Images from Saturday’s game are provided by Jonathan White

Nantwich Town Football Club are pleased to announce that Andy Porter has 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 City, York City and Port Vale. He also had a spell as assistant manager at Hereford where he worked under Martin Foyle from June 2012 to March 2014.

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 was also involved in a number of 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.

After leaving the Valiants in 1998, Porter joined Wigan Athletic where he played 21 games before joining Chester City in 2000 where 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 that ended a 3-1 victory over Hayes.  

He left Chester in 2002 and went on to play for 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 young Valiants get intothe Quarter Finals of the FA Youth Cup where they beat Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur before being beaten 5-2 by eventual finalists Chelsea. 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 three 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”