Orient or Blades away if City win

The FA Cup fourth round draw has given Norwich City the chance to re-enact one of their famous ties from the giant-killing run of 50 years ago.If the Canaries beat Charlton in their third round replay at Carrow Road on January 13, they will be away to either Leyton Orient or Sheffield United in round four on Saturday, January 24.

The FA Cup fourth round draw has given Norwich City a chance of re-enacting one of their famous ties from the giant-killing run of 50 years ago.

If the Canaries beat Charlton in their third round replay at Carrow Road on Tuesday, January 13, they will be away to either Leyton Orient or Sheffield United in round four on Saturday, January 24.

Back in 1959, City drew 1-1 at Sheffield United in the quarter-final at Bramall Lane before beating the Blades 3-2 in a replay to reach the semi-finals for the first time, as third division side.

Orient's third round game against the Blades at Brisbane Road yesterday was postponed because of a frozen pitch and has been rearranged for Tuesday, January 13.


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Orient were current City boss Glenn Roeder's first club as a player and he helped them beat the Canaries 1-0 in an FA Cup third round replay at Carrow Road in 1978, the London club going on to reach the semi-finals.

League One side Orient's current squad includes former City striker Ryan Jarvis and defender Andrew Cave-Brown.

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A goal from substitute Arturo Lupoli earned City a replay yesterday when they drew 1-1 at Charlton.

Roeder told the club's official website: “We are fully focused on the job we have to do against Charlton in the replay first. There's no point talking about who we might face in the next round as that's not decided yet anyway and there is still a job that needs to be done against Charlton at Carrow Road - once we're through that we can talk about what might come next but not before.

“I'm pleased we got ourselves into the hat for today's draw but we did that by earning a replay, not by winning and that's where we are at with the FA Cup at this moment in time.”

If City face the Blades it will mean two trips to Bramall Lane in January. The two sides meet in the Championship at the same ground on Saturday.

FA Cup fourth round draw: Liverpool v Everton, Manchester Utd v Tottenham, Hull or Newcastle v Millwall or Crewe, Sunderland v Blyth Spartans or Blackburn, Hartlepool v West Ham, Leyton Orient or Sheffield Utd v Charlton or Norwich, Cardiff City v Arsenal, Portsmouth or Bristol City v Histon or Swansea, Chelsea or Southend v Ipswich Town, Cheltenham or Doncaster v Aston Villa, West Brom or Peterborough v QPR or Burnley, Torquay Utd v Coventry City, Kettering Town v Fulham, Watford v Leicester or Crystal Palace, Derby County v Nottm Forest, Birmingham or Wolves v Middlesbrough.

Ties to be played over the weekend of January 24 and 25.

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