Vince Hilaire was a talented forward/winger who had made his
name in a length spell at Crystal Palace before enjoying further
success on the South Coast with Portsmouth. Hilaire was one of
Billy Bremner's last signings, and although Wilko did continue to
use him in his first season, there was no place in his squad for
Hilaire as the team pushed for promotion back to Division 1. Vince
was released first on loan and then on a free to Stoke, but he
didn't see much action, and after a season with Exeter he retired
from the professional game. He now does media work, commenting on
Portsmouth games for local radio.
Danielle Hilaire says: well I've got a dodgy story he's my dad!
and he's a bit heavier than 63kg now!
Graham Bennett says: I only had the pleasre of watching him from
the television but Vince Hilaire was so talented yet so underated
as was Laurie Cunningham.
Julian Hilaire says: Vince had the chance to join Arsenal in the
early 80's had he been given the chance to go I think he would have
been an international star along the lines of John Barnes was. He
was smooth, and a quality performer although I am slightly bias I
am sure Palace and Pompey fans who saw him at his very best would
Terry O'Donnell says: I played against Vince in the
Representative games for Southend U16 v SW Essex, Mid Essex
Schoolboys v Newham and can honestly say he was the best player I
ever played against. I went on to play for Southend Utd
professionally but never saw a player like him. What is he doing
now??? I would love to know. I am the same age as him.
Clive Parry says: I grew up in South Norwood during the
seventies, and am, proud to have seen 'Vince the Prince' play for
Crystal Palace. I remember as a ten year old, football dominated
every waking hour of my life. We played before school began, during
breaks, at dinner time and even after school. World Cup fever was
rampant. Every kid on the pitch thought he looked, or played like a
foreign Superstar. Forget that ! I knew we had the real thing, on a
Saturday afternoon at Selhurst park. When Vince got the ball, I
promise you, people expected him to skin one, two or three of their
players alive.The crowd would roar when it came off, and yet still
cheer when the little tricks didn't quite work out. Vince used to
attempt the things that you secretly wished you could do. Why pass
it square, when you could sprint down the wing, daring defenders to
get the ball off of you. I admit I may be looking back on things
with slightly rose coloured specs, but I can assure you that he was
one of the most gifted players i have seen. Good Luck Vince in your
Lauren Harris says: Vince is my mate Danielle's dad and we were
surfing the web and come across this web site! Danielle was
mortified! She said she wrote that ages ago! We thought it was
funny though! hahahaha!
danielle hilaire says: hes a good man and a good dad and i take
back wht i sed i never thought it would come on the internet i hope
he dont see it! he was a good player also and wish he still played
but as he now says "hes too old and too slow!"
Lauren Harris [again....] says: I just thought id tell you vince
what your daughters are like on the way to school, your youngest
always makes a fuss and refuses to do what danielle says, it is so
marc bultitude says: I remember watching Vince Hilaire from the
Holmesdale End at Selhurst Park 79/80 and the chant went "He's here
He's there He's every f***ing where He's Vince Hilaire Vince
Hilaire.He was the first player I saw that played "The Beautiful
Game" A true Palace Hero.
vinces daughter says: i didnt mean wot i sed b4 bout my dad hes
lovely and beyonce u didnt have 2 tel him wot i wrote!!!!!!!!!!
Michael Huggan says: What 80's Song Featured a referance to
vince Hilaire in.
Dave Harkin says: I watched Vince play many times for Pompey,
and when he got hold of the ball there was an air of expectation.
He was very very good at getting penalties as well!!
Darryn Spagg says: Saw him on his debut for Stoke on loan, he
took 4 Brentford Player on before slotting home, lives on in the
memory! Great goal
kane little says: e gos in my dads bar and he go some way
claiming he will be two minutes but he dissapears
kane and dave says: my friend is a pompey fan and he knows
vince, he says he a great man
kane little says: i does his football course and it helps me to
become a bettere all round player, and got stronger in goal
callum davies says: he just moved house and i had to look after
simon webbe says: vince rulez
Richard Payne says: saw Vince play for Pompey between around '84
- '88. On his day he was superb, but he could have off days. Pompey
had a drinking culure among their players at that time and Vince
was rumoured to be too much of a night-clubber - maybe if Vince had
played under an Arsene Wenger-type coach then he could have been
Barry Atrill says: Vince sometimes makes guest appearances as a
commentator on 'The Quay' Radio Station (local Pompey station) and
always shows off keen sense of humour.
Pete says: The 80's tune that mentions Vince is 'Hello' by The
Beloved. I went to the Steve Kember testamonial at Selhurst Park
last week. Vince played in a verterans 11 with a host of other
ex-palace names. I used to watch him as a kid on the Holmsdale
during the late 70's early 80's and he's pretty much the reason I'm
a Palace fan. He was my hero ! He had a great afro too....
Ian says: Genius! My favourite player of all time. He was a joy
to watch, dancing down the touch line, making fools of the
opposition. Should have played for England. Was a man out of his
own time is ome respects, his fancy footwoork would have gone down
better nowadays than it did at Palace in the 70's
Scott Campbell says: The Beloved - Hello .....featured Vince's
Name in the Lyrics and if you combine that fact with the amount of
Pannini 1984 football sticker doubles of Vince I had....well the
mans a LEGEND!
william says: i was a lucky boy seeing vince play from the
homedale end having to jump up and down to see vince flash down the
wing was great felt like we would never be beaten with vince on our
side and our first season in the old first division was great
forgot how many time i lost my voice shout out goal, great times
Robert Parbery says: WE played together for the same junior team
in Forest Gate back in the seventies, FORESTERS.He was some much
better than any of the rest of us,he was also a top cricketer.