This article is about the Canadian football player. For the U.S. Senator, see Royal S. Copeland
|Date of birth
October 12, 1924|
|Place of birth
|Date of death
||August 8, 2011
|Place of death
|Toronto HMCS York Bulldogs
|Career highlights and awards
||1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950
||Jeff Russel Trophy (1949)
||Grey Cup champion - 1945, 46, 47, 52
Royal Copeland (October 12, 1924 – August 8, 2011) was a Canadian Football League running back from 1945 to 1956.
Copeland won four Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts. He became a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1988. Along with Joe Krol they were known as the Gold Dust Twins. Copeland is the only player to score a touchdown in 3 consecutive Grey Cup games: 1945, 1946, and 1947.
During the Second World War when the Argonaut Football Operations were suspended, Royal Copeland played in the ORFU in 1943 with Toronto Navy HMCS York.