UPDATED: Everton have confirmed the dates for their three games in Group F of the Checkatrade Trophy:
- Tuesday, 25 September 2018: Bradford City (A) [League One] at the Northern Commercial Stadium
- Tuesday, 30 October 2018: Oldham Athletic (A) [League Two] at Boundary Park
- Tuesday, 6 November 2018: Barnsley (A) [League One] At Oakwell
It is the third season that the competition has invited Category One Development teams to participate following a successful trial in 2016-17 and 2017-18. In total, 16 Development teams from Premier League and Championship clubs join the 48 club sides from League One and League Two, split into 16 regionalised groups of four, with one Development side in each group.
These are not games against so-called development, U23 or Reserves sides. They are played against the first teams of the lower league clubs at their primary stadiums. And for that reason, they are considered by the FA and/or Football League as full senior fixtures. Development teams are required to field a minimum of six Under-21 players in their starting eleven, while Football League clubs must field a certain number of first team players.
Strictly speaking, that means the appearances in these games by Everton's youngsters go on their record as full or senior appearances for Everton FC. But Everton don't have a great record in this competition — they have failed to get beyond the group stage in each of the preceding seasons.
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1 Posted 13/09/2018 at 16:59:52
Now wheres Victor crying out for Davies to play because its his level!!!!
2 Posted 13/09/2018 at 17:40:20
I'm not sure how this is supposed to work but it seems that we have to field a team comprised of half U23s and half U21s? Might as well have a Cup competition with those knocked out of the League (Carabao?) Cup at the first round.
3 Posted 13/09/2018 at 17:56:44
4 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:06:13
5 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:09:15
There's a good 5/6 first team players, who won't actually get a Premier League game unless we have a concentrated injury crisis. So why not let them play? It'd be nice to take this trophy seriously and give these lads some silverware. Winning breeds winning.
6 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:20:24
7 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:20:57
Sounds like an award for the best player agent.
If you drop it at the presentation, does that make it the Bounced Checkatrade Trophy?
Ah, well, I suppose it's a better name than the Filipino Water Buffalo Energy Drink League Cup.
8 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:25:01
9 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:26:10
10 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:36:20
11 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:44:40
12 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:47:00
True but assuming Coleman is back and in the side, why not give the lad a run out on Wednesday night between his bench-warming duties on the Saturdays?
13 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:54:36
I wouldn't risk Jonjoe Kenny with our luck right now. He'll be needed.
14 Posted 13/09/2018 at 19:10:20
I laughed when I found out what a Carabao was -- does the trophy have horns and a tail? -- and I gotta laugh again at this one. Can't wait for the acceptance speech for the legendary Checkatrade.
Reminds me of the race driver a couple of years ago who won the SpongeBob SquarePants 400. Did a TV interview holding the trophy, or rather he tried... couldn't get through it without cracking up.
15 Posted 13/09/2018 at 19:39:52
Plus something is lost in translation as 'check' means to re-examine.
In English, 'cheque' is what you refer to as 'check' in 'Merican.
16 Posted 13/09/2018 at 20:10:08
17 Posted 13/09/2018 at 20:41:28
Phil, interesting coincidence on the names, but a carabao is a water buffalo. National animal of the Philippines. (Don't ask me how I know this, I just do.) The energy drink that sponsors the Cup uses it as a symbol.
18 Posted 13/09/2018 at 20:57:21
19 Posted 13/09/2018 at 21:37:17
20 Posted 13/09/2018 at 23:52:05
21 Posted 14/09/2018 at 01:13:23
Funny coz in a way it follows the continental idea of having fully fledged B-teams playing in the lower leagues, which has been touted as a way for the top clubs to bridge the gapping chasm between 'development' footie and the Real Thing in the Premier League.
22 Posted 14/09/2018 at 01:35:44
23 Posted 14/09/2018 at 09:02:03
He also floated the idea of inserting a division between Leagues 1 & 2 that would consist of Premier League ‘B' sides at first, then I believe the plan was to allow natural promotion and relegation. The lower league clubs didn't like it, but this situation with the Checkatrade Trophy is the compromise that resulted.
I wonder if there is some kind of way round this. Could Everton, or an indirectly associated company, invest in a lower league or conference side and use it as a feeder club? The fact that no-one has done this yet suggests it is extremely problematic as it seems exactly the kind of thing Man City and Chelsea would have liked to help with their ‘player hoarding' policies.
As Steve says, it would be very good for Everton to have a second squad of young players playing regular, competitive football where the people in the stadium care passionately about the result. However, English football has no tradition of this, and a strong tradition of ‘minor' clubs with small but passionately loyal fanbases.
I think this Checkatrade Trophy situation is still seen by the FA as a kind of ‘trial' or ‘first step' toward a ‘B' team system, but I don't think it is going well if the aim is to introduce them into the league system.
24 Posted 14/09/2018 at 09:21:01
So it's no wonder fans don't turn up too, all they'll likely see is an understrength Everton, maybe some promising youngsters if they are lucky.
25 Posted 14/09/2018 at 16:23:30
I don't quite get your point, Phill (#24) — how can all three midweek fixtures be compromised by an International break?
You may not be saying this exactly but, in the context of what Mike is saying, Everton (and all the other 16 Category A Development teams) playing understrength sides (ie, not their first teams) is intrinsic to the set-up of the competition. The age restrictions seem appropriate for giving younger players on the fringe a real taste of fully competitive play in amongst a mix of older players.
Perhaps the dice are loaded, however, by the Development sides always playing away? I think Mike nailed the real problem: novelty vs tradition. Fans and lower league clubs just don't like it.
26 Posted 14/09/2018 at 20:32:34
Last season, the aim was to avoid that (I'm not sure if they managed it) and I haven't checked the schedule next month but I'm sure only one of them could be.
27 Posted 19/09/2018 at 14:50:42
The first game is now next Tuesday in Bradford.
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