“I never thought we would get this far,” said Mr Humphries, from Essex.
“I am a big fan of the FA Cup and can remember back to the days when it really was an all day thing, and perhaps was more popular than it is today.”
The adventure began when Mr Humphries, a data analyst for a bank, heard the FA Cup trophy would be at the Brantham Athletic v Eastbourne Borough tie and decided to take his sons along.
He said: “As a Colchester United fan, I am not likely to see it at an actual game so I thought I would take the boys and get a picture with it.”
From then on the family were enthralled by the competition and decided to watch a game in every round.
Their journey has seen them watch giant-killings – when Fulham were knocked out by Oldham Athletic – and see extra-time winners – when Watford overcame Wolves in the Wembley semi-final.
The family’s story led to them being given tickets for the Wembley showpiece, between Manchester City and Watford, by a sponsor and their exploits being featured in the matchday programme.
“The boys have loved it,” said Mr Humphries. “They’ve seen it grow from 200 people at Brantham to 90,000 for the semi-final.”
The FA Cup actually has 14 rounds, starting in August, but the first qualifying round, preliminary round and extra-preliminary round had already been completed before the Humphries family started their trophy trek.
Mr Humphries, who also has a daughter Charlotte who is too young to attend the games, said the friendliness of fellow fans had been a highlight.
“In Peterborough, one chap saw me struggling to park and when we told him what we were doing he let us use his driveway,” he said.
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