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Martin Hinshelwood

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Full nameMartin Alan Hinshelwood
Playing positionMidfielder

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Martin Hinshelwood (born June 16, 1953) is an English former professional footballer and football club coach and manager. He is currently Director of Football at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Hinshelwood was born in Reading, but grew up in Croydon, and in 1969, (along with his brother Paul) played in the final of the London FA Schools Cup, watched by then 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.

Martin played in the centre of midfield, and quickly fought his way into the team, while his brother initially languished in the lower eschelons of the club.

Martin was part of the team that reached the Semi-final of the 1976 FA Cup, and played in the giant-killings of Leeds United, Chelsea, and of Sunderland (all away from home). In the Semi-final game, Third Division Palace were drawn against Second Division Southampton. Despite the Saints being a tier above the Eagles, Palace were cast as favourites. Martin would miss the game through injury, and some see this as the reason that Southampton beat Palace by two goals to nil.

That injury proved to dominate Martin's career, and it would eventually lead to him retiring from the game, in late 1977.

He went into management in later years at Palace's arch-rivals Brighton & Hove Albion. He originally began as the Youth Coach, but when Micky Adams departed following promotion, he was appointed caretaker manager, along with Bob Booker. Ex-Palace teammate Peter Taylor succeeded Adams, and guided Albion to another successive promotion. He too then left the manager's post, and this time Martin stepped up to the position on a full-time basis. Brighton were now in Division One, and Martin seemed to have a tough season ahead. However, after losing an amazing twelve games on the bounce, Martin was moved to Director of Football, and Steve Coppell came in as manager. Albion were relegated, though Coppell nearly achieved the impossible in keeping the club up. With the departure of Albion manager Russell Slade in November 2009, Martin Hinshelwood was again appointed caretaker manager.

Martin's family also have a strong footballing background. His father Wally was a professional footballer in the 1950s, most notably at Reading and Bristol City. His brother Paul had a long career at Crystal Palace and also represented the England under-21 team. Martin's son Danny had a brief professional career, and his nephews (Paul's sons) Adam and Paul are professionals at Brighton and Torquay respectively.

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