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Andy Porter
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Personal information
Full name Andrew Michael Porter
Date of birth 17 September 1968 (1968-09-17) (age 41)
Place of birth Holmes Chapel, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club York City (assistant manager)
Youth career
1985–1987 Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1998 Port Vale 357 (22)
1998–2000 Wigan Athletic 21 (1)
1999 Mansfield Town (loan) 5 (0)
2000 Chester City (loan) 16 (0)
2000–2002 Chester City 38 (4)
2002 Northwich Victoria (loan) 9 (0)
2002 Kidsgrove Athletic (loan)
2002–2003 Kidsgrove Athletic
2004–2006 Port Vale 4 (0)
Total 450+ (27+)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Chester City (caretaker)
2002–2003 Kidsgrove Athletic
2008 Port Vale (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andrew Michael "Andy" Porter[1] (born 17 September 1968) is an English former footballer and manager and is currently assistant manager at York City. His playing career spanned from 1986 to 2006 and for the majority of his career he played for Port Vale, where he served as co-caretaker manager alongside Dean Glover.




Playing career

The son of a farmer, midfielder Porter joined Port Vale as a youngster and made his Football League debut in December 1986. It marked the beginning of a long association with the Vale Park club, as more than 350 Football League appearances were made before he departed for Wigan Athletic in July 1998. His spell with Vale had been one of the most successful the club had enjoyed for many years, including appearances at Wembley Stadium, FA Cup giant killing acts and twice winning promotion to the second tier of English football. He enjoyed a testimonial match against Derby County in 1996. As of 2009, he has the 6th most league appearances of any Vale player. His 432 appearances in all competitions means he has the 5th most appearances of any Vale player over all competitions.

Porter struggled to establish himself with Wigan and spent time on loan with Mansfield Town in October 1999 before ending the season on loan with Chester City, but he was unable to help them avoid relegation to the Conference. In October 2000 he joined Chester on a permanent basis and helped the club win the Nationwide Variety Club Trophy at the end of the season. In December 2001, Porter was named as part of the club's caretaker-managerial team that helped defeat Hayes 3–1 to help Chester in their fight for Football Conference survival.

Despite Porter scoring a winning penalty against Barnet the following month, he was soon deemed surplus to requirements by manager Mark Wright and spent time on loan with Northwich Victoria.

He joined Kidsgrove Athletic on loan in September 2002. [2]

Coaching career

He was appointed as caretaker player-manager at Kidsgrove alongside Terry Hillman after they sacked Dave Nolan on 14 November 2002 and was offered the job permanently on 31 December 2002.[3][4 ] He resigned as manager on 28 March 2003, with Bernard Taylor being appointed as his successor.[5 ] Following his spell at Kidsgrove manager, Porter returned to Port Vale as a youth coach. In December 2004, Porter made a playing comeback when he replaced Levi Reid early in Vale's 3–1 win over Tranmere Rovers. Over the next two seasons he made three more Football League and two FA Cup appearances under manager Martin Foyle, his former team-mate at Vale. A move to Nantwich Town in March 2006 was blocked by Foyle as the club were short-staffed.[6]

Following these brief cameos Porter settled down to his duties as youth coach and achieved a large amount of success with the youth team in 2007 and 2008. In the summer of 2007 the youth team entered the prestigious Irish youth tournament the Foyle Cup, beating Bournemouth 1–0 in the under-18s final to claim the trophy. Porter also steered the team to a club record quarter final appearance in the FA Youth Cup, beating Premier League academy sides Bolton Wanderers (3–2 at the Reebok Stadium) and Tottenham Hotspur (1–0 at Vale Park) along the way, before losing to eventual finalists Chelsea 5–2.

Porter's charges then won the Midland Youth Cup for the first time in many a year, beating Lincoln City 6–5 on a penalty shootout after a 1–1 draw at Sincil Bank. He had also taken charge of the reserve side for the majority of the 2007–08 season, and managed to finish second in The Central League Midland Division in front of several higher-placed clubs and clubs with youth academy status.

Following Lee Sinnott's departure as manager, Porter and Dean Glover were appointed as caretaker managers on 23 September 2008.[7] He was in the running for the role on a permanent basis, but it was eventually handed to Glover on 6 October.[8 ] Porter departed as manager of the Port Vale youth team on 24 December.[9] He later cited his reasons for doing so as being rejected for the managerial position earlier in the season and also not being offered the role of assistant manager, despite his success with the youth team, coupled with a need to advance his career.[10] He teamed up again with Martin Foyle after being appointed as York City's assistant manager on 30 December.[11 ] Glover was sacked as manager in May 2009 and Porter applied for the vacant position once again.[12] However Chairman Bill Bratt was determined to hire a manager of experience and so Porter was not considered for the role.[13]

Managerial statistics

As of 6 October 2008.[14 ]
Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Chester City (caretaker)  England 27 December 2001 8 January 2002 3 1 2 0 33.3
Kidsgrove Athletic  England 14 November 2002 28 March 2003
Port Vale (caretaker)  England 23 September 2008 6 October 2008 2 0 0 2 0.0


As a player

with Port Vale


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 497. ISBN 1852916656.  
  2. ^ "Kidsgrove hoping Porter can give them a boost". Non-League Daily. 2002-09-06. Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  3. ^ "Nolan gets the boot again". Non-League Daily. 2002-11-14. Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  4. ^ "Porter offered Kidsgrove job". Non-League Daily. 2002-12-31. Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  5. ^ "Taylor back in business at Kidsgrove". Non-League Daily. 2003-03-28. Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  6. ^ "Vale block Porter move". Non-League Daily. 2006-03-21. Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  7. ^ "Club statement". Port Vale F.C.. 2008-09-23.,,10381~1400824,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  8. ^ "Glover named new Port Vale boss". BBC Sport. 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  9. ^ "Porter says goodbye to Port Vale". BBC Sport. 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2008-12-24.  
  10. ^ Shaw, Steve (2009-01-05). "Porter: Why I had to quit Vale". The Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-01-05.  
  11. ^ "Porter named as assistant at York". BBC Sport. 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  12. ^ Shaw, Steve (May 08, 2009). "Port Vale: Porter makes third bid for top job". The Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-05-08.  
  13. ^ "Vale manager interviews to begin". BBC Sport. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-11.  
  14. ^ "Andy Porter's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-12-30.  

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