(born 27 March 1969 in Sudbury
) is a former professional footballer
who played as a winger
for West Ham United
, Ipswich Town
, Leicester City
. He also represented England at under-21 and B level.
Slater was raised in rural Suffolk and played in the local junior leagues as a boy. He played for Colchester's 'Langham Lions' alongside Jason Dozzell
and supported Ipswich Town
West Ham United
Slater joined West Ham
as an apprentice in 1986 and after a tough first year, he became a star of the youth team. He made his first appearance for West Ham, still an apprentice, when he came on as substitute for Ray Stewart
in the Division One home game against Derby County
in October 1987.
He was offered a professional contract in April 1988 just after his seventeenth birthday and made a second appearance in the 1987–88 season when he came on as substitute in the home game against Coventry City
in the same month.
He made his first start for West Ham against Southampton
in August 1988, when a clash of heads with Russell Osman
led to him being taken off in the first minute. He recovered to win the Man of the Match award in his next two games, against Charlton
and Newcastle United
, and scored his first goal for the club in a F.A. Cup 5th round tie against Charlton in February 1989.
Playing in Division Two in 1989–90, he scored nine goals in 50 league and cup appearances as West Ham reached the semi-final of... Read More