The 2007-2008 season got underway with the draw for the Carling Cup First Round Draw.
Barnsley were the 10th game drawn and will face League Two Darlington at Oakwell.
In the past two seasons Barnsley have drawn 2-2 in the first round before winning through on penalties where they have then been eliminated in the Second Round.
The Reds have also not progressed past the 2nd Round since 2002 where they were eliminated by Newcastle in the 3rd Round.
Last time we failed to get past the 1st Round was in 2003 after a home defeat by Blackpool.
Facing Darlington poses a good omen for The Reds.
The last four meeting between the two sides have been in cup competitions, 3 of them in the League Cup.
They met in the First Round in 1994-1995 when after a 2-2 at Darlington and a 0-0 draw at Oakwell, The Reds went through on the away goals rule.
They again met in the First Round in 2004-2005 when Barnsley triumphed 2-0 at Darlington.
The most recent meeting was in the FA Cup First Round in 2005-2006 when Barnsley won 1-0 at Oakwell.
Overall in 10 cup meetings between Barnsley and Darlington, Barnsley are undefeated and the time the two teams were drawn together at Oakwell in the League Cup, Barnsley won 6-2! in 1963.
But the bad news is that Darlington are now managed by David Penney, who has Doncaster manager masterminded 5 successive wins over Barnsley in just 2 seasons including a 5-2 mauling at Oakwell in the LDV Trophy!
Also ex Reds striker Tommy Wright now plies his trade at Darlington.
The game will take place in the week commencing 13th August 2007.
Barnsley League Cup History:
Darlington League Cup History:
Full Carling Cup First Round Draw 2007-2008:
Wolves v Bradford
Grimsby v Burnley
Rochdale v Stoke
Scunthorpe v Hartlepool
Port Vale v Wrexham
Crewe v Hull
Chester v Nottingham Forest
Sheffield United v Chesterfield
Rotherham v Sheffield Wednesday
Barnsley v Darlington
Bury v Carlisle
Doncaster v Lincoln
Preston v Morecambe
Stockport v Tranmere
Accrington Stanley v Leicester
Macclesfield v Leeds
Oldham v Mansfield
Blackpool v Huddersfield
Watford v Gillingham
Swindon v Charlton
MK Dons v Ipswich
Southend v Cheltenham
Norwich v Barnet
Shrewsbury v Colchester
Cardiff v Brighton
Swansea v Walsall
Brentford v Bristol City
Bristol Rovers v Crystal Palace
West Brom v Bournemouth
Peterborough v Southampton
Hereford v Yeovil
QPR v Leyton Orient
Northampton v Millwall
Dagenham & Redbridge v Luton
Plymouth v Wycombe
Coventry v Notts County
Ties to be played week commencing 13 August