Date of birth
Vince Hilaire rose to prominence as part of Palace's FA Youth Cup-winning side of 1977. The following season the winger made his first-team league debut in the Second Division, whilst also playing his part in the team retaining their trophy.
Hilaire was still in his teenage years for the promotion-winning season of 1978/79, where he was a constant threat with his pace and skill.
In the 1979/80 season he was an ever-present under Terry Venables, ending the campaign with six goals to his name.
The boy from Palace's Academy was recognised at international level that season, too, winning nine England Under-21 caps - on his Three Lions debut for the U21s he scored against Bulgaria in November, 1979.
After a blistering impact Hilaire won the club’s Player of the Season trophy for 1979 and 1980.
After the club’s relegation at the end of the 1980/81 campaign, the Forest Hill youngster stayed at Selhurst Park for three more seasons before departing - after a loan spell in America - to Luton Town in the summer of 1984.
|Signed from||Palace Academy|
|Debut||Lincoln City, March 1977|
|Managers at Palace||Terry Venables, Ernie Walley, Malcolm Allison, Dario Gradi, Steve Kember, Alan Mullery|