Familiar face in opposing dugout for development clash
Alan Reeves will be up against former Wimbledon team-mate Jason Euell this afternoon, as AFC Wimbledon’s development side begin their Premier League Cup group matches.
The Dons travel to DGS Marine Stadium, (2pm kick-off) where Euell (pictured playing for AFC Wimbledon) will be in the opposing dugout as lead coach of Charlton Athletic's under-23s side. Today’s game will be contested at Greenwich Borough’s Badgers Sports Club and Greenwich Borough are asking fans to make a voluntary donation to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in order to gain admission to the match. The full address is: Badgers Sports Club, Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, SE9 5HP.
Alan’s development squad face will also face matches against Middlesbrough and Fulham (home and away) as well as a home game against the Addicks.
Having beaten Wigan Athletic 5-0 in the first qualifying round at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and having received a bye in the second round, the Dons progressed to the group stages for the first time.
The competition, previously for under-21s and now open to under-23 sides across the country, is initially contested in a group format. Each group contains four sides, each playing each other home and away. The Dons are in group F.
The competition is made up of 32 teams, split into eight groups of four teams with six match rounds as part of the group stage. The Premier League Cup, like the Premier League 2 league schedule, is open to players under the age of 23 with the normal provision of three overage outfield players and one over age goalkeeper.
All fixtures must be played at the club’s main stadium or a Premier League approved alternative venue. No training ground games are permitted within the Premier League Cup. All fixtures must be played between the Friday and Monday of the dedicated Match Round.
The top two in each group progress to the last 16 where the competition becomes a straight knock-out.