Wimbledon braced to face Dons
A look ahead to Tuesday night's action in the Capital One Cup, including AFC Wimbledon's clash with MK Dons.
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MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon clash on Tuesday in what is sure to be an emotionally charged first-round tie in the Capital One Cup.
It is one of the newest rivalries in English football but also one of the most bitter. AFC Wimbledon were formed in 2002 when the old Wimbledon FC announced plans to relocate 50 miles north of their south-west London home to the Buckinghamshire town of Milton Keynes.
The move happened the following year and Wimbledon's name was changed to MK Dons in 2004.
Angry Wimbledon FC fans vowed to save their club's history and started from scratch with the newly-formed club in the Combined Counties League. Five promotions later in 2011 they were in the Football League.
In December 2012, the two clubs met for the first time in a FA Cup second-round tie at stadium:mk in Milton Keynes. On that occasion, MK Dons, then as now in League One, won a bad-tempered game 2-1 courtesy of a Jon Otsemobor goal deep into injury time.
More than 20 months on the bad blood remains, with AFC Wimbledon reacting to the Capital One Cup draw in June by stating on their official website that "this is a fixture we have played before and while we approach it with no more appetite than the previous game, the club will, of course, fulfil the fixture in a professional way".
The significance of the fixture, to be played in Milton Keynes, is not lost on MK Dons manager Karl Robinson.
He told his club's official website: "I understand what it means to both sets of fans and I'm looking forward to the tie.
"I know there will be hype around the game, but we'll be treating it as any other and, of course, we'll be looking to progress.
"The way both clubs conducted themselves two years ago was commendable to my knowledge and I hope it will be the same again this time around."
Robinson's counterpart at AFC Wimbledon, Neal Ardley, said: "We'll be doing absolutely everything we can to put a smile on our fans' faces."
Newly-promoted Cambridge feature in the competition for the first time since 2004, and will face 2011 winners Birmingham at St Andrew's.
The U's marked their return to the Football League at the weekend with a 1-0 home win over Plymouth. Josh Coulson scored the goal but the long-serving defender has had little time to bask in the glory, immediately turning his attentions to the Blues.
"It's nine years since we've been in the league, so to score the first goal back in the league means quite a lot to me," Coulson told the Cambridge News.
"The boys are buzzing as we got the three points and we're off to a flying start, but we'll be back on the training pitch and working for Birmingham away."
Other noteworthy ties see Luton, League Cup winners in 1988 and promoted back to the Football League last season along with Cambridge, host Swindon, who lifted the trophy in 1969.
Last season's League One champions Wolves - League Cup winners in 1974 and 1980 - will face Northampton at Molineux, and League Two champions Chesterfield host Huddersfield, who sacked manager Mark Robins after beginning their Championship campaign with a 4-0 home defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Four-time winners Nottingham Forest travel to Tranmere while Leeds host Accrington and Blackpool travel to Shrewsbury.
Elsewhere, it is Burton v Wigan, Crawley v Ipswich, Oldham v Middlesbrough, Rotherham v Fleetwood and Sheffield Wednesday v Notts County, while a couple of derby clashes see Rochdale host Preston and Doncaster travel to York.
The first round concludes on Wednesday night when Cardiff face Coventry at Northampton's Sixfields stadium and Sheffield United host Mansfield.