Cobblers In the Cup

Last updated : 22 June 2016 By Rob Miles (BarnsleyBoy)

Barnsley will be at home in the first round of the newly branded EFL Cup (formerly known as the League Cup)

The Reds will take on Northampton Town who were League Two champions last season accumulating 99 points but lost their title-winning manager Chris Wilder to Barnsley’s neighbours Sheffield United this summer.

The Reds have only been eliminated from this competition in the first round four times in the last 10 years but eight of their last 13 exits have come at home including each of the past three years.

Northampton meanwhile have progressed past the first round in five of the past six seasons.

The Cobblers have an impressive record against Barnsley too having won 13 of the 23 meetings, the last of which was 12 years ago.

They have never met in this competition but have faced off three times in the FA Cup, with Northampton winning all three – 3-1 in 1925, 3-1 in 1951 and 1-0 in 2004.