Bees for Blues

IPSWICH have been drawn at home to Brentford in the first round of next season's Carling Cup.The game will be played at Portman Road on Tuesday, August 24, and Town will be bidding to maintain a 100 per cent cup record against the Londoners.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH have been drawn at home to Brentford in the first round of next season's Carling Cup.

The game will be played at Portman Road on Tuesday, August 24, and Town will be bidding to maintain a 100 per cent cup record against the Londoners.

Back in 1966, they eliminated the Bees thanks to a 4-2 win at Griffin Park and the clubs were next drawn together in the 1999-2000 campaign.


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After a 2-0 win in the capital, Ipswich repeated the scoreline at Portman Road and they will be firm favourites to advance this time.

Colchester United have also been drawn at home, to Cheltenham Town, in a seeded draw split between north and south.

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West Ham will be at home to Southend and there are other derby clashes at Oxford, who meet Reading, and Yeovil, who take on Plymouth.

Leeds have been handed a Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield while fellow top flight exiles Wolves have had their lowly status confirmed by a draw away to Rochdale.

Perennial cup warriors Sheffield United have been paired with Stockport while city rivals Wednesday will face Walsall.

Of the other big names in the draw, Sunderland will be happy with a meeting with Chester, who are newly returned to the Football League.

Similarly, Nottingham Forest will fancy their chances against Scunthorpe while West Ham can look forward to a visit from Southend.

Peterborough will take on the newly-named Milton Keynes Dons and Derby travel to Lincoln.

First round draw (ties will be played in the week

commencing August 23, 2004): Lincoln v Derby, Sunderland v Chester, Darlington v Barnsley, Hull v Wrexham, Nottingham Forest v Scunthorpe, Rochdale v Wolves, Bradford v Nott County, Bury v Burnley, Tranmere v Shrewsbury, Crewe v Blackpool, Mansfield v Preston, Sheffield Wednesday v Walsall, Sheffield United v Stockport, Hartlepool v Macclesfield, Doncaster v Port Vale, Oldham v Stoke, Grimsby v Wigan, Rotherham v Chesterfield, Leeds v Huddersfield, Colchester v Cheltenham, Peterborough v Milton Keynes Dons, Gillingham v Northampton, Brighton v Bristol Rovers, Leyton Orient v Bournemouth, Wycombe v Bristol City, Boston United v Luton, Watford v Cambridge, QPR v Swansea, Kidderminster Harriers v Cardiff, West Ham v Southend, Ipswich v Brentford, Rushden & Diamonds v Swindon, Oxford United v Reading, Yeovil v Plymouth, Coventry v Torquay.

Former Ipswich defender Chris Makin, who walked out last week after rejecting the club's contract offer, will not be joining Bolton after Reebok Stadium boss Sam Allardyce pulled the plug on a possible move because of doubts over the player's fitness. But Makin, 31, is now training with Leicester and is likely to join them on their pre-season tour to Finland next week.

Meanwhile, Town's home league fixture with Millwall has been switched for live coverage on Sky Sports. The game, originally scheduled for Portman Road on September 11, will now kick-off at 1pm the following day.

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