Cyrille Regis dies aged 59, Aston Villa fans pay tribute

Football is in mourning today over the death of former England international Cyrille Regis, who has passed away at the age of 59.

The striker played most of his career at West Bromwich Albion and Coventry, where he made more than 200 appearances for both clubs.

During the latter stages of his career, Regis had spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City, as well as Aston Villa, who have paid their own tribute to the late forward.

Not only did Regis impress on the football field by scoring more than 100 goals, he was also a pioneer for black footballers.

While playing alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Baston, the trio were nicknamed the Three Degrees by their manager Ron Atkinson.

The group were subjected to racist abuse in the 1970s, and all three will be honoured with a 10ft statue called ‘The Celebration’ in West Bromwich later in the season.

Regis moved to Villa in 1991, and despite playing just two years of his career at the Midlands outfit, he made an impression on the fans, many of whom have paid tribute on Twitter.