Lucky charms! City's promotion gold dust rubbed off on pre-season opponents

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 May 2019 | UPDATED: 12:12 28 May 2019

Norwich City attacker Marco Stiepermann featured against Paderborn last summer 
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Norwich City attacker Marco Stiepermann featured against Paderborn last summer Picture: Focus Images

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Teams will be queuing up to face lucky charm Norwich City in pre-season this summer, after six of their eight friendly opponents from last year went on to earn promotion.

Todd Cantwell in action during Norwich City's 2-1 pre-season loss to Union Berlin Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesTodd Cantwell in action during Norwich City's 2-1 pre-season loss to Union Berlin Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Ahead of a campaign that would conclude with a remarkable Championship title success for the Canaries, few on either side during pre-season could have predicted the success that was about to follow for all involved.

Daniel Farke's team kicked off with a 2-1 win over local side King's Lynn Town, who went on to finish as runners-up in the Southern League Premier Division Central.

Managed by Norwich legend Ian Culverhouse, the Linnets wrapped up play-off success afterwards to seal promotion to step two of the non-league pyramid.

Next up was a 3-0 win over Lincoln City and the Imps went on to win the League Two title, returning to the second tier for the first time since 1999.

Max Aarons was involved as Norwich City lost 1-0 to Charlton Athletic during pre-season 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesMax Aarons was involved as Norwich City lost 1-0 to Charlton Athletic during pre-season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Another fourth-flight team were beaten 2-0 next but Crawley Town proved to be the only anomaly of the schedule, going on to finish 19th.

Next up was a training camp in Germany, kicking off with a friendly against Paderborn, who had City midfielder Mario Vrancic within their ranks during a Bundesliga campaign in 2014-15.

They had slipped down to the third tier but having lost their friendly against Norwich 3-2, Paderborn have gone on to win automatic promotion back to the top tier, finishing second in Bundesliga II.

That was on goal-difference ahead of Union Berlin, who beat Farke's team 2-1 in the next friendly, and who have gone on to beat Stuttgart in the promotion play-off to seal promotion to the top flight for the first time.

Drawing 1-1 with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg completed the tour for the Canaries, who may not have been promoted but did enjoy a hugely improved season.

Timm Klose's former club had flirted with relegation during 2017-18 but finished sixth to qualify for the Europa League this season.

Back in England it was another promotion side in waiting, with City winning 3-1 at Luton Town, who have gone on to win the League One title.

Joining them in the Championship are Charlton Athletic, who beat Norwich 1-0 in the final friendly of pre-season, and went on to beat Sunderland 2-1 in the League One play-off final on Sunday.

So far the Canaries have only confirmed Paderborn as an opponent for the approaching pre-season, as part of another training camp in Germany, but they could well find plenty of teams are now looking to get in touch.

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