Football League club’s attendances are expected to drop tonight across the country as the revamped Football League Trophy (now known as the Checkatrade Trophy) kicks off with the first round.
A new structure has been put in place for the competition by the Football League with a group stage before the knockout and the inclusion of Under 23 sides from the Premier League and Championship in a bid to bring fresh talent through the ranks. The north and south divide has still been kept but due to some top tier teams rejecting to participate in the competition some supporters will have to travel many miles to get to the games.
The new format has been widely criticised by supporters and many have stated they won’t be attending a single game of the competition. A hashtag on Twitter #BTeamBoycott has trended with many in support of this, fans believing that the competition has been devalued and will likely deny a chance for a lower league club a day out at Wembley. The prize money has increased this year for every win/draw that a club achieves but the popularity of this tournament has never been lower.