Port Vale have been handed a controversial “derby” game against Stoke City’s U21 side in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The draw is bound to be controversial with Port Vale fans. Many are unimpressed with the introduction of U21 sides to the Football League Trophy competition and will believe playing the Stoke youngsters in a competitive fixture will only confirm how the integrity tournament has been damaged by Football League tinkering. The tournament has seen record attendance lows set for the club after many fans boycotted the contest.
This website has made clear its opposition to the changes to the Football League Trophy competition in previous blog articles.
A press release on the official Port Vale website confirmed:
Port Vale will host the Under 21’s of local rivals Stoke City in Round Two of the Checkatrade Trophy.
Vale secured the opportunity for a home tie after beating Walsall 2-1 on Tuesday evening, making it three wins out of three in the group stages.
Further information including a confirmed date for the fixture, kick off time and ticket details will be announced via our website and social media channels as soon as possible.