DEAN KEATES will always respect the FA Trophy after it gave him his “biggest honour”.

Keates captained Wrexham to victory in the competition back in 2013 as the Reds overcame Grimsby 4-1 on penalties.

And that remains special to Keates, who said: “It’s the kind of competition where if you get through the first few rounds, before you know it you are at Southport playing in the quarter-final and then you are at Gainsborough thinking ‘we are only one or two games from Wembley’.

“Has it given me probably one of the best day’s of my career? Yes.

“As a kid you’d watch the FA Cup final and people walking up the steps of Wembley - I know the stadium has changed - but it’s the home of football.

“It’s probably the biggest honour I’ve had to lead this great football club up those steps and pick up the trophy.”