Papa John's Trophy draw: Newcastle United, Leeds, Everton and Premier League U21 sides find out group stage opponents
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The draw took place on Thursday morning to confirm which Premier League academy sides would be joining the senior Football League clubs in the group stage of the competition.
As always, all three of The Young Magpies’ group matches will be played away from home.
Last season, Newcastle’s side finished bottom of their group with three defeats from three matches against Mansfield Town, Harrogate Town and Sheffield Wednesday. Holders Rotherham United will not take part in the 2022-23 competition due to their promotion to the Championship.
After being knocked out by Sunderland's first team in the last-16 of the competition during the 2018-19 season, Newcastle’s academy side have lost all three of their group stage games in each of the three seasons that followed.
It’s an unwanted run that they will be hoping to end this coming season with the competition set to get under way on the week commencing August 29.
Newcastle are one of 16 Premier League teams who have entered an academy side this season. Newly promoted Fulham, AFC Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest are the top-flight sides who have not entered along with Brentford.
Papa John’s Trophy group stage draw in full
Leeds United U21
Wolverhampton Wanderers U21
Newcastle United U21
Manchester City U21
Manchester United U21
Leicester City U21
Aston Villa U21
Milton Keynes Dons
West Ham U21
Tottenham Hotspur U21
Crystal Palace U21
Forest Green Rovers