League new boys land top draws in the Carling Cup
Friday 13 June 2008
Aldershot and Exeter have been rewarded for their return to the Football League with plum draws against Coventry and Southampton respectively in the Carling Cup first round.
The Shots secured promotion back to the Football League - 16 years after Aldershot FC folded - as champions and will face Chris Coleman's men at the Ricoh Arena.
Exeter - who return to the Football League after a five-year absence following their play-off final win over Cambridge at Wembley - host Southampton at St James' Park.
The regionalised and seeded draw has thrown up a number of intriguing local derbies, particularly in the northern section where Sheffield Wednesday host cash-strapped neighbours Rotherham.
Bradford travel to fierce Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield while across the Pennines Bury face Lancashire neighbours Burnley at Gigg Lane.
Relegated duo Birmingham and Reading, meanwhile, face the prospect of an upset after being drawn away to Wycombe and Dagenham respectively.
Derby, who set a new points record as they finished bottom of the Premier League, host Lincoln.
Darren Ferguson's newly-promoted Peterborough face Championship opposition after being drawn away to Bristol City, while fallen giants Leeds face a trip to League Two Chester.
Morecambe - who dumped Preston and Wolves out of the competition last season - travel to newly-promoted Nottingham Forest.
Ties will be played week commencing August 11.
Preston v Chesterfield
Chester v Leeds
Leicester v Stockport
Sheffield United v Port Vale
Grimsby v Tranmere
Crewe v Barnsley
Hartlepool v Scunthorpe
Derby v Lincoln
Notts County v Doncaster
Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham
Shrewsbury v Carlisle
Wolves v Accrington
Bury v Burnley
Rochdale v Oldham
Nottingham Forest v Morecambe
Huddersfield v Bradford
Macclesfield v Blackpool
Walsall v Darlington
Coventry v Aldershot
MK Dons v Norwich
Wycombe v Birmingham
Brighton v Barnet
Gillingham v Colchester
Southend v Cheltenham
Swansea v Brentford
Luton v Plymouth
Exeter v Southampton
Watford v Bristol Rovers
Bournemouth v Cardiff
Bristol City v Peterborough
Charlton v Yeovil
Millwall v Northampton
Swindon v QPR
Crystal Palace v Hereford
Dagenham & Redbridge v Reading
Ipswich v Leyton Orient
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