Former England striker Cyrille Regis dies

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Former West Brom and England forward Cyrille Regis, who blazed a trail for black players, has died at the age of 59, the Professional Footballers' Association announced on Monday.

He subsequently moved to Coventry City where, as the highlight of a seven-year stint from 1984-91, he lifted the FA Cup in the thrilling 1987 final, won 3-2 against Tottenham Hotspur.

Regis turned to faith after his friend, Cunningham passed away in a tragic auto accident in 1989 His career wouldn't end though - Cyrille moved to Aston Villa from Coventry City, where he was an FA Cup victor, and continued to notch up the goals despite him not getting any younger.

Regis secured a move to Aston Villa in 1991 and also had spells at Wolves and Wycombe Wanderers before ending his career at Chester City.

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That made him the third black England global after Viv Anderson and teammate Cunningham.

All in all, Regis would make 52 appearances for Aston Villa scoring 12 goals, before moving on to Wolverhampton as the Premier League era dawned.

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An early day motion describes Regis as "one of the most talented, dynamic and prolific footballers" of his generation and salutes his efforts to combat racism through his status as a role model.

"But for me, I will never forget Cyrille the footballer - a wonderful, wonderful player who had everything and who defenders of the time would have hated facing".

"He will be deeply missed".

"Cyrille was a pioneer of English football, becoming one of the first iconic Black players of the professional game, alongside former Albion team-mates Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson".

"Our honest condolences go to his family friends and colleagues".

"Ian Wright, a later generation of black players, said "we were like Malcolm X. but Cyrille was like Martin Luther King", Cyrille was always turning the other cheek". The scope of Regis was in that he managed to outlive a number of footballing eras and hold the banner high for black footballers in England.