The first of the new fixtures for the 2014-15 season were released yesterday and it has already served up a few juicy ties. The one which stands out is MK Dons playing AFC Wimbledon who, despite being miles apart, are fierce rivals.
They faced off against one another two seasons ago in the FA Cup seeing MK Dons run out 2-1 winners and they will meet again with MK Dons still big favourites but the tie is still a special event.
The meeting will be only the second time since 2002 when AFC Wimbledon formed following a controversial move that took then named Wimbledon FC from their London home up to Milton Keynes and rebranding themselves in the process.
The London club, who play out of Kingstonians' ground, are more likely to hold more of a grudge than those who follow the MK Dons and as such hold the game in greater esteem. Nonetheless the game is one of those iconic battles of the fans winning over the money.
Many football fans would love to see the 'fans club' now managed by former Wimbledon man Neal Ardley beat MK Dons. If they can do so it would perhaps bring to an end the battle to overtake the club they blame for their own demise. Regardless of what happens, it will be a game with a lot of interest and, judging on the previous meeting, one that will provide plenty of excitement.
Elsewhere in the cup Watford face local side Stevenage for the first time in years, which promises to be a full house. The FA deserve credit for attempting to keep ties local and splitting them between north and south. By making them local derbies crowds can only benefit and the competition will increase in stature as a result.
Many clubs have had great seasons based on cup runs and indeed Sunderland fought of relegation building on the great run they had last year loosing in the final.
The League Cup still has the ability to offer exciting football and with fixtures like AFC Wimbledon versus MK Dons we can look forward to many more years of entertaining the public.
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