Speakers Profile - Robbie Slater

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Robert Slater (born November 22nd, 1964 in Lancashire, England) is an Australian football player. He is more commonly known as Robbie Slater. He has 44 caps for the Australian national team, including in the 1997 World Cup qualifier against Iran. His final appearance for Australia was against Saudi Arabia in the 1997 Confederations Cup. He is a member of the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame.

Slater, a 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 trialed 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 Hadjuk Spilt was quickly followed by a transfer to Anderlect. He did not see much playing time in Belgium and moved to then Ligue 2 club Lens in France, which was promoted during his time at the club (1990-94).

At the end of the 1993-94 season Robbie moved to Blackburn Rovers, and there he became the first Australian to win the English Premier League in the 1994-95 season. He was sold to West Ham United at the end of the season and also moved to Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers during his time in England.

At the end of the 1997-98 season he moved back to Australia to captain a new team in the National Soccer League, Northern Spirit. He would play with them until his retirement at the end of the 2000-01 season.

Robbie Slaterwrote an autobiographical book in the late '90s called The Hard Way on his playing career. He is now an analyst and commentator for Fox Sports commenting in particular on the English Premier League and the Australian A-League and appearing on the show Total Football.