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Clubs discover Carling Cup fate

The Carling Cup
Manchester United and Tottenham reached last year's Carling Cup final

Football League new boys Burton Albion have been drawn away to Reading in the first round of the Carling Cup.

Elsewhere West Bromwich Albion, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, will travel to Bury.

Newcastle and Middlesbrough, who were also relegated into the Championship, received byes for the first round.

Top-flight clubs will not enter the competition until the second round, although teams that have qualified for Europe are introduced a stage later.

That means holders Manchester United as well as Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Aston Villa and Fulham will enter in the third round.

The final is set to be held at Wembley Stadium on 28 February.

Last season Manchester United beat holders Tottenham 4-1 on penalties in the final at Wembley.

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Meanwhile, Burton boss Paul Peschisolido is delighted to have been drawn against Reading.

"It's a fantastic draw and I'm so pleased for the players," he said. "To get a draw like this is wonderful for the club and the players and it is a chance for someone to make a name for themselves. "

Elsewhere, Torquay who were also promoted from the Blue Square Premier, will visit Championship outfit Crystal Palace.

Preston will play host to Morecambe in a Lancashire derby, while Barnet entertain Watford.

Cash-strapped Darlington, who are due to come out of administration this summer, were handed further good news with a potentially money-spinning home tie against Leeds United.

The ties are scheduled to be played in the week commencing 10 August.

• Video highlights of every game in the Carling Cup next season will be available on the BBC Sport website, for UK users.


The draw for the first round of the Carling Cup is as follows:

Accrington Stanley v Walsall
Huddersfield v Stockport
Rotherham v Derby
Tranmere v Grimsby
Sheff Weds v Rochdale
Bury v West Brom
Notts County v Doncaster
Lincoln v Barnsley
Scunthorpe v Chesterfield
Coventry v Hartlepool
Darlington v Leeds
Preston v Morecambe
Crewe v Blackpool
Carlisle v Oldham
Nottm Forest v Bradford
Macclesfield v Leicester
Sheff Utd v Port Vale
Cardiff v Dag & Red
Wycombe v Peterborough
Southampton v Northampton
Barnet v Watford
Hereford v Charlton
Bristol Rovers v Aldershot
Millwall v Bournemouth
Gillingham v Plymouth
Colchester v Leyton Orient
Reading v Burton Albion
Exeter v QPR
Cheltenham v Southend
Brentford v Bristol City
Yeovil v Norwich
Crystal Palace v Torquay
MK Dons v Swindon
Swansea v Brighton
Shrewsbury v Ipswich

Matches to be played in the week commencing 10 August



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see also
Football league on the BBC
02 Aug 10 |  Football
North East sides receive Cup bye
03 Jun 09 |  League Cup
Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham (aet)
01 Mar 09 |  League Cup
Sunday's football photos
01 Mar 09 |  Football
BBC wins Football League contract
06 Nov 07 |  Football


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