American Football Database
Royal Copeland
Personal information
Date of birth: (1924-10-12)October 12, 1924
Place of birth: Toronto, Ontario
Date of death: August 8, 2011(2011-08-08) (aged 86)
Place of death: Oxnard, California
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
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Canadian Football Hall of Fame

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.