Discussion in 'Molineux Mix' started by Will Wolf, Jun 19, 2018.
For those not aware
Invited Under-21 teams confirmed for 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy
Great stuff for the lads; 2016-17 proved absolutely great for Gibbs-White, Wilson, Enobakhare and Ronan - all of whom have made an impact on the senior side. Also it means a 3rd pathway to Wembley too!
My thoughts also. Do we think the home games will be at Molineux?
Plus, to someone like me who won't be able to go to many league games next season, it gives me the chance to get to the Golden Palace to see competitive action.
Great news, happy with that.
They were last time and haven't seen anything to indicate otherwise
As good as this is for our youth players, is as bad as this is for the competition.
This is the start of B teams and I don’t like it personally. We shouldn’t be in this competition in my opinion.
It was incredibly helpful a couple of seasons ago for several of our younger players, giving them a competitive platform to perform on. The U23 league isn't as competitive as it should be, and feels more like a reserves league. Gibbs-White could star in this.
There was a stat I saw, that showed that most of the top players in the world started breaking through to first team football by the age of 17 or 18. It shows that players need to move up from the U23 squad much earlier than they often do in England. English teams just don't seem to want to give players that young game time though. Compared to say Germany or Portugal, who seem to produce players at will and often give debuts to players much earlier age wise.
How many times have we seen a kid with so much skill just struggle to make the step up from reserve/u23 squad to the full team, get released, then after a few years playing in the lower leagues 'come good' and finally show their potential? the only problem is they are 25-26 by then instead of 20-21.
Sending players out on loan helps, but they often still don't get the game time needed. Also, you're not giving them the best coaching while they are on loan.
Playing competitive football like this is vital for their development. So I'm really happy we're doing this again next season. But it's not enough.
Weirdly it's the same problem for coaches. German top flight teams are more likely to give young managers a chance, often promoted from managing their youth teams, but English clubs only want experienced managers from the off. The only time you seem to see a young English manager in the Premier league is if they got promoted to it. Promoting managers from within also has the side effect of them bringing youth team players they know through to the first team.
Look at Tim Sherwood at Spurs. He might not have done well as a manager, but the moment he took over he brought a load of youth team players into the first team and Spurs are still reaping the benefits of that choice.
Does anyone know what date the draw is? Tried googling to no avail. Sure I read it was happening mid July though
It was on 13th July last year so I’d say imminently.... possibly even tomorrow
Looking forward to see who we get. Fingers crossed it's Coventry
they did well last time in the competition & some of those players kicked on, I'm all for it, hope they do well again
Wednesday 18th July it seems at 1pm. We’re in the northern section and will be in one of 8 groups
Checkatrade Trophy: Round One Draw information
Hopefully Crewe again.
Drawn in Group H with Lincoln, Mansfield & Scunthorpe
I agree, it undermines the competition.
And all Away
Boro are in a group with Port Vale, Burton and Walsall...
Would have been a much better group for us.
And more logical
Not done any of our 3 aways when are these to be played?
I'd be interested in Lincoln and Mansfield. Scunthorpe not so much...
Will probably be terrible turnout if previous years are anything to go by...
This is great news for me!!!!! Party round my house all welcome.
...just don't tell the wife
3 new grounds for me, exciting! Will try and go to them all.
Done em all.
Agreed, but I think I read somewhere that ties likely to require a heavier demand on local police are avoided (I'm thinking Port Vale and Walsall here rather than Burton), so we would not have been drawn in this group, or perhaps even the group with Shrewsbury in it maybe.
**EDIT** - It was this article, but in hindsight only mentions Portsmouth/Southampton and Newcastle/Sunderland, so I may only have been partly correct in my statement.
Checkatrade Trophy: Round One Draw information
Easy treble on the cards! Win the tournament in Germany + this. Voila!
Shame there are no home games
We have to play the reigning Champions of this trophy though!
I might just nip over for this game. Only an hours drive.
Not if you live on Gillies or Wecky!
Ha!! No I certainly don't. I live in the posh (ish) bit in Bracebridge Heath. But for all looking to go I'll hope we can meet in the Golden Eagle, 2min walk from the ground
Good old Bracebridge Heath! Takes me back to my RAF days at Waddington and Coningsby!
I work at Waddington myself (civvie). My family moved here in '93 as my Dad was RAF and posted to Digby. We stayed while he moved about.
I was on 5Sqn Tornado at Coningsby and the AWACS project team at Waddo till I left the RAF in 1994.
Any news on the dates please?
Says week beginning 3rd September. Worryingly I distinctly remember them announcing the games like this 2 seasons ago.
Only found out a week or 2 before when the game was being played and what time.
Annoying really as clearly the attendances in the competition are dwindling. So they make it worse for themselves.
Don't expect to hear news on this until 2nd week of August at best...
I seem to remember a case last season where the U21 team played in the Check-a-trade the same night the full side played at home in thd Prem. Completely devalued the tie. Man City rings a bell
Much obliged I’ll keep my eyes peeled
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