Newcastle United learn Papa John's Trophy opponents

Newcastle United have avoided Sunderland in the Papa John’s Trophy.

St James's Park.
St James's Park.

The club’s Under-21s were today paired with Sheffield Wednesday, Harrogate Town and Mansfield Town in Group H.

Former Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand made the draw for the trophy’s group stage.

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Newcastle didn’t progress into the knockout stages last season following group stage defeats to Shrewsbury Town, Crewe Alexandra and Bolton Wanderers.

Sunderland, drawn against Manchester United, Bradford City and Lincoln City in Group F, won the trophy last season after beating Tranmere Rovers at Wembley.