"A FABULOUS draw for Chester City Football Club," was how City chairman Stephen Vaughan welcomed the news of the club's glamour first round tie against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Following yesterday's draw, the club have been inundated with calls from supporters asking for details about the game, which is likely to be played on Tuesday August 24 with an 8pm kick off.
Vaughan said: "The club is buzzing at the moment as our return to Football League action gets nearer, now this mouth watering game has heightened our desire, if that was at all possible, to get started.
"It's this type of match that makes Cup games exciting, and if Sunderland underestimate us, they will do so at their peril."
Vaughan added: "It will also be a great opportunity to assess our squad in a keenly fought competitive game, against one of, if not the best side in the Coca-Cola League."
Next month's game will be Chester's second visit to the Stadium of Light, having met Sunderland six years ago in the same competition, losing 3-0 in the north east and 1-0 at the Deva Stadium.
Nowadays league cup games are one-off affairs that are finished on the night.
Meanwhile, Chester have offered professional terms to 18-year-old Welsh Under-19 international Matt Cook.
Chester are also being linked with Bradford midfielder Tom Kearney, who started his career with Everton.