15 January 2018
It was the news that no fan wanted to wake up to. Albion legend Cyrille Regis died from a heart attack last night at the age of just 59.
Cyrille played 302 games for Albion scoring 112 goals in the process after joining from non-league Hayes. Alongside Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham, his "Three Degrees" team mates, he played a major role in establishing black players in English football despite having to endure a level of abuse that would be totally unacceptable in this day and age.
He went on to play for Coventry, Wolves and Villa but, unlike most who switch sides locally he's remained a hero to all of them. He also played five games for the senior England side after representing them at U21 and B levels and was awarded an MBE in 2008.
After finishing his career with Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City, he went on to be come a successful sports agent and was a regular visitor to the Hawthorns.
RIP Cyrille. The world is a sad place without you.
WBA Official Site: Cyrille Regis (1958-2018)
WBA Official Site: Cyrille Regis in profile
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