Date: 25th August 2010 at 3:52pm
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GROWING up in the Bolton Wanderers youth team, Newcastle United captain Kevin Nolan often played at Accrington Stanley’s Crown Ground, and knows exactly what to expect.

The Toon Skipper has been named in Chris Hughton’s side to travel down to East Lancashire, but is highly unlikely to feature in the game and should remain amongst the substitutes for the duration, but he is no stranger to Accrington.

Nolan has warned the Newcastle youngsters about the game tonight, saying that it won’t be an easy game, but that he still expects them to carry their side through the tie and into the Third Round of the Carling Cup.

And to add to the occasion, Nolan’s dad is good mates with Stanley’s magnificent management duo – John Coleman and Jimmy Bell – as he used to play Sunday morning football with the pair back in their home city of Liverpool.

‘My dad knows them – he’s played football against them (Coleman and Bell)’ Nolan told the Shields Gazette.

‘There are a lot of Scouse lads there (at Accrington), and it’s going to be like playing back home.

‘It’s going to be a tough place to go, especially if that wind’s up! That’s the beauty of the cup. You’ve got to respect them.

‘We used to play our youth team games there at Bolton, and it wasn’t nice sometimes when that wind was blowing a gale. We used to get a few tonkings when we went there with Bolton.

‘We were a really young side in the Under-19 league. Hopefully, we won’t be getting a tonking, we’ll be giving one!

‘The dressing room’s not that big, to be honest. It’ll probably be a bit better as they’ve moved up the leagues from when I last played there.

‘We’ve got to put all of that to the back of our minds – it’s all about doing the business on the pitch.’

The game kicks off at 7:45pm tonight and will be shown live on Sky Sports 3 from 7:30pm if you cannot make it down to the Crown Ground.

And if you can’t get down, then why not follow Vital Stanley’s live Twitter updates from the game. We will be starting our broadcast at around 7:45pm (basically as soon as I have got to my seat and eaten my pie!).

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