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Vince Hilaire

Vince Hilaire

Clubs played for: Crystal Palace, San Jose Earthquakes (loan), Luton Town, Portsmouth, Leeds United, Stoke City (loan), Stoke City, Exeter City (1977-1992)

Born: 1959

Birthplace: Forest Hill, London


Position: Midfielder

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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Hilaire, Vince I remember Vinnie from around 2000 working in New Covent Garden Market loading and driving a lorry down to Portsmouth every day.

Hilaire, Vince no doubt the Messi of the Palace team, I watched Vince when I was a young boy and thought he was the most gifted player at Selhurst

Hilaire, Vince Just watched an old episode of 'the big match revisited' palice v notts county 1979. what a player Vince was! So much abillity. A real pleasure to watch.

Hilaire, Vince Vince and I were good mates back in the mid 70s as we played cricket together for Old Esthameians on Sundays and afterwards sometimes went for meals together with other team mates. I have a few stories about him but one that comes to mind was when he borrowed my bat at the start of his innings and when on about 60 suddenly mishit a ball, threw my bat in the air and said ' this bat is hopeless ! ' I was out their taking my turn at umpiring at the time And pointed out that it seemed to have served him well up until then. He went on to play with another and completed his ton !

Hilaire, Vince I played cricket with Vince for London Borough of Newham. He was the funniest guy in the dressing rooms. Joked about everything and everybody, life of our young Newham team. Great cricketer.

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