The initial group stage draw has today been made for the Papa John’s Trophy. Since the introduction of U23’s (now U21’s) into the tournament for the 2016-2017 season, many Grimsby Town fans have been opposed to their inclusion for fear of B team’s entering the league system – this has been reflected in home attendances for the competition.

As a Trust, we are against any B teams, U21/U23 teams or any other guise of teams already in the pyramid entering the EFL. We will always be vocal on this subject on behalf of fans. However we also believe that supporters of our Club should have the freedom to choose how they support the team and this includes attending Trophy games.

We ask fans to be respectful to each other, irrespective of their personal choice on attending Trophy games.

We are all excited for the new season after an incredible play-off campaign resulted in promotion and we cannot wait for league fixtures to be announced on Thursday.