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North East sides receive Cup bye

Steve Gibson
Middlesbrough with the League Cup in 2004

Championship-bound Newcastle United and Middlesbrough will begin next season's League Cup in the second round after receiving a first-round bye.

Uefa decided against extra Europa League places for English clubs and as a result the highest ranked first round teams were fast-tracked into round two.

Middlesbrough were Carling Cup winners as recently as 2004, beating Bolton 2-1 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Newcastle were 1976 finalists, losing 2-1 to Manchester City at Wembley.

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