FA Cup giant-killers Sutton United to host Norwich City in pre-season

Dale Gordon on the attack during Norwich City's 8-0 thrashing of Sutton in 1989. Picture: Archant li

Dale Gordon on the attack during Norwich City's 8-0 thrashing of Sutton in 1989. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

Norwich City have announced an additional friendly to their pre-season schedule, against National League side Sutton United.

Sutton made national headlines last year when they reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, beating Leeds 1-0 on their artificial 3G pitch at Gander Green Lane in the fourth round, before being beaten 2-0 by Arsenal in the fifth.

The south London side will host a Canaries select XI on Friday, July 28 (7.45pm kick-off), the night before City's final friendly ahead of the new season, against Premier League new boys Brighton at Carrow Road.

Sutton finished 12th in the National League last season with their pitch at the Kinghts Community Stadium, as it is officially known, having Fifa's highest rating for an artificial pitch.

Norwich recorded one of their biggest ever competitive victories in a match against Sutton in 1989, an 8-0 thrashing of the non-league side in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Carrow Road in January 1989.

Trevor Putney opened the scoring ahead of Malcolm Allen scoring four and Robert Fleck three.

More: 'After 13 minutes, Norwich's fans were getting twitchy': Memories of THAT 8-0 win as Sutton Utd

City's pre-season schedule kicks off with a five-day training camp in Ireland, starting on Monday, July 3 and including a friendly against local team Cobh Ramblers on Wednesday, July 5 (7.30pm).

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Daniel Farke's team will then return home for a friendly at Lowestoft Town on Saturday, July 8 (3pm), which is a testimonial for Trawlerboys legend Micky Chapman.

A friendly away to Stevenage follows on Tuesday, July 11 (7.45) and another League Two side, Cambridge United, in a 180-minute friendly on Saturday, July 15 (2pm).

A trip to League One side Charlton awaits on Tuesday, July 25 (7.45pm), ahead of the game against Sutton on July 28 and the final friendly against Brighton on Saturday, July 29.

The Championship season is then due to start the following weekend.