Stevenage vote to retain EFL Trophy format

Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Stevenage have voted in favour of retaining the current Checkatrade Trophy format with amendments.

EFL clubs were asked to vote on the future of the competition following widespread criticism of the new format last season, and in doing so were offered the following three options:

1. Retain the current format with amendments

2. Revert to a 48-team knock-out competition

3. Abandon the Checkatrade Trophy altogether

Chairman Phil Wallace said of his club’s decision: “Our position on the competition has been consistent. Fundamentally, we are members of the EFL and we will play whatever matches or formats we are asked to play in.

“After much thought, we believe that the current format ticks a lot of boxes for Stevenage FC and is in the best interests of the club.

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“We want to play competitive games instead of training ground friendlies to blood our younger players and there is a reasonable chance of us getting to Wembley.

“Some of the rules last season weren’t equitable and they have been changed which is important.

“Playing criteria has expanded and importantly for a club of our size, the increased and guaranteed prize money now offered is vital to us.”

The EFL is expected to announce the result of the vote later today (Friday).