Newcastle have been paired against Scunthorpe United in the draw for the second round of the League Cup.
It’s a match that brings back memories of our season in the Championship to be honest. Bad memories. We were beaten 2-1 that evening and Scunthorpe celebrated by acting like Sunderland and getting mugs and t-shirts printed in celebration of the day when they beat a team in the same league as them at the time.
How things change though. Of course we went on to achieve promotion at the end of that season and consolidate Premier League survival in the season after whilst Scunthorpe are now plying their trade in League One. However before anyone says this will be an easy tie just remember that much the same was said about Accrington Stanley and Stevenage. Granted we scraped through the first one, but look what happened in the second one. Upsets can and do happen!
The draw is in full below.
Millwall v Morecambe
Blackburn Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday
Bury v Leicester City
West Ham United or Aldershot Town v Carlisle United
AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
Crystal Palace or Crawley Town v Wigan Athletic
Peterborough United v Middlesbrough
Aston Villa v Hereford United
Bristol City or Swindon Town v Southampton
Exeter City v Liverpool
Everton v Sheffield United
Brighton & Hove Albion v Sunderland
Shrewsbury Town v Swansea City
Reading or Charlton Athletic v Preston North End
Norwich City v Milton Keynes Dons
Northampton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers v Nottingham Forest
Bolton Wanderers v Macclesfield Town
Burnley v Barnet
Scunthorpe United v Newcastle United
Leyton Orient v Watford or Bristol Rovers
Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United
Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town
Queens Park Rangers v Rochdale
Games will be played week commencing 22nd August with the likely date being Tuesday 23rd August, although that is as yet unconfirmed so don’t hold me to it!