Footballing pioneer Cyrille Regis will be ‘deeply missed’

Cyrille Regis, West Bromwich Albion

Cyrille Regis, the former West Brom and England forward, has died aged 59.

Regis was a pioneer for black footballers in the game when he played alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson at The Hawthorns.

Regis scored 112 goals in 297 appearances for West Bromwich Albion and won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award in 1978/1979.

PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor paid tribute to Regis: “Cyrille was a true legend and great pioneer for equality.

“A former PFA Young Player of The Year and real gentleman who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends at this sad time.”

Cyrille Regis, PFA Young Player of the Year 1978/79 

Regis joined Coventry City for £250,000 in 1984 and went on to score 62 goals in 274 appearances for the Sky Blues and was a crucial part of their FA Cup-winning side in 1987.

He won five caps for England and went onto play for Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City before retiring from football in October 1996.

Regis was appointed an MBE in 2008, returned to West Brom as a coach before becoming a football agent.

Former players have been paying their tributes to an inspirational centre-forward: