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 agree
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
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 future.
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!
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
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!
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 his
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 world
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
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 great player.
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.