Coppinger, James

Birth Date

10th January 1981

Birthplace

Middlesbrough, England

Occupation

Midfielder

Biographical Text

An England youth international, Coppinger started his career at Darlington, where he progressed through the youth system.

In 1998, Newcastle United paid £250,000 to take Coppinger to St. James' Park. In his four years at Newcastle, James made only one substitute appearance in the Premier League.

After two loan periods at Hartlepool United, Coppinger signed for Exeter City on a free transfer in 2002, only to find himself part of the relegated side destined for the Conference. The midfielder's pace and trickery causes problems for all defences.

Such was his form at St James’ Park, that it prompted Doncaster Rovers to part with a fee of £35,000 (plus 15% of any further fee received by Doncaster over £35,000) for his signature in July 2004.

He was an instant success at Doncaster, including scoring a hat trick in the second leg of the 2007-08 Play-Off Semi Final against Southend United at the Keepmoat Stadium.

In 2018/19 Coppinger, in his fifteenth season at the club, became the first Doncaster player to reach 500 appearances..

In the Times newspaper in February 2019, James reflected on his career and mentioned his stay at Exeter.
"After the swift ascent, though, soon followed the fall, which left him questioning if football was for him at all. A couple of loans with Hartlepool United preceded a move to Exeter City, at the opposite end of the country and Football League. “Exeter had Michael Jackson, Uri Geller, David Blaine on the board,” he recalls. “Honestly, it was like a circus. We got relegated out of the Football League. I was drinking, gambling, doing everything you shouldn’t be doing as a professional."
Shortly after that he joined Doncaster Rovers and never looked back.

Appearances

78

Appearances as Substitute

11

Goals

14

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