Former England striker Cyrille Regis dies

Cyrille Regis

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

Former West Brom and England striker Cyrille Regis has died at the age of 59 after suffering a suspected heart attack.

He subsequently moved to Coventry City where, as the highlight of a seven-year stint from 1984-91, he lifted the FA Cup in the thrilling 1987 final, won 3-2 against Tottenham Hotspur.

His most prolific time as a striker was with West Brom, for whom he scored 112 goals in 297 appearances.

After his playing career ended in 1996 at Chester City, he moved back to West Brom as a coach before becoming an agent.

It was with Coventry and West Brom with whom Regis spent the lion's share of a career that began with the striker earning £5-a-week at Surrey side Molesey to supplement the £20 he earned on building sites working as an apprentice electrician.

Along with Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, the trio forced their way into Ron Atkinson's plans in the late seventies, despite their skin tone.

His spectacular strike against Norwich City in the FA Cup won Match of the Day's Goal of the Season award for 1981-82. He was a role model for so many because he always treated everyone he met with kindness and respect.

"He was a majestic player on the ball, he had great vision, good touch and strength and pace, unbelievable pace off the mark".

"Cyrille and I were soulmates".

"He will be deeply missed. What a legacy. Rest In Peace".

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

"No one can underestimate the influence he had on the game or British black culture".

After retiring from the game, Regis worked as an agent for the Stellar Group, the company which represents Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.

The news of Regis's death broke on this morning through the WBA Former Players Twitter account.

Broadcaster and West Brom supporter Adrian Chiles praised the way in which he had dealt with racism.

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