RIP CYRILLE Cyrille Regis dead: Ex-England, West Brom and Coventry star passes away aged just 59 of suspected heart attack

Former Baggies, Sky Blues, Villa and Wolves striker became only the third black player to play for England and won the FA Cup in 1987

15 January 2018 - 10:15

WEST BROM legend Cyrille Regis has died aged 59 of a suspected heart attack.

The former Baggies, Coventry City and England striker was idolised by the Hawthorns faithful.

Cyrille Regis is one of West Brom's best-loved players

Part of Albion's trailblazing team of the late 70's and early 80's, Regis famously linked up with iconic black West Brom stars Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson to devastating effect.

The 'Three Degrees' broke the mould in English football and helped pave the way for countless black players to break through and change English football.

Their dazzling 5-3 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in 1978 has gone down in club folklore.

But Regis and his team-mates were also subjected to racist abuse from the stands during an era of tremendous change in the national game.

 After Viv Anderson and Laurie Cunningham, Regis was the third black footballer to represent England
 
After Viv Anderson and Laurie Cunningham, Regis was the third black footballer to represent England
 He has a chat with a team-mate while in action for West Brom
 
He has a chat with a team-mate while in action for West Brom
 Regis played at the Midlands' biggest clubs, including Aston Villa later in his career
 
Regis played at the Midlands' biggest clubs, including Aston Villa later in his career
 Laurie Cunningham and Regis linked up brilliantly together for West Brom before Cunningham joined Real Madrid in 1979
 
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Laurie Cunningham and Regis linked up brilliantly together for West Brom before Cunningham joined Real Madrid in 1979
 

Regis won five caps for England  between 1982 and 87, despite being eligible to play for France, having been born in French Guiana in 1958.

He became only the third black player to be capped by England when made his debut in a 4-0 win over Northern Ireland in the Home International Championship at Wembley, coming on for Trevor Francis.



But it was in the top tier of English football that his goal-scoring feats were most lauded, netting a stunning 158 league goals.

In 1984 he moved to Coventry City for £250,000 where he continued where he left off at the Hawthorns, firing in 62 goals at Highfield Road.

Regis is survived by his second wife Julia.

Cyrille Regis fires in the 81/82 Goal of the Season for West Bromwich Albion against Norwich City
 Former British sprinter John Regis (right) and Cyrille were cousins - with the athlete going on to win World Championship gold and Olympic silver
 
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Former British sprinter John Regis (right) and Cyrille were cousins - with the athlete going on to win World Championship gold and Olympic silver
 Pictured lifting the FA Cup in 1987, it was Cyrille Regis' only major trophy in football
 
Pictured lifting the FA Cup in 1987, it was Cyrille Regis' only major trophy in football
 Beaming after scoring against Sheffield Wednesday, Cyrille Regis was a big hit at Coventry City
 
Beaming after scoring against Sheffield Wednesday, Cyrille Regis was a big hit at Coventry City

 

Cyrille Regis: Life and times

 

Born: February 9, 1958 – Maripasoula, French Guiana.

Moved to Britain aged five after his father moved to London, where he attended Kensal Rise Primary School and Cardinal Hinsley School in Harlesden.

Offered a trial by Chelsea… but had to miss it because of a hamstring injury.

Position: Striker.

Clubs: Molesley (1975-76), Hayes (1976-77), West Brom (1977-84), Coventry (1984-91), Aston Villa (1991-93), Wolves (1993-94), Wycombe (1994-95), Chester City (1995-96).

International: England (5 caps), England U21 (2 caps), England B (3 caps).

Awarded an MBE in 2008.

Cousin of former Great Britain sprinter and World Champ John Regis – and uncle of Jason Roberts.

His only major trophy in football came in 1987 when he won the FA Cup with the Sky Blues, starting at Wembley as they beat Tottenham 3-2

Regis was honoured by the Queen in 2008 with an MBE and returned to West Brom as a coach before becoming an agent.

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