Clubs played for: Crystal Palace, San Jose Earthquakes (loan), Luton Town, Portsmouth, Leeds United, Stoke City (loan), Stoke City, Exeter City (1977-1992)
Birthplace: Forest Hill, London
Biography: One of the first black players to establish himself in the League. Former England Under 21 international Hilaire was given his chance as a 17 year old by Crystal Palace and was a member of their 'Team of the Eighties'. Popular with the fans because of his lightening pace and tight ball control, he was named the London club's Player of the Year in 1979 and 1980. He moved to Pompey for £100,000 in November 1984 after playing a handful of games for Luton Town. Was then an integral part of the promotion winning side in 1987. The following year he was transferred to Leeds United in a £190,000 deal but his career then wound down at Stoke City with former boss Alan Ball and finally, in the west country with Exeter City. Became player and joint manager of Waterlooville with former Palace and Pompey team-mate Billy Gilbert. Has worked for a cable television company in Portsmouth and helped with match-day hospitality at Fratton Park. His daughter Danielle was a Soccerette on Soccer AM.
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