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As Villa are one of the invited teams into this season's EFL trophy I figured there'd be some interest in the competition.

48 league clubs and 16 invited academies (we're one of the invited academies...) split into a Northern & Southern softies section.

Northern Section

Group A: Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United, Sunderland, Leicester City
Group B: Accrington Stanley, Oldham Athletic, Fleetwood Town, Liverpool
Group C Bury, Salford City, Tranmere Rovers, ASTON VILLA
Group D  Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Macclesfield Town, Newcastle United
Group E: Crewe Alexandra, Burton Albion, Mansfield Town, Everton
Group F: Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, Rochdale. Manchester City
Group G: Blackpool, Carlisle United, Morecambe, WolveW
Group H: Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United, Lincoln City, Mancheter United

Invited clubs: 1) Aston Villa, 2)  Everton, 3) Leicester City, 4) Liverpool, 5) Manchester City, 6) Manchester United, 7) Newcastle United, 8 )  Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Southern Section

Group A: Gillingham, Colchester United, Ipswich Town, Tottenham Hotspur
Group B: Crawley Town, Portsmouth, Oxford United, Norwich City
Group C Leyton Orient, AFC Wimbledon, Southend United, Brighton & HA
Group D Coventry City, Forest Green Rovers, Walsall, Southampton
Group E: Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Newport County, Wet Spam
Group F: Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Chelsea
Group G: Stevenage, MK Dons, Wycombe Wanderers, Fulham
Group H: Peterborough United, Cambridge United, Northampton Town, Arsenal

Invited clubs: 1) Arsenal, 2) Brighton & Hove Albion, 3) Chelsea, 4) Fulham, 5) Norwich City, 6) Southampton, 7) Tottenham Hotspur, 8 West Ham United.

 

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A good opportunity for the youngsters to get a proper feel for some competitive football, I can't see us getting out of any group though. 

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I don’t get it. Whats the EFL trophy?

Its not the league cup?  A new trophy?

Why are only 16 Premier League clubs invited? What’s happened to the other 4?

 

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Football League Trophy - formerly known as Autowindscreen Shield, LDV Trophy, Checkatrade Trophy etc etc

I think its the top 16 rated Premier league academies that get an invite? (Not 100% sure on that, but it's an invite for the PL U23s for definite)

None of the PL U23s have done well since this format was introduced, so it'll be interesting to see how ours do

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8 hours ago, Zatman said:

Said before its shit under 23 allowed enter, undermines the competition

Very much this.

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Because there isn't already too many games in the calendar...

For teams that do well that is.

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14 hours ago, StewieGriffin said:

None of the PL U23s have done well since this format was introduced, so it'll be interesting to see how ours do

I suspect ours will do even worse now that we seem to have unofficially turned our u23 team into effectively an u20 team, in line with the club's vision for its academy.

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We've been drawn in Group C with Bury, Salford City, and Tranmere Rovers.

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7 minutes ago, useless said:

 

Well, Apologies Useless. Classic Brum Mail then :D

 

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WTF. So it's the normal Auto Windscreens things, but with 16 Academy teams, and we're one of them?

 

Cool.

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I've got mates who are Bury and Tranmere fans. Plus one who was never really into football but has adopted Salford as he lives right by ground. 

Maybe I'll visit them.

Us and no other teams should be allowed a U23 side though. Another way that allows big teams to hog all the players.

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Our under 23 team can avenge all them United defeats over the years 😂

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Was a good final last season, only game I watched in the competition, but it's definitely a worthwhile break from the league for the teams down there.

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6 minutes ago, Andy81 said:

Was a good final last season, only game I watched in the competition, but it's definitely a worthwhile break from the league for the teams down there.

Its good for them teams and nobody has an issue. Its the Premier League academy teams that ruin it

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1 hour ago, Zatman said:

Its good for them teams and nobody has an issue. Its the Premier League academy teams that ruin it

Absolutely, agree.

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