a privilege for me to come down here and raise some money for his family.”