Carling Cup first-round draw pairs Forest and County

Birmingham celebrate Carling Cup success
Birmingham are the reigning Carling Cup holders

Nottingham Forest have been paired with local rivals Notts County in the draw for the first round of the Carling Cup.

Last season's relegated Premier League sides Blackpool and West Ham face Sheffield Wednesday and Aldershot respectively, though 2011 winners Birmingham have a bye.

Leeds take on Bradford in another derby, while two promoted sides Stevenage and Peterborough are paired.

Crawley Town and AFC Wimbledon face each other in a preliminary round tie.

The Football League's two newest clubs will meet at Crawley's Broadfield Stadium on Friday, 29 July for a place in the first round proper.

The preliminary round is necessary as holders Birmingham were relegated from the Premier League.

But because of their Europa League commitments they will not start their Cup defence until round three.

The Carling Cup therefore requires one club fewer in the first round, so the two clubs placed lowest in the domestic league system last season will meet in the one-off game.

Carling Cup first-round draw

Rochdale v Chesterfield

Port Vale v Huddersfield Town

Rotherham United v Leicester City

Hull City v Macclesfield Town

Hartlepool United v Sheffield United

Leeds United v Bradford City

Doncaster Rovers v Tranmere Rovers

Walsall v Middlesbrough

Barnsley v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Scunthorpe United

Derby County v Shrewsbury Town

Oldham Athletic v Carlisle United

Bury v Coventry City

Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool

Burnley v Burton Albion

Preston North End v Crewe Alexandra

Nottingham Forest v Notts County

Brighton & Hove Albion v Gillingham

AFC Bournemouth v Dagenham & Redbridge

Ipswich Town v Northampton Town

Cheltenham Town v Milton Keynes Dons

Bristol Rovers v Watford

Plymouth Argyle v Millwall

Oxford United v Cardiff City

West Ham United v Aldershot Town

Southampton v Torquay United

Charlton Athletic v Reading

Portsmouth v Barnet

Stevenage v Peterborough United

Southend United v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Colchester United

Hereford United v Brentford

Exeter City v Yeovil Town

Bristol City v Swindon Town

Crystal Palace v Crawley Town/AFC Wimbledon

Ties will be played during the week commencing 8th August 2011.

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