The Celebration Statue 1979

A Tribute to Cyrille Regis, Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham

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Cyrille with Laurie's son Sergio at the unveiling of Laurie's statue at Leyton Orient.

THE FINAL PHASE

For almost six years I have been working with a small group of volunteers to raise £220,000 for the 10 foot bronze Celebration Statue to be erected, and take pride of place, in West Bromwich . The Statue will be a permanent tribute to the work done by Cyrille Regis, Brendan Batson, and Laurie Cunningham in breaking down the racial barriers in football during the early 1980’s.

We have had support from Sandwell Council, the Professional Footballers Association, The Football Association, The League Managers Association, Kick It Out, the West Bromwich Albion Supporters Club, Laurie Cunningham’s family, WBA Former Players Association, businessmen in the Black Country and the fans of West Bromwich Albion who follow the team in good times and bad.

We have also had the enormous personal support of Cyrille Regis – who had worked with us closely since 2012 on developing the statue - from initial drawings to the creation of a maquette and on to the sculpting of a full size clay model. Cyrille even took pride in showing a model of the Celebration Statue to Martin Luther King 111 at Wembley Stadium. However, in spite of all of this we remain just £38,000 short of our target.

The tragic death of Cyrille Regis has devastated everyone involved with the Celebration Statue project – but it has also created a new sense of purpose

We now want to try and complete the Celebration Statue before the 25 April 2018 to mark a very special 40th Anniversary. This was the date when Cyrille Regis, Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham started a game for West Bromwich Albion together for the first time - a 3-1 victory over Everton at The Hawthorns during West Bromwich Albion’s Centenary Year.

Graham Ibbeson has confirmed that he can complete the remaining work required on the statue in two months - but before he can start we will need to raise the final £38,000 foundry costs. We are tantalizingly close and the individual components have already been cast in bronze but they still need to be welded together, fine finished and patinated before statue the before it can be installed.

To this end we have created a crowd funding site where your donations can attract increasingly valuable rewards. The details can be found on the following link:




The Celebration Statue will be a permanent tribute and a lasting legacy - not only to Cyrille – but to Laurie and Brendan - who led the fight against racism in football 40 years ago while playing at the heart of a West Bromwich Albion team lauded throughout the land for its exciting brand of creative attacking football.

Your support in helping to make the Celebration Statue a reality would be very much appreciated – by making a donation or by spreading the word about the Celebration Statue on social media.

Please do not hesitate to contact me personally if you require any additional information.

Jim Cadman

Tel 07971 624627

For further information contact Jim Cadman on 01562 887323 or via email

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