West Brom legend Cyrille Regis passes away aged 59
PUBLISHED: 09:41 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:41 15 January 2018
Former West Brom and Coventry forward Cyrille Regis has died, aged 59.
The Baggies legend demonstrated what he was capable of against Norwich City in 1982 when he scored a stunning long-range strike in the FA Cup which went on to win the BBC’s Goal of the Season award.
He was a pioneer for black footballers in the game when he played alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson at The Hawthorns, being appointed an MBE in 2008 and a 10ft statue of the trio was unveiled by West Brom in 2014.
Regis won five caps for England between 1982 and 1987, having been one of the stars of the Baggies team between 1977 and 1984.
He scored 112 goals in 297 appearances for Albion before moving on to Coventry, winning the FA Cup with the Sky Blues in 1987.
The Professional Footballers’ Association announced the news on Monday morning and wrote in a tweet from its official account: “A true gentleman and legend, he will be deeply missed. Our sympathies to his family and friends.”
Regis scored the only goal at The Hawthorns to knock the Canaries out in the fifth round in 1982 and spoke to EDP and Evening News writer David Cuffley about his famous strike back in 2012 – ahead of another FA Cup meeting between Norwich and West Brom.
“Ally Robertson lobbed the ball up to me and I chested it down and turned away from Martin O’Neill and Steve Walford, and I had a go and it flew past Chris Woods to his left,” Regis recalled of his 24th-minute winner.
“It was nice because I wasn’t scoring too many at the time.”
• You can re-live that wonderful goal by pressing play on the video above
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