City have been drawn at home to Fourth Division side Macclesfield in the First Round of the 2011/12 League Cup.
The Tigers’ lowliest league finish since 2006/7 means that City must play their first game in the competition’s opening round since a 3-0 win at Crewe four years ago, a match memorable only for Stephen McPhee scoring an actual goal and Matt Duke having perhaps his finest game in City colours.
City haven’t met the Silkmen since handing them a 4-0 cuffing in the FA Cup in 2004, and despite them being a comparatively recent addition to the Football League this is our second encounter with them in this tournament – in 1997 City beat them 2-1 on aggregate in their first ever appearance in the competition.
The League Cup is a notorious source of disappointment for the Tigers – once twice since its inauguration in 1960 have City reached the fourth round. This draw means the tournament has once again lived down to expectations, being perhaps the single most unexciting fixture possible, and there’s a chance it’ll threaten the all-time lowest crowd at the Circle too.
The game will be played on the week commencing Monday 8th August.
The week’s excitement, if that’s what a computer producing a randomly-generated list of words can be called, finishes with the 2011/12 Championship fixtures being released tomorrow at 9am.