On the same day as the fixtures being released, we learnt our fate for the Papa Johns Group stage and the first round of the Carabao Cup.
Papa Johns Trophy
Pools were drawn into Northern Group A alongside Harrogate Town, Morecambe FC and Everton U21s. Two familiar sides from last years tournaments as Pools picked up two home wins against the Shrimps and the Premier League Reserve side to advance in the trophy.
Pools will travel to Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the first round of the Carabao Cup. The two sides have only ever met twice and both fixtures took place in 1974 in the league cup. A 1-1 draw at home took us to Ewood Park for the second leg where goals from Potter and McMahon sent us to the next round.
This tie is due to be played the week commencing the 8th August.