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Stuart Slater

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Stuart Ian Slater born 27 March 1969 in Sudbury, Suffolk is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger and forward from 1986 to 2009

He notably played for West Ham United, Celtic, Ipswich Town, Leicester City and Watford, as well as representing England at under-21 and B level Later on in his career he played for Carlton, Forest Green Rovers, Aberystwyth Town, Weston-super-Mare and Wivenhoe Town

Contents

  • 1 Club career
    • 11 West Ham United
    • 12 Celtic
    • 13 Ipswich Town
    • 14 Later career
    • 15 Career after football
  • 2 Sources
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Club career

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 FA 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 the League Cup, and made three substitute appearances for the England Under 21 team in 1990

Manager Billy Bonds switched him to the left wing towards the end of the 1989–90 season where he excelled to the extent that after a 5–0 home defeat of Sheffield United in March 1990, the Sheffield United defender, Chris Wilder, shook Slater's hand, saying, "That's the closest I've been to you all evening" A similar performance came against Everton in the sixth-round of the FA Cup in March 1991, when he also scored West Ham's second goal from 20 yards, as West Ham won 2–1 to reach the semi-finals West Ham returned to Division One in 1991–92 but, troubled by an Achilles injury, Slater failed to score a goal in 51 appearances He turned down the offer of a new contract and left the club in August 1992 for Celtic

Celtic

Former West Ham teammate, Liam Brady, then manager of Celtic, took Slater to Glasgow in a £15 million deal in August 1992 Slater made his debut in the same month, coming on as a substitute in a 1–1 away draw against Rangers, but did not make an impression at Celtic and thirteen months later he returned south to Ipswich Town, having scored three goals in 43 appearances

Ipswich Town

He joined Ipswich Town in a £750,000 deal in September 1993, where he linked up again with his former manager at West Ham, John Lyall, in the Premier League He stayed at Ipswich for three seasons scoring four goals in 84 appearances before leaving on a free transfer

Later career

After a short spell on trial at Leicester City, Slater joined Watford Injuries limited him to only 35 league appearances for the Watford in almost three years and he eventually moved to Australia, joining NSL club, Carlton SC, in August 1999

Slater returned to England a year later to join Football Conference club Forest Green Rovers in October 2000, for whom he made 24 league and cup appearances in the 2000–01 season and played in the FA Trophy final at Villa Park in May 2001, when Rovers were beaten 1–0 by Canvey Island

He was unable to agree a new contract with Rovers and followed manager Frank Gregan to League of Wales side Aberystwyth Town in July 2001 Poor results in the first months of the 2001–02 season saw Frank Gregan depart and Slater follow him to Southern League club, Weston-super-Mare, in December 2001, where he stayed for the next three years, helping Weston-super-Mare to promotion to the Southern League Premier Division in 2003

He played his final game for Weston-super-Mare in a 1–1 draw, in which he scored, at Bishop Stortford in October 2004 In January 2009, Slater joined Wivenhoe Town, managed by his former West Ham teammate, Julian Dicks, but never made an appearance for the team

Career after football

Slater became football coach having achieved the UEFA 'B' licence and has been a coach/manager at the Youth Academy of West Ham United and remains a club ambassador at 1st team games to this day He also has many years experience as a secondary school PE Teacher at Kings Langley School

He now oversees a full-time squad of U19 Apprentices at Chelmsford City along with former Southend United and Colchester United player Kirk Game The club has partnered Chelmsford College and formed a football programme called SOCA Soccer Opportunities and Coaching Academy that helps develop talented young footballers and coaches, giving them a chance to develop their skills at recognised clubs and organisations whilst also gaining top coaching and educational qualifications

Sources

Northcutt, John; Roy Shoesmith 1993 West Ham United A Complete Record Derby: Breedon Books Publishing Company p 151 ISBN 1-873626-44-4 
Blows, Kirk; Ben Sharratt 2002 Claret and Blue Blood Mainstream Publishing Edinburgh Ltd pp 190–194 ISBN 1-84018-489-2 
Northcutt, John 2003 The Definitive West Ham United FC Soccerdata pp 103–107 ISBN 1-899468-19-6 
"Stuart Slater" Soccerbase Racing Post Retrieved 25 August 2007 

References

  1. ^ "Stuart Slater" Barry Hugman's Footballers Retrieved 12 March 2017 
  2. ^ "Canvey stun Forest to lift Trophy" BBC Sport 13 May 2001 Retrieved 26 August 2007 
  3. ^ "Aber sign experienced midfielder" BBC Sport 17 July 2001 Retrieved 25 August 2007 
  4. ^ "Gregan begins recruiting" Non-League Daily 10 December 2001 Retrieved 25 August 2007 
  5. ^ "Player Details: Season 2004–2005 Stuart Slater" SoccerFactsUK Retrieved 26 August 2007 
  6. ^ "Dicks signs former Hammers' team-mate" NonLeagueDailycom 21 January 2009 Retrieved 22 January 2009 

External links

  • Stuart Slater at Soccerbase
  • Stuart Slater history at NonLeagueDailycom

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