Welcome Back Chris

March 9, 2015


For the record Chris Lines has now made 332 first team appearances and scored 31 goals. Since leaving Bristol Rovers he has played over 150 games; most in League One and a few in the Championship.


Chris Lines in action for Bristol Rovers against Charlton Athletic in a 2-1 victory in February 2010 in front of a home crowd of over 7,000.

This season he has played 32 times for Burslem Port Vale, scored twice, been booked twice and sent off once. Altogether he has made 71 appearances and scored 4 times for League One Valiants in two seasons.


Chris Lines in a familiar role running past opponents playing against Rochdale for Port Vale at home.

In the 2012/13 season he played 18 games on loan for the Dons of Milton Keynes in League One. He had joined Sheffield Wednesday on a three year deal from the Pirates for £50,000 in August 2011.


In the Owls promotion winning season to the Championship in 2011/12 season Chris Lines played in 41 out of the 46 league matches.

Chris scored 4 goals in 53 appearances for the Owls  and helped them gain promotion into the Championship. He missed a large amount of the 2012/13 season with a groin injury before his loan to MK Dons.


Did Manchester United really lose 4-0 to MK Dons in the Carling Cup when Chris Lines was on loan? 4-0 rings a long-term bell.

His most prolific spell was with the Pirates where he scored 23 goals in a total of 180 matches. Still only 29 years old he may yet have some of his best footballing years ahead of him.



(Statement from the Valiants Official Site.)

Midfielder Returns To Memorial Stadium

“We’re sure he will be a great asset to Bristol Rovers and will enjoy his time there.”

Rob Page, Manager

Port Vale midfielder Chris Lines has joined Bristol Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old, who started his career at the Memorial Stadium, has found first team appearances hard to come by in recent months.

With Michael O’Connor and Michael Brown’s midfield partnership flourishing, Lines has had to make do with a place on the bench more often than not.

In his previous spell with the Pirates, he made over 150 league appearances and scored more than 20 goals.

Should Darrell Clarke’s side finish in the Conference Premier play-off places, Lines will remain at the club until their involvement concludes.

Speaking of Lines’ loan move, Vale boss Rob Page said: “I’ve said all along that I won’t stand in anyone’s way who has a chance to go and play games.

“Chris has been unfortunate in that he got suspended against MK Dons and, due to the form of Michael Brown and Michael O’Connor, has found it difficult to win his place back.

“We’re sure he will be a great asset to Bristol Rovers and will enjoy his time there.”

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