Date: 11th August 2009 at 6:42pm
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CARLING Cup football is back in East Lancashire this evening when League One side Walsall visit the Crown Ground to face Accrington Stanley.

Accrington Stanley vs Walsall
Carling Cup Round One
The Crown Ground, Accrington
Tuesday 11th August 2009; Kick Off – 7:45pm


The Reds will be without Peter Cavanagh who has been suspended from all football related activities for eight months after being found guilty of illegally betting on Accrington Stanley to lose in a game against Bury in 2008.

Midfielder Andrew Procter has been installed as the new club captain and is set to make his first appearance of the season after missing out on Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away at Rotherham United through suspension, a game which was lost in the 89th minutes.

The decision comes as a shock, with many expecting long serving Paul Mullin to be given the nod as he was previously vice captain and was given the armband at Rotherham, but news today is that Procter has taken over.

Midfielder John Miles has now taken over as Vice Captain and manager John Coleman said speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph: “Andy has got a good personality about the dressing room. He has to be an extension of me and Jimmy (Bell) on the pitch.

“I think both him and John Miles have got enough responsibility about them to carry that out.”

Summer signing Michael Symes could be handed his first start after coming from the bench on Saturday’s League opener, and could replace Leicester City’s on loan youngster Billy Kee.

Walsall’s side will include former Burnley winger Steve Jones, who knows Accrington Stanley very well through various factors including Pre-Season games with the Clarets and a number of Reserve games played at The Crown Ground with the new Premier League side.

Stephen Roberts could make his first appearance in 2009 for the Saddlers after missing out through knee and back injuries, but Netan Sansara remains Walsall’s only absentee, missing out through injury.

The game this evening is the first cup meeting between John Coleman’s and Chris Hutching’s teams after previous league games, which both ended with a Walsall win.

Stanley have not passed the First Round of the competition since 2006 where a Paul Mullin goal helped see off Colin Calderwood’s Nottingham Forest at The Crown Ground.