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Where Are They Now…Robbie Slater

Where Are They Now…Robbie Slater
Full Name: Robert Slater
Date of Birth: 22/11/1964
Place Of Birth: Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
International Caps: 44 (Australia)
Signed for Blackburn: 1994
Left Blackburn: 1995
Clubs Prior Blackburn: Revesby Workers, Panania RSL, St George, Blacktown, Anderlecht, RC Lens
Clubs after Blackburn: West Ham, Southampton, Wolverhampton, Northern Spirit

Slater is commonly known in Australia as the journeyman. Having travelled across Australia to play football in his early years, Slater was purchased by Anderlecht in 1989 in the role of midfielder. He did not see much playing time here and moved onto lens the following year.

Robert's time at Lens is most remembered for the attack on him by a PSG fan with a baseball bat. Whilst at lens, he was voted Oceania player of the year twice, and met the love of his life.

Robert obviously did enough at Lens to earn a £300,000 move to our beloved rovers. Fortunately for him, he became the first Australian to win the English Premier League, and this was the only season he played with Rovers. Whilst he was only a bit-part player, he was deemed a useful player with him joining West Ham, Southampton and finally Wolverhampton.

After his spell in England, he returned to Australia in 1998 and played out his career with the Northern Spirit in the now defunct NSL.

Robbie is currently a football director at the Newington College, as well as holding the role of football analyst with FOX Sports.


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Date:Sunday July 8 2007
Time: 9:17PM


Another GREAT article submitted from a VBer, nice one sasman (only fitting that an Aussie should write this one on a fellow Aussie!)
Hughes Da Man
08/07/2007 21:19:00
Slater was not the greatest player we have ever had here (at Rovers or playing in England in general) but he was still a good footballer, and seemed a sound guy as well.
His bloody email address on his (or .net whatever it is) Website doesn't work though as I've tried emailing him SEVERAL times LOL!
Hughes Da Man
08/07/2007 21:20:00
Good old robbie, he prob is too busy watching the socceroos at the asian cup
09/07/2007 00:01:00
Try this one as I think you will find this is his address HDM as a rovers man and an Aussie I was proud that he was a part of the rovers squad that won the premier league. He was a good player for Australia and was a great player for Lens. Whilst playing for them he represented us in a World Cup Qualifying game against Argentina. He played on Maradona for the whole game. We eventually lost by one goal and Argentina went on to do really well in the World Cup. At the end of the game he and Maradona swapped shirts and aparently Maradona told Robbie that he should leave France and go and play in italy as he thought he was that good. He eventually came to Rovers and played a reasonable (not huge but reasonable) part in us winning the league and for that he will always be a legend. Now I just get annoyed when I listen to him comentates the A-League (Australian League) as he has a huge Sydney bias in everything he says but oh well can't have everything. He is still a legend
09/07/2007 02:08:00
wait a minute??? sasman is an Aussie... I had no idea!?!??! lol...
09/07/2007 09:25:00
Rob was a Rovers legend!!!! Only kidding. Always liked the bloke though and he did weigh in with some useful assists. Always loved that celebration against Chelsea, even adopted it as my scoring celebration as a lad! Excellent article sasman.
09/07/2007 12:14:00
AustRover - Yeah dude that's hte one I've tried but hte ******** thing won't work, damn you Robbie Slater and your non working email LOL!
Hughes Da Man
09/07/2007 12:30:00
With all the ashes banter, and pushin ma man grella, as well as linkin every aussie international to rovers lol, poor old mikey living in your own fantasy world, and by the way, where is your partner in crime bombom
09/07/2007 13:29:00
The gloves come off and the claws come out LOL!
Hughes Da Man
09/07/2007 16:55:00
Good point though sasman, seriously where is BomBom?!?! He keeps poping up here and there but seems to have more or less vanished!!!
Hughes Da Man
09/07/2007 16:56:00
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