Full farcical League Cup draw includes Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest
After a very tedious match that saw Sunderland just edge past League One side Bury 1-0 on Thursday night, the League Cup draw for the second round took place.
The draw was far more entertaining than the televised match had been and simply summed up the level of the clowns who run English football.
The decision had been made to make the draw split between a Southern and Northern section, with also seeded clubs up against non-seeded ones, meaning that as well as the two teams being pulled out, a red or white ball was also drawn out each time to see who played at home in each tie.
The Southern section was drawn first and it took those doing the draw four ties to realise that they had been calling the home/away teams the wrong way around.
The draw also featured bizarre anomalies, with midlands side Burton Albion ending up in the South end of things and having to travel to South Wales to face Cardiff, whilst Newport County from South Wales have to travel way north (past Burton) to visit Leeds.
The end result for Newcastle United was that a home draw was secured and we once again meet Nottingham Forest, after two feisty encounters last season, sparked by the antics of a useless referee and Henri Lansbury.
Neither will be involved this time, although the recently transferred Daryl Murphy could make an instant return to St James Park.
The Newcastle v Forest game will be played sometime in the week commencing Monday 21 August.
Second Round Draw:
Birmingham City v Bournemouth
Brighton & Hove Albion v Barnet
Cardiff City v Burton Albion
Cheltenham Town v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town
Fulham v Bristol Rovers
MK Dons v Swansea City
Norwich City v Charlton Athletic
QPR v Brentford
Reading v Millwall
Southampton v Wolves
Watford v Bristol City
Accrington Stanley v West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
Barnsley v Derby County or Grimsby Town (having to be replayed due to rain causing game to be abandoned)
Blackburn Rovers v Burnley
Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday
Carlisle v Sunderland
Doncaster Rovers v Hull City
Huddersfield Town v Rotherham United
Leeds United v Newport County
Middlesbrough v Scunthorpe
Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest
Sheffield United v Leicester City
Stoke v Rochdale
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