THE first round draw for the Football League Cup, now known as the Carling Cup, has been made with a couple of intriguing ties thrown up already.
Leeds United, making their first appearance at this stage of the competition since gaining promotion to the old First Division in 1989-90, will face newly-promoted League One side and Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town in what appears the tie of the round.
Chester City, making a return to the competition after four years in the Conference, face a tough tie away to beaten promotion play-off semi-finalists Sunderland while the other promoted side from the Conference, Shrewsbury Town are away to Tranmere Rovers.
Wrexham will travel to newly-promoted fellow-League One side Hull City, managed by ex-England coach Peter Taylor and who have just added ex-England star Nick Barmby to their ranks.
Blackpool, under new manager Colin Hendry, face the short journey to Crewe Alexandra.
There are several local derby games that have been thrown up including Yeovil Town v Plymouth Argyle, Oxford Utd v Reading, Bury v Burnley and West Ham Utd v Southend Utd.
The matches are one-leg only, with all ties to be decided on the night and will be played week commencing 23 August 2004.