The popular utility man finally reached the milestone at Station Park on Saturday, with the additional accolade of captaining the side for the afternoon.
Pat Slattery arrived at Bayview back in June 2015, having turned out for his hometown club Queen of the South and a loan spell at Queen’s Park. Gary Naysmith handed the 22-year-old his debut as a substitute in a Challenge Cup tie at the Falkirk Stadium, with his first start coming the following week in a League Cup win at home to Dumbarton.
It would be a season to remember as East Fife secured the SPFL2 title, with Slattery missing just three games during the league campaign, also finding the net against East Stirlingshire in a 5-3 win. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the celebrations in a memorable Player of the Year dance was a rendition of the “Pat Slattery Rap”.
The following season saw Gary Naysmith head to Queen of the South, his replacement being Barry Smith as the Fifers consolidated their position in SPFL1. Darren Young was the next in the Bayview hotseat as Slattery battled back from injury to add to his appearances in the black and gold.
2018-19 will go down in folklore as the season East Fife broke their derby hoodoo with back-to-back derby wins, the Dublin weekend and Pat Slattery going goal crazy with two strikes within a fortnight!
Our Pat has kept the faith through good times and bad and has drawn level with John Martis in terms of appearances for the club. Before our match against Clyde on Tuesday evening, Pat was awarded a strip to commemorate his commitment to the club and to celebrate hitting a remarkable milestone.
Here’s to the next 250 Pat!