Tributes pour in for Cyrille Regis

Tributes pour in for Cyrille Regis

Tributes pour in for Cyrille Regis

You probably don't need us to tell you that Regis was a titan of the 1970s and 80s footballing landscape, thrashing in 112 goals in 297 appearances for West Brom between '77 and '84 before moving on to do likewise at Coventry City and, later, Aston Villa.

Born in French Guiana, he moved to west London with his family at the age of five and got his big break in when he was spotted by non-league Molesey as a teenager playing in Regents Park before being picked up by West Brom in May 1977 for £5,000.

His 112 goals in 302 appearances helped Albion to third and fourth-placed finishes in the English top flight, also bringing Regis worldwide recognition in the shape of five caps earned between 1982 and 1987.

A playing career that also included stints at Aston Villa and Wolverhampton ended in 1996.

Andy Street, the mayor of the West Midlands region that is home to West Brom, said Regis did "so much to blaze a trail for racial equality in football and will be missed".

Kick It Out has also issued a statement following the death of Cyrille.

In 1982, he became the third black player to be capped by England, following Viv Anderson and Laurie Cunningham.

He famously won the FA Cup with the Sky Blues in 1987.

"But in England I think we've come a long, long way from where we were in the seventies", he added.

Cyrille Regis takes part in a Southampton v All Star XI benefit match for Danny Wallaceat St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, Britain, May 17, 2004. "What a legacy. Rest In Peace".

After initially trying his hand at coaching at West Brom, Regis became a sports agent, where he covered a variety of disciplines outside of football.

"Our deepest condolences go out to Julia and all of Cyrille's family and close friends".

"No one can underestimate the influence he had on the game or British black culture".

Broadcaster and West Brom supporter Adrian Chiles praised the way in which he had dealt with racism.

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