The regionalisation of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy has been organised, as has the 16 clubs that will get byes into the 2nd round. In possibly good news Exeter City have been given a bye. Plymouth Argyle have also been given a bye, so the potential for a Devon Derby is still there.
The draw will take place on Saturday 16th August, possibly on Soccer AM.
|The regional groupings for the first round are as follows:|
|Southern Section – West||Northern Section – West|
|Cheltenham Town||Accrington Stanley|
|Coventry City||Carlisle United|
|Newport County||Crewe Alexandra|
|Oxford United||Fleetwood Town|
|Swindon Town||Preston North End|
|Yeovil Town||Shrewsbury Town|
|Southern Section – East||Northern Section – East|
|Cambridge United||Bradford City|
|Leyton Orient||Notts County|
|Peterborough United||Oldham Athletic|
|Southend United||Scunthorpe United|
|Southern Section – byes||Northern Section – byes|
|Exeter City||Port Vale|
|Northampton Town||Tranmere Rovers|
|Colchester United||Burton Albion|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||Doncaster Rovers|
|Luton Town||Hartlepool United|
|Milton Keynes Dons||Sheffield United|
Vanishing spray, as used in the recent FIFA World Cup will also be trialled in this tournament.