WANDERERS will have one eye out for Rooney at the UniBol tomorrow.

John Rooney – younger brother of ex-Manchester United and England star Wayne – will be one of the dangermen for Stockport County as they look to cause an upset in the FA Cup first round.

The Whites often struggled to contain Rooney Snr, who scored two hat-tricks against the Whites in his playing days in the Premier League.

But they will have an inside track on Sunday, with Ian Evatt well acquainted with the 30-year-old from their time at Barrow.

Rooney scored 27 times in 83 appearances in his time at Holker Street and has upped his scoring rate since switching to Stockport, with 21 in 53 games.

Evatt – who will also come across another former Barrow charge in Scott Quigley – says his defence will have to be on their game.

“I can’t speak highly enough of John Rooney,” he said. “He was my captain at Barrow and was exceptional in the two years I had him. He’s a very talented footballer, no doubt about it.

“His goal record is second to none, especially in that division. So we know what he will bring.

“Quigs was exceptional for me in the promotion season and has gone on to have success in the Football League and got himself a good move to Stockport.

“They have some very good players and we know what we are coming up against, so we will have to be ready for it.”

Stockport played in the second tier for five seasons in the 1990s and also reached the League Cup semi-finals before financial issues forced them to drop out of the Football League a decade ago.

The Hatters enjoyed a few big games with Bolton at the turn of the millennium in the same division and – in Evatt’s opinion – are non-league in name only.

“They are, 100 percent,” he said. “Then you add to that the 5,000 fans they will have on the day it will be a challenging tie, as difficult as we could have drawn outside of the Football League.

“We are looking forward to it but we know if we play to our levels then we should win the game. It will be challenging but we have good players too and we need to carry on that belief we showed on Tuesday night.”