The road to Wembley begins

Tuesday, 17, June, 2014
Manchester City celebrate winning the Capital One Cup

The Capital One Cup returns in the second week of August with seventy teams entering at the first round stage, all dreaming of a trip to Wembley.

Ironically two of the first round ties see teams who enjoyed a day out at the national stadium toward the end of last season face each other.

Wigan Athletic were beaten FA Cup semi-finalists back in April while Burton Albion suffered defeat in the League Two Play-Off Final in May and the two face each other at the Pirelli Stadium as they go in search of happier memories of Wembley this term.

Conversely Burton’s conquerors Fleetwood Town have very happy memories of Wembley as do Rotherham United who won the League One Play-Off Final and the two meet at the New York Stadium.

Cambridge United are back in the Football League for the first time in 9 years following their win over Gateshead in last season’s Conference Play-Off Final.

That was the second of two Wembley wins the U’s enjoyed last season but if they are to make it a hat-trick with victory in the Capital One Cup they will first have to overcome Birmingham City at St Andrew’s

For a full list of the Capital One First Round fixtures see below:

Oldham Athletic v Middlesbrough

Shrewsbury Town v Blackpool

Sheffield Wednesday v Notts County

Tranmere Rovers v Nottingham Forest

Leeds United v Accrington Stanley

Bolton Wanderers v Bury

Rochdale v Preston North End

Rotherham United v Fleetwood Town

Carlisle United v Derby County

Port Vale v Hartlepool United

Morecambe v Bradford City

Barnsley v Crewe Alexandra

Chesterfield v Huddersfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Scunthorpe United

Burton Albion v Wigan Athletic

York City v Doncaster Rovers

Sheffield United v Mansfield Town

Reading v Newport County

Bristol City v Oxford United

Brighton & Hove Albion v Cheltenham Town

Coventry City v Cardiff City

Luton Town v Swindon Town

Dagenham & Redbridge v Brentford

Charlton Athletic v Colchester United

Crawley Town v Ipswich Town

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Northampton Town

Yeovil Town v Gillingham

Milton Keynes Dons v AFC Wimbledon

Exeter City v AFC Bournemouth

Stevenage v Watford

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Birmingham City v Cambridge Untied

Portsmouth v Peterborough United

Millwall v Wycombe Wanderers

Southend United v Walsall