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Originally posted by Tom-the-eagle

Wonderful player and a joy to watch. A boyhood hero in fact.

Very much the Zaha of his day (although often lacked the final pass)

Didn't he once take part in a friendly involving blacks v whites? Imagine the PC brigade if that game was played today.

It was Jim Cannon's 1st testimonial - he played against a Vince Hilaire X1 which contained only black players.

I remember the WBA game against a black team received loads of publicity whilst ours received very little. Incidentally whilst Cannon was a Palace legion comments in Ian Wright's book has clouded my opinion of him a bit - but playing against a Black X1 in the 80s was pretty groundbreaking.

I loved Hilaire and the crowd always picked up when he had the ball. I can honesty say i have never heard any racism from Palace fans and i put a lot of that down to Vince's influence. Watching football in the 70's and 80's was a difficult time so well done Palace and Vince


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