The draw for Round 1 of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy will be made on Saturday 18th August. The draw will take place whilst many football fans will be on their way to the opening fixture of the season, which for Exeter City fans will be home to Morecambe. It will be made between 10.00am and 10.30am on the Soccer AM show.
The JPT has been a mixed bag for the Grecians since we returned to the Football League:-
- 2008 lost to Shrewsbury Town at home 2-1
- 2009 we lost to Swindon at home on penalties, after drawing 1-1
- 2010 we had a bit of a run in the competition, nearly getting to the final at Wembley.
- Beat Yeovil away 301. Beat Hereford United away 3-0, beat Argyle 2-1 away. Beat Bristol Rovers away on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Then in the area final drew 1-1 with Brentford away, but lost disappointingly 2-1 at home, so Brentford went through 3-2 on aggregate.
- 2011 beat Argyleat home on penalties (Lenny Pidgely saving all 3 pens!) after drawing 1-1, then lost at home to Swindon 2-1.
The draw will be split into four area sections as below: –
|Southern Section – West||Southern Section – East|
|AFC Bournemouth||AFC Wimbledon|
|Aldershot Town||Crawley Town|
|Bristol Rovers||Dagenham & Redbridge|
|Oxford United||Milton Keynes Dons|
|Yeovil Town||Southend United|
|Northern Section – West||Northern Section – East|
|Accrington Stanley||Burton Albion|
|Fleetwood Town||Coventry City|
|Port Vale||Oldham Athletic|
|Preston North End||Rotherham United|
|Tranmere Rovers||York City|
16 clubs that have been given a bye for Round 1 of the JPT. They are as follows:-
|Southern Section||Northern Section|
|Cheltenham Town||Crewe Alexandra|
|Colchester United||Doncaster Rovers|
|Leyton Orient||Hartlepool United|
|Plymouth Argyle||Sheffield United|
|Torquay United||Shrewsbury Town|
First round ties will be played in the week commencing 3rd September 2012.
The remaining round dates are:-
October 8th (w/c) Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Round 2
December 3rd (w/c) Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Quarter-Finals
January 7th (w/c) Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Semi-Finals
February 4th (w/c) Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Finals 1st leg
February 18th (w/c) Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Finals 2nd leg
April 7th Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final – Wembley Stadium