From the archive: Little magic of the cup in recent history of Norwich City

Norwich City against Manchester United in the FA Cup third round at Carrow Road in January 1959. Pic

Norwich City against Manchester United in the FA Cup third round at Carrow Road in January 1959. Picture: Archant library

Ahead of this evening's FA Cup third round draw we've taken a look back at some of the Canaries' highs and lows in third round ties.

The draw is due to be broadcast live on BBC Two and BT Sport from 7.10pm, ahead of Lincoln City v Oldham Athletic, with Norwich allocated ball number 28 for the draw.

For full details of the draw, visit later this evening.


1935 – Norwich City 2 Bath City 0 – The Nest

City's first ever third round victory came during the club's final season at The Nest before moving to Carrow Road. Following promotion to Division Two as champions of Division Three South in 1934, the Canaries were entering the competition at the third round stage for the first time, having been beaten at that stage four times previously. Tom Parker's team beat their Western League opponents thanks to goals from Alf Kirchen and Jack Vinall. After beating top-flight Leeds 2-1 in an away replay in the next round, City lost 1-0 at home to another First Division side in the fifth round, Sheffield Wednesday, who went on to lift the cup.

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1937 – Norwich City 3 Liverpool 0 – Carrow Road

Frank Manders' brace led the Canaries to their first taste of giant-killing in the third round, having also shocked the Reds in a 3-2 win at Anfield in the second round as a Southern League side in 1909. Jack Scott scored the other goal but top-flight Bolton Wanderers knocked City out in the next round.

1951 – Norwich City 3 Liverpool 1 – Carrow Road

Over 34,000 people packed into Carrow Road to see the likes of Ken Nethercott and Ron Ashman take on the previous season's beaten finalists. Two goals from Tom Docherty and another from Les Eyre were enough to beat the top-flight Reds for the Division Three South side, managed by Norman Low – securing another famous victory. City went on to win 2-0 at Newport County in the next round before losing 3-1 at Sunderland in the fifth round.

1959 – Norwich City 3 Man Utd 0 – Carrow Road

Among the most famous victories in the Canaries' history, when the 'Busby Babes' of the First Division were beaten by Archie McAuley's Division Three side in front of 38,000 at a snow-covered Carrow Road.United arrived on the back of eight consecutive league victories but two goals from Terry Bly, sandwiching an Errol Crossan header, prompted the famous Pink 'Un headline 'Bly, Bly Babes'. City went on to reach the semi-finals for the first time.

1963 – Blackpool 1 Norwich City 3 – Bloomfield Road

Postponed 11 times due to bad winter and eventually played in March. After a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road, Division Two City beat the top-flight Tangerines in the replay thanks to goals from Gerry Mannion, Jim Oliver and Bill Punton. The Canaries also beat First Division sides when they were in the second tier in 1968 and 1982, winning 1-0 at Sunderland and Stoke respectively.

2007 – Tamworth 1 Norwich City 4 – Bloomfield Road

Enjoyable third round experiences have been rare in the past 20 years for City, with a 0-0 draw against Chelsea at Carrow Road in 2002 – thanks to an inspired performance from Blues keeper Carlo Cudicini – one of the most memorable, although a 4-0 thrashing followed in the replay. The Canaries have lost 14 of their third round games in the past two decades, four in replays. Five victories have come against teams at lower or equivalent levels and in 2010 City were knocked out in the second round. Non-league Tamworth were beaten on TV in 2007 thanks to braces from Dion Dublin and Darren Huckerby.


1978 – Norwich City 0 Leyton Orient 1 – Carrow Road

Roger Gibbins scored as top-flight City were held to a 1-1 draw away against their Second Division opponents, known just as Orient at the time, before being beaten 1-0 in the replay. History repeated itself in 2011 when the O's won 1-0 at Carrow Road as a League One side, beating Paul Lambert's promotion-bound Championship side.

1979 – Leicester City 3 Norwich City 0 – Filbert Street

The Canaries were beaten by a Second Division team for the second successive season, losing comfortably at Filbert Street. City nearly lost to a second-tier team again in 1985 when it took three replays to get past Birmingham, before a Steve Bruce goal earned a 1-0 home win.

1996 – Norwich City 1 Brentford 2 – Carrow Road City's difficult first season after relegation from the Premiership was made worse by a home loss to Division Two opposition, with Jon Newsome scoring at both ends.

2015 – Preston North End 2 Norwich City 0 – Deepdale

Defeat to League One opposition brought an end to Neil Adams' reign – but brought Alex Neil to the fore.

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