Norwich City drawn away to Charlton Athletic in FA Cup third round

The Emirates FA Cup Trophy ahead of the Emirates FA Cup first round match at The MEL Group Stadium,

Norwich City's have learnt their FA Cup third round opponents. - Credit: PA

Norwich City will begin their FA Cup journey this season with an away trip to League One side Charlton Athletic. 

The fixture will be played at some point during the weekend of the 7th January, with the club confirming details in due course. City's trip to the Valley is sandwiched between Premier League matches away at Leicester and a home game against Everton.

City's last and only encounter against Charlton in the FA Cup arrived in 2009, when the Addicks took Norwich to a replay before recording a 1-0 victory at Carrow Road in Glenn Roeder's final game in charge. 

Ex-Ipswich midfielder Darren Ambrose netted the only goal as City's divisional rivals knocked them out of the FA Cup in the third round. 

Norwich did face Charlton in the League Cup back in 2017 and eased past the London based side 4-1 with Josh Murphy netting a brace. 

Charlton currently sit 15th in League One after a disappointing start to the campaign. Nigel Adkins has subsequently been sacked with ex-Addicks midfielder Johnnie Jackson currently the interim boss at the Valley. 

He has overseen an upturn in results, with Charlton winning five of their last six matches. 

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The draw was made live on ITV4 ahead of the second-round clash between local non-league sides Boreham Wood vs St Albans City with ex-Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman and Faye White drawing the ties from the hat. 

City were ball number 30 in the draw and will be hoping to advance further than was the case last season, when they were knocked out in the fourth round by Barnsley at Oakwell. 

London - Saturday, January 3rd, 2009: Wesley Hoolahan of Norwich City scores the equaliser against C

Arturo Lupoli netted the equaliser as Norwich City drew 1-1 with Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup third round in 2009. - Credit: Focus Images

A 2-0 victory against Coventry City saw them progress beyond the third round last season, with Kenny McLean and Jordan Hugill netting twice in as many minutes. It also saw goalkeeper Daniel Barden handed a start for the first time. 

Winners of third-round ties will pocket £81,000 from the competition's prize fund  - a much-needed boost for clubs who have seen their finances suffer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ultimately, the focus will surround Premier League survival for Canaries boss Dean Smith, who has taken a team to a cup final before when in charge of Aston Villa, although that was the EFL Cup and his side were beaten by Manchester City.


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