The road to Wembley starts at Newport…

Tuesday, 18 August 2020, 19:32
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The Swans will face a Welsh derby to open their campaign in this season’s Carabao Cup thanks to today’s draw that saw them handed a trip along the M4 to face Newport in the First Round of the competition.

Around a date when traditionally the first round is usually being played, the Swans only found out their opponents today with the fixtures taking place the weekend of 5th September, the week before the EFL season starts once again.

As with previous seasons the first round draw has been split into North and South sections with all sides outside of the Premier League included bar Bournemouth and Watford who were relegated from the top division last season.

The Swans last faced Newport in a competitive fixture in November 2006 when we won 3-1 away in the FA Cup although the Under-21s have played them in recent seasons in the EFL trophy.

The game could be bought forward ahead of the international break if both sides can agree a mutual date to play.

The full draw for the first round reads as follows

Northern section

  • Tranmere v Harrogate Town
  • Crewe Alexandra v Lincoln City
  • Walsall v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Rochdale v Huddersfield Town
  • Preston North End v Mansfield Town
  • Bolton Wanderers v Bradford City
  • Blackburn Rovers v Doncaster Rovers
  • Stoke City v Blackpool
  • Fleetwood Town v Wigan Athletic
  • Grimsby Town v Morecambe
  • Middlesbrough v Shrewsbury Town
  • Derby County v Barrow
  • Scunthorpe United v Port Vale
  • Sunderland v Hull City
  • Burton Albion v Accrington Stanley
  • Salford City v Rotherham United
  • Barnsley v Nottingham Forest
  • Oldham Athletic v Carlisle United

Southern section

  • Bristol City v Exeter City
  • Plymouth Argyle v Queens Park Rangers
  • Swindon Town v Charlton Athletic
  • Forest Green Rovers v Leyton Orient
  • MK Dons v Coventry City
  • Crawley Town v Millwall
  • Stevenage v Portsmouth
  • Peterborough United v Cheltenham Town
  • Brentford v Wycombe Wanderers
  • Northampton Town v Cardiff City
  • Luton Town v Norwich City
  • Birmingham City v Cambridge United
  • Newport County v Swansea City
  • Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon
  • Reading v Colchester United
  • Gillingham v Southend United
  • Ipswich Town v Bristol Rovers
Images courtesy of Getty Images, Athena Picture Agency and Swansea City Football Club.

Phil Sumbler

Been watching the Swans since the very late 1970s and running the Planet Swans website (in all its current and previous guises since the summer of 2001 As it stood was right at the forefront of some of the activity against Tony Petty back in 2001, breaking many of the stories of the day as fans stood against the actions where the local media failed. Was involved with the Swans Supporters Trust from 2005, for the large part as Chairman before standing down in the summer of 2020.

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