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.

Newcastle fans hoping simply for a smooth passage to round three and the match likely to give us first starts for the likes of Jacob Murphy and Mikel Merino.

The Newcastle v Forest game will be played sometime in the week commencing Monday 21 August.

Second Round Draw:

Southern section:

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

Northern section:

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

  • Wor Lass

    I remember, many years ago, watching a cup draw on telly and the old dodderer wheeled out for the occasion pulled out two b*lls by mistake and one dropped into his lap. Noone (on the telly, anyway) noticed and the draw proceeded. As things neared the end and it became obvious there was going to a ball missing the old gadgee furtively groped around, found it and tried slipping it back in the pot. Great entertainment value and a classic FA cock-up. I think they had to redraw it.

    • Wor Lass

      This is getting too much like the Chronic! What sort of football forum doesn`t allow you to use the word b*lls?

      • Leazes Ender

        You can’t use the colloquial form of Richard either.

        • Wor Lass

          On the Chron you can`t use “title” – and we needed it last season.

        • Geordiegiants

          Just replace the word with CLARKO or FLECKMAN, everyone will know what your talking about.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Nackers works

        • Wor Lass

          Could be useful for conversations with Clarko (when I want to be nice, that is).

          • Geordiegiants

            CLARKO! She is worse than Fleckman, the f’ckin pr’ck, c’nt, b’stard, tw’t.

          • Leazes Ender

            Clarko …..Its Fleckman’s younger brother ….. Kevin Lee

      • Geordiegiants

        It’s far to sensitive this platform. The last one was much better.