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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.

WATCH: Charlton, Coventry fans toss hundreds of plastic pigs onto pitch

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Pigs in the Valley is neither a new concessions item at Charlton Athletic, nor a Pink Floyd B-side.

Nope, it’s reality at The Valley, home of Charlton, as fans of both the hosts and Coventry City have tossed hundreds of plastic pink pigs on the field in protest of ownership. The supporters also had a joint march to the stadium.

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The match was held up for more than a handful of minutes, as documented by Charlton broadcaster Louis Mendez on Twitter.

You never like to see matches held up, but also have to admit it’s a clever and eye-catching protest.

English striker Joe Cole heading to NASL side Tampa Bay

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Joe Cole left Aston Villa for Coventry City earlier this year, and now the 56-times capped England man is coming to the North American Soccer League (NASL).

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Cole has two goals and six assists in 22 games for the Sky Blues since arriving this season, and the 34-year-old would be the latest World Cup veteran to head to the NASL.

The striker had 10 goals for England, and has also played for West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Lille and West Ham United.

Here’s Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray, courtesy the BBC:

“I would have liked to have kept Joe,” said City boss Tony Mowbray. “He has proved his fitness and worth to the team

“He’s a fantastic character. No airs and graces, not looking for favours or extra days off and has shown his football ability.

“He can help us control matches but he’s made his decision for his family, and we wish him well. It might happen pretty quickly if he can get international clearance.”

Tampa is 3-2-2 to start the NASL season, and boasts a roster with Darwin Espinal, Eric Avila, Georgi Hristov and Freddy Adu.

Andy Rose skips Seattle for return to England with Coventry City

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Australian midfielder Andy Rose is leaving Major League Soccer for a job with Coventry City in England’s third tier.

Rose, 25, spent his youth career at Bristol City before spending 2008-2011 at UCLA, a college stint that made him the sixth overall pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft (Real Salt Lake).

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After a trade to the Sounders, Rose made 107 appearances with 10 goals and 7 assists in parts of four seasons in Seattle.

Rose joins notable names Joe Cole, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Adam Armstrong in the West Midlands. The League One side in in fourth place, five points behind leaders Burton Albion and two back of automatic promotion.

The departure is another hit to Seattle’s depth after the club traded Lamar Neagle earlier this offseason.

Coventry City is really, really, really excited about Joe Cole

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It’s not all that often that a three-time Premier League champion spends time in League One.

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So it’s probably best to let Coventry City phrase it for us, because many of us are probably reacting the same way to the above headline.

It’s an “emergency loan” from Aston Villa, but Cole will certainly welcome the playing time. The 33-year-old has made a grand total of 51 PL appearances in the past four seasons between Liverpool, West Ham and Villa. His goal total? Seven.

You’ll be familiar with Cole’s manager, Tony Mowbray, and here’s what he says about the 35-day deal:

“I’m delighted to welcome such a high-calibre player to the club. … I’ve met with Joe and he has watched us play several times this season. He likes the way we play the game and because of that, he has shown a real enthusiasm to come and play for the club.”
They’re excited. And frankly, we’ll be interested to see what the longtime Chelsea man does down a couple leagues. Now are unrelated Coles like Andy (43 years old) and Carlton (free agent) interested in a spell with the Sky Blues?