Posh cup clash awaits Town

IPSWICH have been paired with Peterborough in the first round of next season's Carling Cup.The game, which will take place on Tuesday, August 22 at London Road, will represent Town boss Jim Magilton's first cup-tie in charge.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH have been paired with Peterborough in the first round of next season's Carling Cup.

The game, which will take place on Tuesday, August 22 at London Road, will represent Town boss Jim Magilton's first cup-tie in charge.

The opponents for his first competitive game as Ipswich boss will be revealed today when The Football League publishes its fixtures for the 2006-2007 campaign, which gets under way on August 5.


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It will also be new Peterborough manager Keith Alexander's first cup-tie in charge after his recent appointment following his departure from League Two rivals Lincoln.

Town have played pre-season games at London Road in recent years but the Carling Cup clash will be their first visit for a competitive fixture since 1972, when goals by Colin Viljoen and Mick Hill secured a 2-0 win.

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The clubs have met on three previous occasions, all FA Cup-ties, with Peterborough still a non-league outfit when they sent Town crashing out of the competition in both the 1955-56 and 1959-60 seasons.

It may represent a potential banana skin, but the 90-mile journey should at least ensure there will be a sizeable contingent of Ipswich fans in attendance. Norwich, in contrast, must travel to Torquay, who are now managed by ex-Ipswich skipper Ian Atkins, and that journey is only likely to appeal to the most ardent of Canary supporters.

Championship new-boys Colchester and Southend must also travel, to MK Dons and Bournemouth respectively.

First-round draw

Chesterfield v Wolves, Stoke v Darlington, Port Vale v Preston, Burnley v Hartlepool, Sheffield Wednesday v Wrexham, Bury v Sunderland, Hull v Tranmere, Blackpool v Barnsley, Huddersfield v Mansfield, Carlisle v Bradford, Rotherham v Oldham, Scunthorpe v Lincoln, Accrington Stanley v Nottingham Forest, Grimsby v Crewe, Leeds v Chester, Doncaster v Rochdale, Stockport v Derby, Leicester v Macclesfield, Cardiff v Barnet, MK Dons v Colchester, Swindon v Brentford, Crystal Palace v Notts County, Hereford v Coventry, Swansea v Wycombe, Peterborough v Ipswich, Bournemouth v Southend, Brighton v Boston, Cheltenham v Bristol City, Millwall v Gillingham, Southampton v Yeovil, Birmingham v Shrewsbury, Plymouth v Walsall, Bristol Rovers v Luton, QPR v Northampton, Torquay v Norwich and Leyton Orient v West Brom.

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