Coppinger - The Kid Who Found The Right Club!

Last updated : 15 January 2017 By Footy Mad - Editor

Image result for James CoppingerJames Coppinger scored twice as Doncaster maintained a four-point lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two with a 3-1 win at Barnet.

Newcastle fans will remember him from his time at St James' Park when he was rumoured to me the first £1m teenager to sign for the club.

That wasn't exactly true. He moved to Newcastle in a £500,000 joint deal with 17-year-old with Paul Robinson in March 1998 when Kenny Dalglish was manager.

Coppinger struggled to make any impact while coming through the Newcastle ranks, playing just once as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur in August 2000.

Coppinger was bought by Doncaster manager Dave Penney for a reported £30,000 in May 2004 and is the only player ever to have played more than 500 games for Rovers.

Image result for james coppinger newcastleYesterday the Bees, who went into the game having won six of their last eight games, took the lead after 13 minutes when John Akinde rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home.

But their joy was short-lived as Doncaster equalised five minutes later, Coppinger firing in a low shot.

Rovers were ahead after 28 minutes when John Marquis appeared to get the final touch in a goalmouth scramble, and Coppinger bent in a third.