The Celebration Statue 1979

A Tribute to Cyrille Regis, Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham

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Cyrille Regis. A true football legend.

An exciting, prolific and whole-hearted centre-forward who thrilled crowds with pace, strength and power, he had a penchant for scoring spectacular goals and inspired generations of black British players to follow his footsteps.

Born in French Guiana, Cyrille's career reads like a film script. He was spotted playing Sunday morning football on Regents Park in London at 17, and after impressive seasons at non-League clubs Molesey and Hayes, was snapped up by West Brom for just £5,000 in 1977.

A Roy of the Rovers style debut in a League Cup tie against Rotherham, in which Cyrille scored twice, was followed by a wonder goal on his league debut against Middlesbrough.

Regis won PFA Young Player of the Year in 1978, played for the England Under-21 and senior teams and scored 112 goals in 297 appearances in seven seasons for West Brom.

He joined Coventry City in 1984 where he won the only trophy of his career, the FA Cup, in 1987.

A smattering of goals for Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City brought a gradual closure to a distinguished 19 year professional career.

Cyrille received an MBE in 2008.

The Celebration Statue will be a permanent memory of Cyrille's iconic status both in the game and in the West Midlands.

CYRILLE REGIS - DID YOU KNOW?

Cyrille scored 'debut' goals in five different competitions for Albion.

He netted after 22 minutes in his first reserve team game v. Sheffield Wednesday on 27 August 1977; struck twice at home (one a penalty) against Rotherham United in a League Cup-tie four days later; scored a beauty on his Football League debut at home to Middlesbrough on 3 September 1977; was on target in his first FA Cup-tie v. Blackpool on 7 January 1978 and slotted home again in his first Tennent Caledonian Cup game against Southampton at Ibrox Park on 5 August 1978.

He also found the net in his first kick-about with his new team-mates on the training ground.

 

Cyrille Regis
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-02-09) 9 February 1958 (age 55)
Place of birth Maripasoula, French Guiana, France
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
19751976 Molesey
19761977 Hayes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19771984 West Bromwich Albion 237 (82)
19841991 Coventry City 238 (47)
19911993 Aston Villa 52 (12)
19931994 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 (2)
19941995 Wycombe Wanderers 35 (9)
19951996 Chester City 29 (7)
Total 610 (159)
National team
19781982 England U21 6 (3)
19781980 England B 3 (0)
19821987 England 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Appearances (Goals).

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

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