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United await Checkatrade Trophy group stage draw

Written by Dan King

Newcastle will learn their Checkatrade Trophy group stage opponents on Wednesday.

The Magpies will be one of 16 under-21 sides to take part in this year's competition, which was won by Coventry City last season. 

The tournament consists of 48 clubs from League One and League Two as well as the sides invited to represent Category One academies. 

Category One clubs have been split into North and South sections and will be drawn into each group on Wednesday, 12th July at 3pm.

Newcastle are number five in the Northern Category One section. They will be drawn into one of the following groups:

Group A
Carlisle United
Fleetwood Town

Group B
Accrington Stanley
Wigan Athletic

Group C
Blackburn Rovers

Group D
Crewe Alexandra
Oldham Athletic
Port Vale

Group E
Coventry City
Shrewsbury Town

Group F
Bradford City
Rotherham United

Group G
Lincoln City
Mansfield Town
Notts County

Group H
Doncaster Rovers
Grimsby Town
Scunthorpe United

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