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Carabao Cup and Papa John's Trophy Draws Next Thursday
Wednesday, 15th Jun 2022 11:57

Town will learn their Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy opponents on Thursday 23rd June, the same day as the League One fixtures are being announced.

League One programme will be announced at 9am with the draw for round one of the Papa John’s Trophy taking place live on Sky Sports News at 11.30am.

The Blues will be grouped with two other League One or Two sides and one of the invited U21 category one academy teams in the regionalised draw.

Town will play two home and one away game in the group phase with the opening ties taking place in the week commencing 29th August.

The Carabao Cup round one draw will take place live on Sky Sports News at 2.30pm with the ties taking place in the week commencing 8th August.

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Paulc added 12:03 - Jun 15
Can we please get knocked out of the Papa John’s as soon as possible? It’s embarrassing even being in that competition.

Edmundo added 13:13 - Jun 15
I think we should deliberately throw the Pizza Plate games. Absolute turd of a competition.

VanDusen added 13:41 - Jun 15
Completely agree. Hope our fans boycott the pizza cup games too - it's an insult to all lower league clubs and just a means for the big brand clubs to use their ridiculous earnings to hoard players who ought to be getting proper experience at League One and League Two teams.

blues1 added 15:42 - Jun 15
Really don't get some of comments on here re the papa John's. Ok, it's hardly the most I.portant cup ever, but to describe it as a turd of a competition, or an insult to the lower lge teams? Really? Try telling that to the teams who've got to theory final, and even won it? I assume those slating it so badly
, wouldn't be going to Wembley, were we to reach the final? Tho I doubt id be right about that. Sure ud be the 1st wanting a ticket.

DaGremloid added 16:31 - Jun 15
And so it begins again. The myopic "let's get knocked out of all the cup competitions so we can concentrate on promotion" attitude.

Yeah, like that's worked over the past decade.

Mark added 16:37 - Jun 15
I agree with the comments about the Papa John's Trophy, and I will not attend these matches. It is wrong that Premier League U21 teams are allowed to play against League One and Two sides, and wrong that we are fined for not playing enough first team players. There are too many competitions and too many matches. Saturation football for the sake of money. An example is last night, with a tired England team playing a meaningless match in front of big flashing adverts.

gosblue added 18:02 - Jun 15
I could Just eat a pizza I’m starving. Good marketing by Papa John’s

VanDusen added 19:15 - Jun 15
The negativity around the pizza cup is it is an insult and entirely a wedge to getting Premier League B-teams ayi g in Leagues One and Two so that the money sides cam further stretch their advantage in hoovering up promising young talent from clubs like ours dirt cheap and not even need to loan them back. It is the first step to undermining even more of what made English football the most competitive and most exciting in the world. Be clear I loved the traditional idea of a trophy winnable by lower league teams and indeed attended the last 'proper" final in 2016 with a Barnsley mate. The invasion of Premier League brands has cheapened it and quite rightly fans are and have been boycotting since the start. Read below:

In terms of cups I'd love a cup run in either the EFL or FA Cups. But I think we should treat this competition with the respect it deserves and play our own U21s and take whatever fines come with it. No way I'll be bought off by a fake trip to Wembley to see league football in the country crumble

blues1 added 20:06 - Jun 15
Van dusen . The usual rubbish aboutcthis being a way to get the pl u 21 teams into the leagues? It won't ever happen. Thiszis purelyca way that they can experience more competitivexfootball than they are used to. Anx as no u21 team has ever gone on to win it, its not as if they are dominating it. Think this will, from what mckenna,said at the last forum, be a competition that he'll use to play some fringe players in tho. Give them some game time. But anyone who says they wouldnt go to Wembley ifxwe got there, let's face it, is kidding themselves. Why would any fan turn down what may be the only chance they'll ever have of watching town at the new wembley? Just bcse they don't like the competition?

VanDusen added 21:29 - Jun 15
Blues1 you're entitled to your opinion. But the fact is it is what was pushed for that led to this sop and don't kid yourself it's what the top clubs will continue to push for with the "Super League" breakaway threat as their leverage. You hear it from that moaning clown Klopp at least once a season.

Frankly if the Premier League clubs want more game time to fatten up the value of their youngsters they should organise more time out on loan without the threats and intimidation about playing them like we had with Barry last year. But as for now it has meant even as a home and away Town supporter I cannot view these as a first team match and will not support it.

mkbobby added 11:47 - Jun 23
I would love a day out at wembley to watch the team i love regardless of the competition we should have a big enough squad to cope with a run to the final its all about the players putting in the effort

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