Paul Hilton

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Paul Hilton
birthday October 8, 1959
place of birth OldhamEngland
position Central defense
Years station Games (goals) 1
1978-1984 Bury FC 148 (39)
1984-1989 West Ham United 60 0(7)
1 Only league games are given.

Paul Hilton (born October 8, 1959 in Oldham , Lancashire ) is a retired English football player who played for West Ham United 60 times in the top English division between 1984 and 1989 . He has been a youth coach since the end of his playing career.


Hilton moved from amateur club Chadderton FC to Bury FC in 1978 after scoring three goals in the first half in a friendly for Bury against Newcastle United . Hilton, who as a center forward came among other things to missions in the English national school team, moved from attack to central defense over time. In 1980 he was relegated to the fourth division with Bury and was subsequently one of the best defensive players in the league, which was also reflected in appointments to the PFA Team of the Year in 1982 and 1983 . In February 1984 West Ham manager John Lyall paid £ 100,000 to bring him to the top division. At West Ham United , "Hilts" was scheduled as a substitute defender behind Alvin Martin and Tony Gale , but still made a total of 60 top division appearances.

A series of knee injuries forced Hilton to retire in October 1989, a few months after West Ham was relegated from the top division. Manager Billy Bonds offered Hilton in February 1990 a job as a trainer at the youth academy, which this accepted. In addition, he was given a farewell game in 1991. For the 1992/93 season he took over the position of coach of the West Ham reserve team for a few years.

Between 2001 and 2006, Hilton coached the Ipswich Town U-15 team before working as a youth coach at Gillingham FC for a few months . In April 2007 he returned to the West Ham Youth Academy as a coach.


  • Paul Hilton in: Tony Hogg: Who's Who of West Ham United. London 2005, Profile Sports Media, p. 98 ISBN 1-903135-50-8

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Individual evidence

  1. Hilts delighted to be back at Upton Park (April 25, 2007)