WSC contributor Tom Davies for the Guardian

icon cups4 March ~ While the proposal to let Premier League clubs field B teams in the lower leagues has been widely rejected but a “compromise” is now reportedly under consideration. That would be to allow the B teams to compete in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, a much-derided competition that has nonetheless survived for over 30 years and gives lower-League clubs a genuine shot at reaching Wembley. WSC contributor Tom Davies has written a piece for the Guardian which argues that putting top-flight B teams into the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy will only damage the competition, yet is also unlikely to spark England World Cup success.

Related articles

Germany's B teams have damaged lower-league clubs
English FA considering their introduction 7 May ~ Today the FA will be considering proposals for the introduction of a new competition for Premier...
The JPT offers Oldham a route to silverware
29 January ~ As the local evening paper put it, "Shefki Kuqi raced in front of his marker to powerfully nod home” the goal that confirmed...
Brentford hope for Johnstone's Paint Trophy boost
3 April ~ Brentford's visit to Wembley for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final with Carlisle today is a chance to meet some of the season'...