Club Statement: Papa John’s Trophy

Grimsby Town Football Club has today been drawn in ‘Group F’ of the Northern section of the Papa John’s Trophy for the 2022-23 season.

The draw will see the Mariners in the same group as Derby County and Mansfield Town, with the identity of the Premier League U21 team joining us in Group F to be decided on Thursday at 9am.

All EFL Clubs will play two of their three matches at home in the Group Stages, with the opening ties to take place week commencing 29th August.

Match 1 w/c 29th August 2022
Alternative dates – w/c 22nd August (subject to Carabao Cup Round 2) & w/c 5th September

Match 2 w/c 19th September 2022
Alternative dates – w/c 25th September 2022 & w/c 3rd October 2022

Match 3 w/c 17th October 2022
Alternative dates – w/c 10th October 2022 & w/c 31st October 2022

We are, of course, very aware that many of our supporters have strong views about the Club’s participation in this competition and we, like the Mariners Trust, believe fans should be free to choose how they want to support their team.

Although the Club will face Premier League U21 teams in the competition this season, we wanted to reassure supporters that our Board is united in their opposition to the inclusion of any Under 21 or U23 teams joining the Football League, in any way.

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