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.
It is with huge sadness that we hear of the death of our former striker, Cyrille Regis…
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 15, 2018
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.
scored the first goal i ever saw live at villa park in my first match vs oldham in 1992, a moment i will never forget #avfc
— Richard (@richyukdpd) January 15, 2018
R.I.P big Man a true midlands footballing legend & led the way for for black players in the game as the third black player to play for the English national team
— wayne allcock (@WayneAllcock) January 15, 2018
Rest In Peace Cyrille ?
— Craig Williamson (@craigwill85) January 15, 2018
He is a true legend. What he had to go through just to play football. #RIPCyrilleRegis
Heart goes out to all his family and friends. A sad loss and only 59.
— AndyToKnow (@bradfadbad69) January 15, 2018
He scored in my first game at Villa Park vs Coventry – 91/92 him and Yorke I think. Far too young … #RIPCyrilleRegis
— Lee Bradbury (@Bradav55) January 15, 2018
— james deans (@skippyjackson) January 15, 2018
Saw Cyrille once at New Street Railway Station and he stood and had a chat with us about the Villa. a true legend ! R.I.P.
— Vinnyman1 (@VinnymanOne) January 15, 2018
So sad to hear the news First ever Villa goal I saw was by the big man 92 against Forest, 2-1 Villa, Thanks for memories Big Cyril you were loved and will be remembered RIP ????????????
— Quinn Carr (@qc1874) January 15, 2018