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Legendary striker Regis dies at 59; One of first black players capped by England

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Trailblazing striker Cyrille Regis has died at the age of 59.

West Brom hails Regis as “one of the great symbols of the fight against racism in Britain as a pioneer for black footballers across this nation and beyond.”

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Regis was a key part of West Brom trio “Three Degrees” with Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, won the 1987 FA Cup with Coventry City and was just the third black player to be capped by England. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire.

He scored 81 goals at West Brom before moving on to pot another 47 at Coventry City in a career with stops at Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe Wanderers, and Chester City.

Tributes poured in for Regis on Monday from across the football world on a day celebrated in the United States for civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.