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25 January 2013

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Our take on the Town's trip to Carrow Road

The Town take a break from Blue Square Bet Premier action on Saturday when they travel to Premier League Norwich City in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Here's our guide whether you're going or not to Carrow Road:

Where? Norwich, Norfolk. Or, more specifically, Carrow Road - the home to the Canaries since 1935.

How to get there? Train, plane, automobile, coach, bike - however. A number of London-based Premier League clubs have flown to Norwich airport but that's something the 4,000 of you travelling to Carrow Road probably won't be investing in. If you're driving, the stadium’s postcode is NR1 1JE. If you are train-ing it, Norwich station is a 10-minute walk to the ground.

Go by coach. The Bobbers Travel Club, who head to every single Town game, come rain or shine, are putting on additional coaches for the cup trip. Their prices are £18 for adults and £15 for concessions. The coaches will take in the usual pick-up points. Turn to page 54 for a full list. To book or find out more call 01234 856542.

Carrow calling. The Town last visited this part of Norfolk in August 2006 and left empty-handed having been 2-0 up. Goals from Rowan Vine and Dean Morgan had the Hatters ahead before three goals in the last 33 minutes won it for the Canaries. The Town last tasted success at Carrow Road in January 1996 when a penalty from Bulgarian Bontcho Guentchev secured a 1-0 win. 

The record. Overall, Norwich just hold the advantage in the head-to-head record between the two clubs, winning 29 times to the Town's 25. There have been four FA Cup meetings between the two teams, the last coming in January 1976 when the Canaries ran out 2-0 winners. The most famous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs came in the semi-final of the competition of 1959 when the Town ran out winners after a replay to earn their only cup final appearance.

Gulf. The Town lie 85 places below the Canaries in the league ladder. In the 2005/06 season, the Canaries finished just one place and one point above the Town in the Championship. Since then, whilst the Hatters slipped out of the Football League, Norwich were relegated to League 1 before winning back-to-back promotions to return to the Premier League. 

Formbook. Whilst the Town are unbeaten in four games, City go into the tie having won once in their last seven games – a 3-0 win at Peterborough in the third round of the cup. In the Premier League, the Canaries haven’t won in their last six matches, losing five and drawing one. At Carrow Road they have beaten Manchester United and Arsenal this season.

Club connections. Just like in third round meeting with Wolves, the Town will come up against a former product of their youth system. Leon Barnett made 70 appearances for the Hatters before he was sold to West Bromwich Albion. He arrived at Carrow Road in August 2010 and has played 10 times this season. Still on the books for the Canaries is striker Chris Martin who spent a season on loan at Kenilworth Road in 2008/09 and helped the Town to win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, scoring the equaliser in the 3-2 win over Scunthorpe. Martin is currently on loan at Swindon.

Away the lads. The Hatters have sold their entire 4,000 allocation in the Jarrold Stand, the newest stand at Carrow Road that was opened in 2004. The views are good and we have taken half of its 8,000 capacity, so get those vocal chords ready.

Where to park. The ever-reliable website suggests Town supporters to park at Norfolk County Hall, which is well signposted on the A146 and costs £6. But arrive in plenty of time, it tends to fill up early with away supporters – and remember the usual visiting fans allocation for Premier League matches is 2,500.

Team news. The Town have no injury worries ahead of the cup tie with JJ O’Donnell and Jon Shaw available having overcome knocks in recent weeks. The Hatters will though be without cup-tied duo Scott Neilson and Simon Ainge. Norwich boss Chris Hughton will select a strong side to tackle the Town

Go Forth. The Hatters last reached the fourth round in 2007 when they lost 4-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers. The Town will be aiming for a place in the fifth round draw for the first time in 1994, the year David Pleat’s side reached the semi-final at Wembley.

Live coverage. Remember we have all the build-up to the game as well as live commentary and text updates during the 90 minutes at Carrow Road. Post-match they’ll be a full report, reaction, photographs and interviews. If you’re on the move, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter streams for all the links to all the stories #COYH.

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