City have this evening been drawn against Exeter away in the second round of the League Cup.
Now named the EFL Cup and evidently not regionalised at this stage, last season it gave us a hugely enjoyable trip to Accrington Stanley; this mammoth midweek trip is unlikely to see a repeat of the fun or quantity of City fans in attendance – though barring a similar draw in the FA Cup, it’ll be the only time this season we’ll have a terrace to stand on.
It’s our first trip to St James’ Park since a demoralising 3-1 defeat in August 2002, a match City led before Lee Sharpe (yes, him) levelled for the Grecians and everything went horribly awry when Greg Strong was sent off before half-time.
Exeter lost their opening game of this season 2-0 to Blackpool on Saturday before impressively overcoming Championship Brentford in the first round of this competition yesterday. They finished a doughty 14th in last season’s League Two.
The tie will be played on the week commencing Monday 22nd August, just days after the lengthy Premier League trip to Swansea. Ouch.