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17 June 2014

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Brighton & Hove Albion will play Cheltenham Town at the Amex in this season's Capital One Cup first round - and juniors can see the game for just £1 thanks to a new joint initiative from the League and the competition's sponsor. 

The tie - which will be Sami Hyypia's second competitive fixture as Albion boss, following the Championship opener on 9th August - will take place during the week commencing 11th August. 

Two first-round ties will be selected for live broadcast by Sky Sports on Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th August, both kicking off at 7.45pm. The four selected clubs will be contacted once ties have been selected. 

Date, kick-off time and ticket information for the tie, including all adult and senior prices, will be confirmed in due course, following discussions between the two clubs. 

Junior tickets will be priced at £1 thanks to a great new Football League pricing initiative for all Capital One Cup first-round ties. 

The credit card provider has teamed up with all 72 Football League clubs to launch a great offer, and adult fans can buy up to five children's tickets for just £1 each for any of the first-round matches.

Jaidev Janardana, chief marketing officer at Capital One, said, "We wanted to make round one as family friendly as possible and we hope our great offer will encourage parents across the UK to treat the whole family to a host of great games, and, no-doubt, goals galore."

Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey added, "It's great that Capital One and our clubs, are doing their utmost to attract young fans and help people enjoy round one of the competition - for many kids this could be their first-ever football game."

Information on how to redeem the above offer will be announced in due course, along with full ticket details. 
The early stages of the League Cup are renowned for throwing up their fair share of shock results - and Albion are no exception. 

They have lost to basement clubs Newport County and Shrewsbury Town while in the Championship in the past decade; but also triumphed over Premier League opponents in the shape of Sunderland, Manchester City and Leicester City over the last 20 years. 

The penalty-shoot-out win over Manchester City at Withdean was arguably Albion's best-ever result in the competition's history - when Michel Kuipers saved Michael Ball's penalty to clinch a historic giant killing. 

Premier League clubs - and Fulham and Norwich City - enter the competition in round two, except for those involved in either the Champions League or Europa League, who join at the third-round stage. 

Meanwhile Albion fans have less than 24 hours to wait for the Championship fixtures. The full Football League schedule for the 2014/15 season will be announced at 9am and full details of Albion's matches will be available on the club website, Facebook page and twitter feed. 

Capital One Cup
Round 1
Oldham Athletic v Middlesbrough
Shrewsbury Town v Blackpool
Sheffield Wednesday v Notts County
Tranmere Rovers v Nottingham Forest
Leeds United v Accrington Stanley
Bolton Wanderers v Bury
Rochdale v Preston North End
Rotherham United v Fleetwood Town
Carlisle United v Derby County
Port Vale v Hartlepool United
Morecambe v Bradford City
Barnsley v Crewe Alexandra
Chesterfield v Huddersfield Town
Blackburn Rovers v Scunthorpe United
Burton Albion v Wigan Athletic
York City v Doncaster Rovers
Sheffield United v Mansfield Town
Reading v Newport County
Bristol City v Oxford United
Brighton & Hove Albion v Cheltenham Town
Coventry City v Cardiff City
Luton Town v Swindon Town
Dagenham & Redbridge v Brentford
Charlton Athletic v Colchester United
Crawley Town v Ipswich Town
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Northampton Town
Yeovil Town v Gillingham
Milton Keynes Dons v AFC Wimbledon
Exeter City v AFC Bournemouth
Stevenage v Watford
Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient
Birmingham City v Cambridge Untied
Portsmouth v Peterborough United
Millwall v Wycombe Wanderers
Southend United v Walsall
Ties to be played week commencing 11th August 2014.

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