Can Norwich City rediscover the magic of the FA Cup?

Action from Norwich City's 1-1 draw with Sheffield United in the 1959 FA Cup sixth round tie at Bram

Action from Norwich City's 1-1 draw with Sheffield United in the 1959 FA Cup sixth round tie at Bramall Lane, the year the Canaries made it to the semi-finals as a Division Three side.

As Norwich City learn Manchester City are their FA Cup opponents, we look back at City's recent highs and lows in the competition.

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Norwich City will host big-spending Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup, making the Canaries' hopes of improving their awful recent record in the world's oldest cup competition rather slim.

City have failed to make it beyond the third round in 15 of the last 20 years and have reached the fifth round on just three occasions during that time.

It has been even less enjoyable in the past eight seasons, when the club has been on the wrong end of FA Cup giant-killings no less than five times.

Losing 2-0 at lower-level Preston last season proved to be the final match of Neil Adams' reign as City boss, such was the disappointment of being beaten by a League One side.


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In 2013 it was Luton, then in non-league, who knocked Chris Hughton's top-flight Norwich team out of the competition with a 1-0 win at Carrow Road.

Leicester, Leyton Orient and Bury have all taken the same yellow and green scalp in that period, so you could say the magic of the cup has rather worn off in Norfolk.

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The famous excitement of a run in the FA Cup has graced these parts before though.

City's team of 1959 famously made it all the way to the semi-finals as a Division Three side, beating Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United en route, before losing to Luton in a replay in the last-four.

The club also made it to the sixth round in 1983 and the semi-finals in 1989 and 1992 – but have never made it all the way to the showpiece final.

Alex Neil inspired the Canaries to end a 30-year wait for a Wembley final last season, when Middlesbrough were beaten in the Championship play-off final, and is now the man who must decide where the competition sits in his squad's priorities.

Wigan and Portsmouth have both won the final in the past decade, can that feat be matched by Norwich – to finally stop Ipswich fans crowing about their 1978 triumph – or will the league once again prove too important?

With the mixed start to the Premier League season, many supporters will feel they know the answer to that question already.

•Can Norwich pull off a surprise results against Manchester City? Should they even be worrying about the FA Cup? You can leave your thoughts below.

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