MARK CREIGHTON couldn't wait to experience a good old fashioned away day with Wrexham - and Reds' supporters didn't disappoint the 'Beast'.

The centre-back, who arrived at The Racecourse in November 2010 and became a big fans' favourite before a hamstring injury forced him to call time on his playing days just over two years later, still follows his former club with great affection and the 40-year-old lives in the town.

A regular at home matches, Creighton wanted to take it an away match and he settled on the big showdown against promotion rivals Notts County during the festive period.

Creighton was one of the 2,000 travelling supporters who descended on Meadow Lane en masse - and he was joined by a famous face.

Wales number one Danny Ward, who came through the ranks at hometown club Wrexham, joined his ex-team-mate in the stands with his club Leicester City not having a game.

The duo had a great time being part of the Reds' huge away following, although the 3-1 defeat took the shine off the day.

"Obviously I have done loads of home games but I fancied doing an away trip," said Creighton.

"Going on the bus with the lads, having a beer and enjoying the game.

"I put a Tweet out and everyone was like 'Notts County, January 2'. That's a big club as well, a big game, there would be a good crowd, so I thought 'that's the one'.

"The next thing Danny Ward messaged me saying 'if you are thinking of doing Notts County, I will come with you' so that sealed it.

"We got tickets, I booked myself on the coach and it was a great craic with the lads. I knew a few of them anyway from over the years but all the new ones that I met, they were quality.

"Drinking with the fans before the game, singing songs, it was class. I came back with the soarest throat but I had a great day."

Ward, who left The Racecourse to make the dream move to Liverpool in 2012 before signing for the Foxes six years later, was happy to join Creighton in mingling with supporters.

The 28-year-old spent the day posing for pictures and speaking with supporters, and he also got into the spirit of things during the match as he cheered Phil Parkinson's Reds on and sang songs.

Wrexham played the majority of the contest with 10 men but put up a good fight before going down to defeat, but it was a day Creighton thoroughly enjoyed.

"Danny was good as gold," said Creighton. "A few people tapped me on the shoulder during the day and said 'there aren't many people who will come and talk to you'.

"To be honest, I wouldn't have a friend of mine who wouldn't be like that.

"I am a very down to earth guy, there are no airs or graces about me and Danny is exactly the same.

"He might be Welsh number one but he will sit and have a chat with anybody.

"Lads were coming up to him, they wanted a picture with him and he said 'I will have a picture with you as long as I can have a chat with you as well. Where were you born, where do you live?'

"He was awesome. I haven't seen Danny for a long time so it was nice spending time with him.

"It was a fantastic day all round apart from the result but I actually thought Wrexham played quite well.

"A lot of things went against us but even with 10 men we had a really good go, we didn't fall over and die.

"But the actual football-side wasn't really why I went there; it was to soak up everything else that comes with it."