2024-25 B(D)SM Trophy

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I know this is of little interest to most fans in L2, but I thought it was worth creating a thread for.

The initial groupings have been made for this years EFL Trophy competition. Some frankly hilarious choices.

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We've got easily the worst group in the Northern Section. Distances of 75 and 100 miles between us and Blackpool/Harrogate. Notts County being in the Southern Section yet Notts Forest U21s being in the Northern is very funny. As is Cheltenham, Newport and...Reading. So, excited to see which U21s teams we'll all be getting and which games we won't be going to then?
 

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Given I thought they regionalised it I’m not quite sure why Salford are in our group when would have thought it’d make sense to swap them with Crewe. I’m guessing with us being in a group with Salford and Wrexham Sky will probably be showing at least one of those games, either way likely won’t be watching.
 

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Given I thought they regionalised it I’m not quite sure why Salford are in our group when would have thought it’d make sense to swap them with Crewe. I’m guessing with us being in a group with Salford and Wrexham Sky will probably be showing at least one of those games, either way likely won’t be watching.
Sky are showing every game in this believe it or not!
 

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Decent group for us that, shame we don't give a flying fuck. Boycott.
off you sprout your shite again...........It is the only trophy your tinpot club can win yet you boycott it
It's called having values, pal.
 

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Decent group for us that, shame we don't give a flying fuck. Boycott.

It's called having values, pal.
you/we cannot survive without Premiership money, the EFL trophy is the price we have to pay for taking there meagre offerings.
Over the years that u21 teams have been allowed to enter they have done Zilch, Zero nothing.
No it is not ideal but you get nowhere with narrow thoughts/minds.
 

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you/we cannot survive without Premiership money, the EFL trophy is the price we have to pay for taking there meagre offerings.
Over the years that u21 teams have been allowed to enter they have done Zilch, Zero nothing.
No it is not ideal but you get nowhere with narrow thoughts/minds.
It's not narrow minded to not want to be shafted by the big boys. There are ways forward for lower league clubs to run sustainably without agreeing to things like u21s in our competitions, eradication of cup replays and B teams in the league but we need independent regulation to come in and the EFL clubs need to be united.
 

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It's not narrow minded to not want to be shafted by the big boys. There are ways forward for lower league clubs to run sustainably without agreeing to things like u21s in our competitions, eradication of cup replays and B teams in the league but we need independent regulation to come in and the EFL clubs need to be united.
I can never see the day B teams are allowed into the EFL.............Football outside the Premiership would die overnight.
The Premier league have enough on there plates with the FFP
 

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I can never see the day B teams are allowed into the EFL.............Football outside the Premiership would die overnight.
The Premier league have enough on there plates with the FFP
It's naive to think B teams in the EFL isn't a realistic proposition though if you look at the way things have gone in recent years. The Prem are slowly but surely wringing more and more out of the small clubs with this threat of pulling the plug on the scraps that are begrudgingly handed down. It's not just what is happening too, it's the manner in which it is done that is particularly worrying. FA Cup replays scrapped with so many affected parties bypassed and seemingly no way of contesting the decision.

I accept that boycotting this tournament might seem like quite small fry in the grand scheme of things but personally, I think any "fuck you" that can be given to the powers that be should be given to them.
 

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It's naive to think B teams in the EFL isn't a realistic proposition though if you look at the way things have gone in recent years. The Prem are slowly but surely wringing more and more out of the small clubs with this threat of pulling the plug on the scraps that are begrudgingly handed down. It's not just what is happening too, it's the manner in which it is done that is particularly worrying. FA Cup replays scrapped with so many affected parties bypassed and seemingly no way of contesting the decision.

I accept that boycotting this tournament might seem like quite small fry in the grand scheme of things but personally, I think any "fuck you" that can be given to the powers that be should be given to them.
I think that would kill Football in the lower leagues instantly. The only way they could do it would be to create a Div 3 Throw in Celtic, and Rangers.
Court cases would drag on for years

On the flip side i can see teams like Man City, Villa, Everton and Newcastle joining a new European super league
One where they can waste money to there hearts content
The European super league is coming sooner than later and only then will changes be made to the format of the EFL.
 

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I’m guessing nobody gives a shit about this still then?

On paper our group would be decent in normal circumstances
 

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I think that would kill Football in the lower leagues instantly. The only way they could do it would be to create a Div 3 Throw in Celtic, and Rangers.
Court cases would drag on for years

On the flip side i can see teams like Man City, Villa, Everton and Newcastle joining a new European super league
One where they can waste money to there hearts content
The European super league is coming sooner than later and only then will changes be made to the format of the EFL.
Yep, The Super League coming back is something I certainly agree with you on!
 

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