Andy Porter Joins Nantwich Town Coaching Staff

Article: Jack Beresford
Photographs: Jonathan White

Nantwich Town can confirm that Andy Porter had joined the clubs first-team coaching staff.

Porter, who was born in Holmes Chapel brings a wealth of experience to The Dabbers backroom staff after having spells as Caretaker manager at Chester, York City and Port Vale. He also assistant manager at Hereford where he worked under Martin Foyle from June 2012 to March 2014.

Andy Porter with Dave Cooke (photograph: Jonathan White)

Porter had a very successful playing career; he played the majority of his games at Vale Park where he made 447 appearances for Port Vale making him the sixth highest appearance maker for the valiants. In his time at Vale he won two promotions, lifted the Auto-Glass Trophy in 1993 and he was also involved in some FA Cup giant killings against the likes of Everton and Tottenham Hotspur. To this day he is still regarded as one of the greatest players to play for Port Vale.

Andy Porter (photograph: Jonathan White)

After leaving the Valiants in 1998, Porter joined Wigan Athletic where he played 21 games before joining Chester City in 2000 and he played a pivotal role in winning the old Nationwide Variety Club Trophy in 2001. At the end of that year, he took of the reigns as Caretaker manager where managed just the one game which was a 3-1 win over Hayes.  

After leaving Chester in 2002 he had spells at Northwich Victoria and Kidsgrove Athletic, before dramatically returning to Port Vale in 2004 where he made four appearances under his former teammate Martin Foyle. In 2006 he officially retired from playing to focus on coaching where he stayed at Vale as youth coach and achieved a large amount of success with the youth team in 2007 and 2008. Porter oversaw the Valiants get into The Quarter Finals of the FA Youth Cup where they beat Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur before losing 5-2 to eventual finalist Chelsea.

Andy Porter with Dave Cooke (photograph: Jonathan White)

In 2008 he took over as first team manager at Vale Park after the departure of Lee Sinnot. Porter was in charge at Vale for 3 and a half months before Dean Glover took over as permanent manager.

Since then Porter has been Martin Foyle’s assistant at Hereford and York City before more recently working two jobs as Port Vale under 11s coach and regional scout for Northampton Town

Andy made his debut in the dugout for Nantwich in Saturdays dramatic 2-2 draw with Ashton United where goals from Sean Miller and Sean Cooke helped the ten-man Dabbers comeback from two goals down to pick up a valuable point. Nantwich manager Dave Cooke expressed delighted to get Porter onboard “Andy has bags of experience and a will to win, both of which will help as we get towards the business end of the season”