(born 22 November 1964) is a former Australian footballer
and football pundit.
Slater, a red-haired midfielder
, moved to Australia as a youngster and started his playing career in Australia, with various clubs in his youth before joining St George Saints
in the National Soccer League
in 1982. He won the NSL with St George in 1983, and following this season he trialled with Nottingham Forest
; however St George and Nottingham Forest were unable to agree terms and he returned to Australia.
He then moved to Sydney Croatia
in 1987 before an aborted move to Hajduk Split
was quickly followed by a transfer to Anderlecht
Slater did not see much playing time in Belgium and moved to then Ligue 2
, which was promoted during his time at the club (1990–94). While he was at Lens he was attacked with a baseball bat by Paris Saint-Germain
supporters and nearly lost his life.
At the end of the 1993-94 season Robbie moved to Blackburn Rovers
, and there he became the first Australian to win the English FA Premier League
in the 1994-95 season
. In August 1995 he was sold to West Ham United
for £600,000 with Matty Holmes
moving in the opposite direction. He made his debut on 26 August 1995 in a 1-1 draw away at Nottingham Forest
with his first West Ham goal coming on 2 December 1995 in a 4-2 away defeat to his previous club, Blackburn Rovers. Slater made 29 appearances in... Read More