Dons to visit Cheltenham in Carling Cup

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A TRIP to League Two Cheltenham is on the cards for Dons in the first round of the Carling Cup.

The two clubs have only ever met twice before – in League One – with Dons coming out victorious on both occasions.

Last season’s Carling Cup campaign was a memorable one for Dons. After seeing off Dagenham & Redbridge in the first round, they were handed a tough home draw against Blackpool.

However, the club made history as they turned over the Premier League new boys in a dramatic 4-3 extra time win – their first success against top flight opposition.

They then went on to face another Premier League club, this time Birmingham City at St Andrews. Despite holding their own for the majority of the game against a full-strength Blues side, three goals in 11 minutes ensured that Alex McLeish’s men prevailed, and eventually went on to lift the Cup with victory over Arsenal at Wembley.

This year’s first round ties will be played during the week commencing August 8. No definite date for Dons’ trip to Whaddon Road has yet been confirmed.

Another tie of note sees Crystal Palace take on either Crawley Town or AFC Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. The two teams promoted from the Conference must play a preliminary round tie because holders Birmingham were relegated from the Premier League. Their Europa League commitments mean they will not start their Cup defence until round three.

The draw in full:

Rochdale v Chesterfield

Port Vale v Huddersfield Town

Rotherham United v Leicester City

Hull City v Macclesfield Town

Hartlepool United v Sheffield United

Leeds United v Bradford City

Doncaster Rovers v Tranmere Rovers

Walsall v Middlesbrough

Barnsley v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Scunthorpe United

Derby County v Shrewsbury Town

Oldham Athletic v Carlisle United

Bury v Coventry City

Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool

Burnley v Burton Albion

Preston North End v Crewe Alexandra

Nottingham Forest v Notts County

Brighton & Hove Albion v Gillingham

AFC Bournemouth v Dagenham & Redbridge

Ipswich Town v Northampton Town

Cheltenham Town v Milton Keynes Dons

Bristol Rovers v Watford

Plymouth Argyle v Millwall

Oxford United v Cardiff City

West Ham United v Aldershot Town

Southampton v Torquay United

Charlton Athletic v Reading

Portsmouth v Barnet

Stevenage v Peterborough United

Southend United v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Colchester United

Hereford United v Brentford

Exeter City v Yeovil Town

Bristol City v Swindon Town

Crystal Palace v Crawley Town/AFC Wimbledon