18/19 Games/Goals: 49/15
Whisper is quietly in Lancashire, but Stanley’s Scouse winger Sean McConville is actually pretty blooming good.
Part of John Coleman’s side since the 2015/16 season, only Marcus Maddison, Christian Erikssen, Graham Carey and Bradley Dack have been involved in more goals across England’s top four tiers - McConville scoring 37 goals and assisting a further 40 - which really is quite an impressive statistic by anyone’s standard.
He also managed to score a lovely header in pre-season in their shock win over French giants Olympic Marseille, which you can watch below.
18/19 Games/Goals: 30/21
The 22-year-old signed in the summer for Accrington Stanley after a phenomenal season with National League North side Leamington, where he scored over a third of his side’s goals for the season.
Bishop was part of Notts County’s reserve side as a teenager, but struggled to break into Paul Hart’s plans and ended up dropping down into non-league football, firstly for Worcester City and then Boston United. After struggling at Boston, he combined his playing career with his school work before his stand out season last term.
Desperate to take his second chance at professional football, Bishop will be hoping to notch against one of League One’s big boys.
18/19 Games/Goals: 44/14
The Jewel of Accrington has been missing from the Wham Stadium in the first few weeks of this season amid personal issues, but could potentially make his return in tonight’s first round tie. After all, the League Cup is now all about building up the fitness of those who didn’t get much of a pre-season and “playing the young ‘uns” innit?
Born in the little village of Quorn, the burly striker has rather disappointingly never played for everyone’s favourite vegan League Two club Forest Green Rovers, but has been finding the net in the third and fourth tier for over a decade and will definitely be Stanley’s biggest threat if he plays this evening.