B TEAMS TO ADD GLOSS TO THE TROPHY
LEAGUE One and Two clubs could be joined in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by Premier League ‘B’ teams next season.
With the final between Bristol City and Walsall just two weeks away, the Football League has revealed that is exploring a revamp of the competition.
The proposed new format would see 16 groups of four teams, including one Premier League U21 side in each, with a knockout stage to follow and Wembley final to play for.
A Football League statement read:“League One and Two clubs were asked to indicate whether they were content to see the Football League progress the matter, which would include discussions with the Premier League and Football Association, so that clubs can consider a full proposal at a future point.
“Therefore, as yet, no club has voted in favour or against the idea of having U21 teams in The Football League Trophy. They have only indicated whether they wish to consider the matter further.”
The competition began as the Associate Members’ Cup in 1983-84 and Conference clubs took part in the past.
The FA had previously discussed plans to include ‘B’ teams in a ‘League Three’ in order to boost the English game’s talent pool.