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|Full name||Paul Alexander Hinshelwood|
|Date of birth||14 August 1956|
|Place of birth||Bristol, England|
|Playing position||Right back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Paul grew up in Croydon, and in 1969, Paul (along with his brother Martin) played in the final of the London FA Schools Cup, watched by Crystal Palace manager Arthur Rowe. Rowe was impressed, and the brothers were invited for trials with the club. Both performed well, and were taken on as apprentices.
"Doris", as he was known by the fans, although his dressing room nickname was "Fish", originally began as a striker, but did not play that well in the role. In November 1976, Paul switched to playing at right-back. Along with future England left-back Kenny Sansom, Paul shored up the Palace defence, and the club were promoted twice in three seasons, to reach the First Division in 1979. In that season, Paul only missed one game, as Palace went up as champions.
Palace spent two years in the top flight, and Paul was voted as the fans' "Player of the Year" for both. As well as this, he gained two caps for the England under-21 side.
Paul left Palace in 1983, transferring to Oxford United. There, he won the Third Division title for the first time (Palace had only gone up in third place). He then transferred back to south-London, to Millwall, where he won promotion to Division 2. He was the sold for a nominal sum along with Nicky Chatterton to Colchester United and then went to Non-League Dartford.
Paul's family also have a strong footballing background. His father Wally was a professional footballer in the 1950s & 60s, most notably at Reading and Bristol City. His older brother Martin played for Crystal Palace before his career was cut short because of injury, and is currently Director of Football at Brighton. Paul's son Adam is also a retired professional and his son Paul Jr also had a football career. His nephew (Martin Hinshelwood's son) Danny also had a brief career in professional football.
In 2005, Paul was named in Palace's Centenary XI.
- Football League Second Division Winner (1): 1978–79
- Football League Third Division Winner (1): 1983–84
- Football League Third Division Winner (1): 1984–85
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- "Tier Three (League One) Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk.