Former England striker Cyrille Regis dies

16 January, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
  • Regis won the FA Cup with Coventry in 1987

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.

Ex-West Bromwich Albion striker Cyrille Regis has died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 59, it has been announced.

He was awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours in 2008 for his services to football.

"For the rest of my playing days, it was also a motivation, a reminder that these people were not going to stop me", said Regis, whose role as a pioneer for black players in the game remained a source of deep satisfaction.

Regis was born in French Guiana but moved to London when he was just five.

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Following the news he had passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest, his widow Julia said: "He came into football the hard way and never lost his passion for the game".

While working at talkSPORT, I produced a documentary on his career and had the chance to speak to him at length, you will not meet a more respectful and humble man. He scored twice in a League Cup tie at Rotherham.

The forward, alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, formed a trio nicknamed the Three Degrees and played an integral role in the acceptance of black footballers in the English leagues.

"A wonderful, wonderful player who had everything".

Regis, a swashbuckling striker, scored 112 goals in 297 appearances for Albion before moving on to Coventry, winning the FA Cup in 1987.

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It read: "Cyrille was a true Sky Blues legend, a strong, powerful striker and gentleman".

Cyrille Regis died on January 14, 2018 following an eventful career that took him from non-league to the Premier League, and saw him play five times for England.

I jumped first but closed my eyes and waited for impact, open them again to find myself in a heap on the floor, he just looked at me, smiled and trotted off. "A bullet staring up at me".

West Brom are due to unveil a 10-foot statue of Regis, Cunningham and Batson at the Hawthorns this season.

He went into graphic detail about life as a black footballer back then, it wasn't pretty and he wasn't getting the modern day riches to compensate for it. He played four more times, with his last appearance coming in 1987 during an 8-0 rout of Turkey. "Bravery is getting on the pitch and doing your job while bananas are chucked at you".

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