Danny Foster says Saturday’s send-off will stay with him forever.
"I felt very proud - stepping out on the pitch at Adams Park for one last time was very special. It's just a shame I can't be out there with the boys and fighting on the pitch with them.
He said: "When you're playing you don't realise sometimes the effect you've had on others and that's been apparent today.
Danny and his family were also looked after in an executive box throughout the day.
Foster’s ex-team-mates formed a guard of honour for the defender to walk through before he received a signed frame from Gareth Ainsworth and Stuart Lewis pre-match.
The club came together to celebrate the career of the 29-year-old, who has unfortunately been forced to retire due to injury.
"I tried to come here and be positive and celebrate stuff and think of the good times, but it's still the hardest thing, not being out there on the pitch and being part of the team.
"I would have liked to have had a win to top the day off, from a personal, selfish point of view. On the whole it's been an amazing day. I'm very pleased to come down and see some faces and the reception I got was brilliant. I won't forget it."
Asked about his memories as a Wanderer, Foster, who won promotion to League 1 with the club in 2010/11, replied: “A lot of players will sit in a chair at the end of their careers and say, 'I probably had more downs than ups'.
"I'm one of the lucky ones. I've had a couple of promotions and many, many good memories and good times. I'll remember the good stuff over the bad stuff, that's for sure.
"When I signed here, that first year we had when we got promotion under Gary Waddock was immense. The Southend game stands out, Bury away - you never forget that. There's some great memories and some great people around this club.
"I met some great people through football that are now friends away from the football pitch as well."
He added: “Day one when I walked through the door, Gaz inspired me. I think he was about 54 at the time and he was still training!
"He was flying around with the most enthusiasm and passion that anyone could have - even more so than a 17 or 18 year old, and he inspired me.
"I wanted to be like that. I always try to be an honest, hard working team player. I've built my career around that and trying to be reliable.
"My football schooling was very old school. Playing for the guy next to you and for your team were the most important things. I tried to bring that to every game I played and hopefully I'll be remembered for that.
"It was never going to be a double step-over and beat a man twice and score from 35 yards kind of guy, but I could bring other positives and benefits to the team, and hopefully I'm remembered for some of those things."
On the future, Foster said: "I don't know to be honest. I'm going to do what I can - job-wise there's a few little things. I'd love to stay in the game, you never shut the door on anything in life. Maybe coaching, who knows - we'll see.
"There's always someone out there who's worse off than yourself and I've got enough things good going on. I have a young family, they're my life now."