English football in mourning over passing of Cyrille Regis

Cyrille Regis

GETTY SG LEGEND Cyrille Regis has died at the age of 59

The attacker then moved to Coventry, bagging 238 league appearances and 47 goals. After school, he earned a City and Guilds diploma as an electrician, but played Sunday league and non-league football while working full-time.

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Regis also won five England caps and was appointed an MBE in 2008.

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".

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Regis later played for Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City.

West Brom chairman John Williams said: "This is terribly shocking and upsetting news and our thoughts and condolences are with Cyrille's family".

Apart from being a powerful and talented striker, Regis inspired a generation of black players at a time when they were a rarity in the top echelons of English football and were regularly subjected to racial abuse from crowds.

Regis won the FA Cup with Coventry in 1987 and ended up making 238 appearances for the club.

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He became only the third black player to be capped by England when made his debut in a 4-0 win over Northern Ireland.

"Cyrille was a pioneer in British football and hugely respected by everyone in the game".

Regis was employed as an agent by the Stellar Group, whose chief executive Jonathan Barnett said: "Cyrille was a wonderful person to work with and his death has left everyone in the company and the players he represented with a great sense of sadness". He was also the agent of sprinter John Regis, who set the United Kingdom 200 metres record in 1994, with a time of 19.87 seconds, which still stands as the national record today.

The trio were honoured with a statue, called The Celebration, in West Bromwich in 2014.

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TRIBUTES are paid to footballing pioneer Cyrille Regis, a Monmouthshire councillor has recalled meeting the former England striker.

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