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West Brom boss Pardew pays tribute to Cyrille Regis

19 January 2018

Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, made representations to Premier League chief Richard Scudamore to demand why nothing had been organised.

Cyrille Regis, footballer. Born: 9 February, 1958 in Maripasoula, French Guiana.

A pioneer of the game, Regis became of the "great symbols" in the fight against racism in football during the 1970s and 1980s. "The world has lost a very precious treasure".

It was John Sullivan, chairman of non-league Molesey, who spotted his potential as a 17-year-old one Sunday morning in Regent's Park, and then top-flight West Brom who took a chance on him after his impressive displays for the Surrey side and Hayes prompted them to invest £5,000 in his services in May 1977.

An EFL spokesman said: 'The EFL understands the strength of feeling throughout football for the impact Cyrille Regis made as a player and as a campaigner for black players in the game.

Strong, quick and direct, he had an excellent touch and a very rare ability to score spectacular goals, typically picking up the ball from just inside the opposition's half, beating a couple of players with a dynamic, powerful run, and then shooting from outside the penalty area with unerring accuracy - as epitomised by his Goal of the Season against Norwich in the FA Cup in 1982.

Former England striker Regis, a trailblazer for black footballers, died suddenly this week aged 59.

Mr. Regis scored 112 times in 297 appearances for West Brom before moving in 1984 to Coventry where he won the FA Cup three years later.

He had spells at Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe and Chester as his playing career drew to a close and following his retirement, spent four years on the coaching staff at the Hawthorns before becoming an agent, a job he carried out until his death.

"Regis was courage personified, " West Brom archivist Dave Bowler wrote on the Premier League club's website.

"Bravery is getting off the team bus only to be confronted by (far-right) National Front protesters who have brought with them a mouth full of phlegm especially for you". Regis once received a bullet in the post, which he kept as a constant reminder not to let the banana-chucking bigots win.

West Brom boss Pardew pays tribute to Cyrille Regis