Imps get Leeds in Carling Cup

Lincoln City have been drawn away to Leeds United in the first round of next season’s Carling Cup.

The tough trip to Elland Road could see the Imps play against last season’s star man Davide Somma, who returned to Leeds in the summer after a sparkling loan spell at Sincil Bank.

The famous statue of Billy Bremner will greet travelling Lincoln fans as they make their way to Elland Road for the first time in nearly 40 years. Photo: Chris Robert Shaw

Somma scored nine goals in 14 league appearances at the back end of the 2009-10 season and was pinpointed by Imps manager Chris Sutton as one of the main reasons the club stayed in the Football League.

Leeds will provide a stern test for Sutton’s side. Simon Grayson guided the club to a much-awaited promotion from League One last season and the Whites will be looking to at least consolidate their Championship status this season.

Despite losing prolific frontman Jermaine Beckford to Everton, Leeds have strengthened their squad with the signings of Billy Paynter from Swindon, Paul Connolly from Derby County, and the highly rated goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from Notts County.

The Imps haven’t met Leeds since the 1960/61 season in the old Second Division. Travelling Imps will be hoping for a better result this time than that day, when Leeds smashed an already relegated Lincoln City 7-0.

The match will take place in the week commencing the 9th August 2010.

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