The Celebration Statue 1979

A Tribute to Cyrille Regis, Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham


The Statue




The Magazine

Frank Skinner

Laurie Cunningham. The most gifted of players.

Ghosting past vicious 1970s tackles unscathed and scoring the most outrageous of goals he was and is a true footballing legend.

He was first introduced to the Baggies fans in a home Cup tie with Leyton Orient. After the match he was the only subject of conversation and it was no surprise that the Albion wasted no time in signing him. He did not disappoint.

As those fans who, as a matter of family honour, watch the dvd of the 3-5 game v Manchester United every Christmas, will attest, he could rise above even bone hard pitches and blizzards to weave his magic and there can be no doubt that he would have been just as big a star in today's game as he was then.

He is sorely missed.


Laurie Cunningham – the first black player to appear in a competitive game for Albion and also in a senior England game - trained with Arsenal as a schoolboy but was ‘kicked out’ of Highbury because of his unpunctuality and erratic nature. His colleague and future England ‘B’ international, Glenn Roeder, was shown the door as well. Both players joined another London club, Leyton Orient, and almost immediately Laurie was voted ‘Player of the Tournament’ in a youth competition in Holland in 1973-74.

Laurie Cunningham
Personal information
Full name Laurence Paul Cunningham
Date of birth (1956-03-08)8 March 1956
Place of birth Archway, London, England
Date of death 15 July 1989(1989-07-15) (aged 33)
Place of death Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1977 Leyton Orient 75 (15)
1977–1979 West Bromwich Albion 86 (21)
1979–1984 Real Madrid 44 (13)
1983 Manchester United (loan) 5 (1)
1983–1984 Sporting Gijón (loan) 30 (3)
1984–1985 Marseille 30 (8)
1985–1986 Leicester City 15 (0)
1986–1987 Rayo Vallecano 37 (3)
1987 Charleroi 1 (0)
1988 Wimbledon 6 (2)
1988–1989 Rayo Vallecano 19 (1)
National team
1977–1978 England U21 6 (2)
1978 England B 1 (0)
1979–1980 England 6 (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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