Date of birth
Previous Clubs: Crewe Alexandra, Halifax Town (loan), Leek Town, Morecambe, Burton Albion (loan)
After spending ten years progressing through the youth ranks at Crewe Alexandra, Yates was handed a professional contract in 2002 before joining Halifax Town on loan during the 2003/04 season.
The defender then left Crewe in 2004 to join Leek Town and he spent two years at the non-league side, making over 80 appearances during his time there.
In August 2006, he made the move to Morecambe and he helped them win promotion to the Football League during his first season there, with the Shrimps beating Exeter City in the play-off final.
He then made 54 appearances during the 2007/08 season and Morecambe retained their status in the Football League.
A short loan spell at Burton Albion then followed before he returned to the Globe Arena where he was a regular throughout the 2008/09 campaign.
Having rejected a new contract offer at Morecambe, Yates joined Port Vale in the summer of 2009. Since then, he has made over 200 appearances for the Valiants and he is a favourite amongst supporters.