Vincent Osamabiku (Michael Price) 1997-1998

First Regular Appearance: 1.1 (#1)  Tuesday 14th October 1997

Last Regular Appearance: 1.38 (#38)  Wednesday 18th February 1998

Duration: EP: 1 - 38 ½ SE: 1.1 – 1.38

Squad Number/Position: (#39) Youth Team (1997-1998)

Last Seen: Quietly leaving after his drugs test comes back positive, without saying goodbye to best friend Sean.

 

 

Vincent was in the Harchester United youth team and lodged at the digs run by the Baker family. He met Sean Hocknell when he arrived in the team, having followed his older brother Dean down from Newcastle. When Sean also moved in with the Bakers, he and Vincent quickly became best friends and the other's sidekick, where mischief was always involved. Team coach Frank Patcham believed the two were bad influences on each other, with Sean, who was the better player of the two, not taking his full potential to be as good as his brother seriously.

Sean and Vincent spend their nights partying in Studs, lounging in the health club or when at home, winding up the studious Zoe. Sean is better with the girls too than Vincent, and while he has the hots for Trudi and is carrying a secret torch for Zoe, Vincent brings the attentions of Zoe's best friend Gemma! After getting with Gemma, Vincent's group of friends notice he is being secretive, and when Warren catches sight of him walking with an unknown man, there is suspicion Vincent might be hiding being gay. Vincent gives Warren the explanation - he made a deal with his mom that he would keep his English A-Level studies up alongside his football, and the man he was seen with was his tutor.

 

When Zoe gets a boyfriend in Noah, Sean is jealous but suspicious that Noah is bad news. He persuades Vincent of this, and led by Sean they set about catching Noah with another woman. While Vincent is supposed to be keeping an eye on Noah at the university, he is busy getting off with another student - and Noah's other woman turns out to be his mother visiting from Australia!

While the boys had a lot of fun, including Vincent being one fifth of a 'Spice Boys' performance at the club's Christmas party, there were serious times ahead. The crunch was coming where Vincent was needed to be at his best in order to reach the prospect of gaining a first team contract, where all of his team mates around him were heading. He always knew he wasn't as talented as Sean, but hoped to be on the same level as Warren or Conor who were both in with a chance. In order to improve his chances Vincent begins to use performance enhancing drugs, but it comes back on him when the club holds a random drugs test which Vincent is forced to take part. His results come back positive and Vincent tells a shocked Sean he knows it is all over for him because he is guilty. Sean wants Vincent to fight, but is gutted when he comes up to his room one night to find his best mate has packed his things and left without saying goodbye.