Living Arrows | Coppinger's Last Game

Image of daddy and daughter in matching DRFC football shirts standing outside Doncaster Rovers keepmoat stadium on the day of James Coppingers last game. A small crowd of football fans can be seen in the background.

'You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth' Khalil Gibran.

After last weekend's holiday to Tattershall Lakes we've had a quiet week at school and work followed by a play date Saturday. Sunday was a little more exciting as we took a trip to Daddy's football team ground to say goodbye to one of their most established players. 

James Coppinger has been with Doncaster Rovers for a whopping 17 years and Sunday was his last ever game. He's an icon within the club and a genuinely nice guy. He's been Daddy's footballing favourite for the majority of his life so it was a little emotional on Sunday, especially as there would be no fans at the match due to Covid. 

That didn't stop the die hard fans turning up though. We kept our distance from the crowds as best we could but it was very unnerving being around a group of people. On one hand it felt alien, on the other it felt amazing to be around a happy atmosphere of songs, chants and dancing (if you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen just how much Iris got into the dancing!).

Iris's grandad managed to get interviewed for the TV and for a documentary on Coppinger- as he always seems to do. He's a bit of a DRFC legend himself having won fan of the year, running the buses and providing local radio commentary for the club for decades. Grandad is often referred to as 'Mr Donny Rovers' and his gnome is equally as famous having travelled the world and visited various football stadiums. 

I'm not really a football fan but Sunday was actually a lot of fun. It was so nice that Coppinger left the stadium for the last time to the sound of cheering crowds. 

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  1. Ah always a shame when an iconic player moves on. It sounds like you all enjoyed going to see him off! x

  2. Sounds like a very special day for you all and a lovely send off for the player.

  3. Sounds like you all made the best of the situation and enjoyed saying farewell! x

  4. Ah that sounds like so much fun, glad you had a good time :)


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