Long before Game of Thrones bumped off your favourite character in the season finale, cup draws were often the best way of building you up buttercup just to let you down – if it wasn’t Darlington or Yeovil Town on the road, it was Notts County or Hastings United indoors. And the early stages of the League Cup don’t exactly brim with star potential…
But this one isn’t a bad ‘un, all things considered.
Ipswich Town will be our opponents in the first round of the Capital One Cup; the Tractor Boys being only one of two sides that we’ve ever managed to beat in the nation’s second-most prestigious cup competition – a two-goal victory at the start of a season we ended up rock bottom of League One. And Jordan Burrow scored. How about that, eh?
This time, however, is going to be a bit different.
Portman Road, for a start, is a brand new ground for us Boro’ supporters to visit. And under Mick McCarthy, Suffolk’s finest have come back strong – although won’t mention that bitter rivals Norwich City dumped them out of the 2014-5 Championship playoffs as the Canaries surged towards their own personal Premier League return.
In fact, Ipswich are the second-highest ranked team in our section of the draw – if we go by last season’s placings, that is. The potential for a cupset, then, is probably so low you can’t get under it and our odds longer than a piece of string, but – two months out – the new season and new era is now being mapped out and that’s gotta be worth something.
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