The draw for the last 32 of The Checkatrade Trophy haz been made and NUFC U21s reward for winnin their group iz a home tie against Macclesfield Toon, who currently sit rock bottom of Leegue 2!
We have NEVAA played Macclesfield at any level, so this iz a 'must gan' game for The Geordie Times!
The game iz to be played (we assume) @ SJP in the forst week of December (ne date yet)
In the last game of the group stage we beat Grimsby 3-2 at Blundell Park in front of just 547, which included 66 diehard Geordies and many were askin if this woz Grimsby's lowest crowd for a competitive game in their history!?
The mackems meanwhile took ower a thooosand to Morcambe for their Checkatrade game, and they have had a good laugh it wor 'pathetic' away support at Grimsby!
HOWEVER! they were watchin their FORST team, while NUFC fans were watchin wor RESORVE team----and last season, when the mackems could play their RESORVES at Grimsby in the same competition (because they were a Championship club) a 'crowd' of just 248 torned up which included---wait for it!--- THREE SMBs in the visitors end!!!!----that's reet, just THREE bothered to torn up when their forst team were heedin for Leegue 1
THIS iz Grimsby's lowest ever crowd!
SMB FANS TRAVEL IN FORCE TO GRIMSBY LAST SEASON
IN THE CHECKATRADE TROPHY!
This meenz that more than 20 times az many Toon fans went to Grimsby to watch wor U21s, compared to their support!
The sund'lind echo paper then printed a story that more than double that number had actually followed the mackems to Grimsby last season and they claimed that in fact SEVEN had made the trip---"WOW!"
(Yi couldn't make it up!)