Ex-West Bromwich Albion striker Cyrille Regis dies aged 59

Cheryl Sanders
January 15, 2018

After being born in French Guiana, Regis later relocated with his family to the borough Brent.

Former West Bromwich Albion, Coventry City and England worldwide striker Cyrille Regis has died at the age of 59, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) said on Monday.

Seven more years would follow with the Sky Blues, where he made 238 appearances and scored a further 47 goals.

He moved to Coventry City in 1984 and won the FA Cup in 1987 as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2.

There, with fellow black players Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, he became one part of the Three Degrees.

Regis earned five caps for England after making his debut for the senior team in 1982.

During his time at The Hawthorns, he would also begin his worldwide career, eventually winning five senior caps after coming through the U21 set-up.

Brian Deane posted: "Hard to believe I'm waking up to hear Cyrille Regis, the man who started the dream for me and many others has died of a heart attack".

West Brom signed Regis in May 1977 for 5,000 pounds.

He was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year for 1978.

Terribly sad news this morning that footballing pioneer Cyrille Regis has died aged 59.

While at Coventry Regis played for England in 1987, coming on as a sub against Turkey.

"Our honest condolences go to his family friends and colleagues".

A playing career that also included stints at Aston Villa and Wolverhampton ended in 1996. Cyrille was a pioneer in British football and hugely respected by everyone in the game.

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