Tonight sees a meeting between two former winners fallen on hard times: everyone’s favourite second team, AFC Wimbledon, hosting Coventry City, now playing their home games at Northampton’s Sixfields stadium. Sunday’s game (at 1.30pm on ITV) is from exactly that stadium, with Aidy Boothroyd’s struggling Cobblers looking to avoid a humiliating exit against Conference South high-flyers Bishop’s Stortford. The second-round draw will follow, leaving Port Vale and Shortwood United in the odd position of knowing exactly who they might play by the time their tie kicks off on Monday evening.
BT Sport 1’s cameras will be there, doubtless hoping Shortwood can make a nonsense of the 120-plus places dividing the two teams and cause a major surprise. An annual highlight of the footballing calendar, and another opportunity to see how Jake Humphrey and co handle the spotlight.
Millennium Hotel London Mayfair
This four-star hotel is right in the middle of Mayfair, close to the American Embassy. Get the right room and you'll be treated to some cracking views out over Grosvenor Square. Stays here range from a nice-looking standard room to the very grand luxury suites. The hotel's three-AA rosette restaurant, Avista, offers Italian food with a fine-dining slant, in a room they describe as 'rustic' but which looks to us like it still follows the hotel's chic, townhouse vibe. You can tuck into afternoon tea here, too. The Pine Bar serves cocktails and British dishes, with live music most evenings.
Venue says: “Situated in the heart of fashionable Mayfair, Millennium Hotel London Mayfair combines traditional charm and luxury with picturesque views”