So here we are back in blighty after an eventful few days on international duty where we finally witnessed the end of John Toshack. The end of Tosh could mean the opening of the squad door for another of Rovers’ Welsh midfielders in the coming month, but that’s speculation we can bottle for a fortnight. Instead, its time for the latest instalment of our weekly video feature, with the focus on another member of Rovers’ impressive midfield collective.
Jamie Coppinger, Rovers longest-serving player, today ensured that he will hold that accolade for some time yet by agreeing a new three-year contract with the club. Coppinger joined from Exeter City at the start of Rovers’ first season in the third tier having been coveted for some tim by Dave Penney. Since 2004 he has firmly established himself as one of the mainstays of the first team squad and its often hard to envisage that he came to Doncaster from Conference football.
Copps has been part of some memorable moments with Rovers, from that giantkilling run to the Carling Cup quarter-finals at Belle Vue to a Wembley play-off win. However, its the game that pre-empted the latter of those choice moments that will always be known as Coppinger’s finest hour in the hoops. In the play-off semi-final second leg against Southend United at the Keepmoat Stadium Coppinger struck the greatest hat-trick I have ever, and probably will ever, see live. And it is with those three goals that we celebrate the midfielder’s decision to remain with the club into a ninth year.