EFL Trophy Draw: Holders Bolton Wanderers Get Favourable North West Group

Bolton Wanderers will look to retain their EFL Trophy champion status in 2023-24
11:52, 22 Jun 2023

The EFL Trophy draw has been made and we know which of the 16 Premier League U21s sides that the teams from across League One and League Two will be facing in 2023-24.

Bolton Wanderers were crowned the 2022-23 champions after they dispatched League One champions Plymouth Argyle 3-0 at Wembley Stadium. They comprise an interesting group with League Two promotion chasers Stockport County and Salford City - the 2020 EFL Trophy winners.

They will be competing against Manchester United's Under-21s which geographically is perfect for all four teams. Not to mention the connection between Manchester United and Salford's owners including Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt. It is certainly the most exciting group from the draw. 

Northern Draw

Group A




Liverpool U21s

Group B 

Crewe Alexandra

Port Vale


Newcastle United U21s

Group C 

Accrington Stanley

Carlisle United

Harrogate Town

Nottingham Forest U21s

Group D

Fleetwood Town

Tranmere Rovers

Wigan Athletic

Leicester City U21s

Group E

Bolton Wanderers 

Salford City

Stockport County

Manchester United U21s

Group F


Bradford City

Grimsby Town

Manchester City U21s

Group G

Derby County 

Lincoln City

Notts County

Wolverhampton Wanderers U21s

Group H

Burton Albion 

Doncaster Rovers

Mansfield Town

Everton U21s


Southern Draw

Group A

Forest Green Rovers

Shrewsbury Town


Brighton & Hove Albion U21s

Group B

Charlton Athletic

Crawley Town

Sutton United

Aston Villa U21s

Group C

AFC Wimbledon 


Wycombe Wanderers 

Crystal Palace U21s

Group D 

Cambridge United

Colchester United

Peterborough United

Tottenham Hotspur U21s

Group E


Leyton Orient


Fulham U21s

Group F

MK Dons

Northampton Town

Oxford United

Chelsea U21s

Group G

Exeter City


Swindon Town

Arsenal U21s

Group H

Bristol Rovers

Cheltenham Town

Newport County

West Ham United U21s

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