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