Gavin Baldwin: Come and pay tribute to a true Doncaster Rovers legend

James Coppinger
James Coppinger

On Saturday against Peterborough we celebrate the career of a true Doncaster Rovers legend, James Coppinger.

James is heading towards a club record number of appearances and is close to hitting the 450 mark. That is truly incredible loyalty, professionalism and consistency. In this day and age there can’t be many other players in the world who have racked up so many appearances for one club.

James has put in some great performances for Rovers over the last 11 years. My personal favourite was when he scored a hat trick against Southend in that empathic 5-1 play-off win at the Keepmoat Stadium in 2008.

We are using the Peterborough game to thank James for his efforts and as a result we have reduced the cost of tickets to just £5 for adults and only £1 for children, so please come and support the day.

We will also donate 50p of each ticket sold to James’s charity of choice. We hope to get an attendance of 10,000 so that we can raise £5,000 for James and his charities.

We recently ran our Junior Takeover Day at Rovers where we invited children at local schools - those involved with our Club Doncaster Foundation schools programme - to apply for our actual jobs at Rovers.

The children then came in and performed our roles when we played Colchester United.

We had junior grounds people, a junior referee, a junior me, and even a junior Paul Dickov who predicted the team and the score correctly!

We had nearly 30 children and their parents involved in the day and it was described by a couple of the juniors as “the best day ever”. It was a great initiative and something that we will do again next season and also with the Dons very soon.

Speaking of the Dons, they are pushing for their first win and the chance to get to the promised land of the Super League.

At the beginning of April there will be a great chance for you take in both Dons and Rovers games, when we offer season ticket holders of both clubs the chance to watch the other shaped ball for just £5.

On Wednesday, April 1, Dons take on their old rivals Sheffield before Rovers host Bradford City on Good Friday. It should be a great few days of fantastic sport across Doncaster.