Colchester United face a tough task in the Carabao Cup after being paired with Sky Bet Championship outfit Birmingham City in the first round of the competition.
The U’s reached the quarter-final back in 2018/19 season, knocking out Premier League Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur – both on penalties – before succumbing by three unanswered goals against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Birmingham won the League Cup in 1963 and more recently, 2011. Colchester will head to St Andrew’s on the week of August 9 – the tie concluded on the night.
Colchester also know their opponents at the group stage of the Papa John’s Trophy. Hayden Mullis’ men will take on Gillingham, Ipswich Town and West Ham United’s under 21’s – dates and kick-off times to be confirmed.