Well, the reception was somewhat muted from clubs, with many big academy sides (Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea) declining to take part. League clubs cited issues such as extra travel expenses as the competition is no longer regionalised, the inclusion of academy sides and the ‘make the rules up as you go along’ attitude to the new competition format.
Even less surprisingly following the mass coverage of the #BTeamBoycott on Twitter and the general acknowledgement from football league fans that this new concept has been horrifically executed has led to record low attendances for competitive matches at grounds around the country, with over two-thirds of fixtures being witnessed by less than a thousand spectators, with just 392 lucky souls seeing Fleetwood take on Blackburn Rovers academy – a one-goal thriller.
When even football league teams are taking the proverbial by breaking FA rules and fielding under strength teams, and in Bradford’s case playing a full strength team and then substituting their first team goalkeeper Colin Doyle after he had a ‘poor 45 seconds’ the FA have to ultimately admit defeat.
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