Farke’s team have chance to end wait of nearly 30 years for Canaries
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Norwich City’s class of 2020 have the chance to bring an end to a wait of almost 30 years when they return to FA Cup action at Tottenham tomorrow night.
Victory over Jose Mourinho's side would seal the Canaries' place in the quarter-finals for the first time since 1992, if they can win a rare fifth round tie.
It will be just the fifth time in 28 seasons that City have been in the last 16, the last of which was a 2-1 home loss to Leicester in 2012, when the Foxes were pulling off an upset as a Championship side.
Prior to that it was a 4-0 loss at Chelsea in 2007, a 2-0 defeat at Southampton in 2003 and a 5-0 drubbing at Everton in 1995 which denied Norwich a place in the quarter-finals.
The previous success in the fifth round was a 3-0 home win over Notts County during 1991-92, when the Magpies were also a top-flight club.
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Chris Sutton scored a brace either side of a David Phillips strike that night, teeing up just the sixth quarter-final in Canaries history, which was during a run to the semi-finals.
That run was part of the latter stages of Dave Stringer's successful era, during a scrape to survival that was a bit too close for comfort, eventually surviving by just three points after a nosedive in form to remain for the launch of the Premier League.
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City beat Southampton in the quarter-finals, winning 2-1 after extra-time in a replay at Carrow Road, to set up just a third semi-final in the club's history.
That would end in frustrated disappointment, losing 1-0 to second-tier Sunderland at Hillsborough and missing out on the chance to face Liverpool in the final at Wembley - contributing to Mike Walker taking over from club stalwart Stringer that summer, who resigned.
Ever since however, the FA Cup has largely just brought misery, ending in the third round or earlier during 19 of the subsequent 28 seasons.
Should the Canaries pull off an upset at Spurs, they will swiftly learn their next opponents, with the quarter-final draw scheduled to take place live on BBC One following the conclusion of Manchester City's tie at Sheffield Wednesday, which is also a 7.45pm kick-off on Wednesday.
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