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Auchinleckian
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:13 am 
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Sad news today that one of the iconic black footballers of WBA's Three Degrees has died at the age of 59. A superb athlete, footballer, and nice man to boot.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:36 am 
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Really sad news.
I worked in West Bromwich for about five years and know what he meant to the Baggies fans.
Cyrille was a terrific striker who gave 100% every game.
Hard as nails, but fair with it.
RIP Big Man
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:47 am 
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RIP Cyrille Brilliant player.when West Brom were good
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:58 pm 
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Very sad news, I saw Cyrille play several times, including heading a winner at Anfield for Coventry.

One of the true pioneers for black players in this country.

RIP big fella.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:16 pm 
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I was shocked by this not only because we were roughly the same age.

What a player he was!

RIP and thanks for the bravery when racism was just considered part of society.....
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:58 pm 
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Devastated by this sad news, aged 59 - it's so unfair. Big Cyrille was a true pioneer and nobody ever had anything bad to say about him. A great professional and a trailblazer for black footballers. And what a player.. that televised game with WBA against Man Utd will live forever.

59 for God's sake. I can't believe it.

RIP Big Man.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:09 pm 
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I hope this isn't inappropriate, but I instantly thought about this when I heard the sad news earlier.

When he scored that winner at Anfield, some scally on the Kop shouted ... "F**k off Regis you handsome c**t" ... which brought about much laughter.

From that day on, my buddy & me always referred to him as "Handsome Cyrille."

He was one of those hard-but-fair players that even opposition fans liked and respected.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:24 pm 
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Couldn't agree more with all the tributes to Cyrille Regis on the forum. Saw the big man score a cracker against Everton mid 1980's at Goodison ,when he was playing for Coventry. His physical strength to the fore, he was unstoppable as he bustled his way through the Blues' defence and blasted the ball past the Everton keeper. .The racist stick that Regis, Cunningham and Batson must have been subjected to in the early days when they became West Brom regulars was unbelievable, including being spat at when they got off the team coach. He came through it all a great player and a very dignified man.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:59 pm 
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My first footballing hero, met the man a few times and it was always a pleasure. Absolutely gutted this morning when I found out.

The word legend is banded about way too often for average players for no reason, Cyrille was and always will be a West Brom and a football legend.

RIP big man xx
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:03 pm 
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I only every seen Cyril on Match of the Day, total legend, very sad to hear this today, loved watching him on the Tv, with Bomber Brown and Albion they were some team. Thoughts are with all his family and friends at this very sad time.
RIP Big Cyril.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:18 am 
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Any chance we can change the title on the thread to his correct spelling please ?

Been bugging me all night

CYRILLE
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:22 am 
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FootballcardsDirect wrote:
Any chance we can change the title on the thread to his correct spelling please ?

Been bugging me all night

CYRILLE


Agreed - odd seeing as the OP won on Countdown once!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:22 am 
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CYRILLE REGIS
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:58 am 
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Apologies to Big Cyrille, wish I'd seen it much sooner.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:55 pm 
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What a player he was, my kind of striker.
Sad he's no longer with us.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:09 pm 
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Very moving seeing Dion Dublin talking about Cyrille tonight on Match of the Dog, and getting really choked up (nice supportive pat from Shearer too in fairness). You can see what the big fella meant to players. Same with Brian Deane.

A lad on the County forum hit the nail squarely on yesterday I thought, when he asked why Cyrille had never been knighted. Some things are more important than medals he said, and I must admit, I was nodding in full agreement.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:35 am 
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I've been away. I didn't know he'd passed away till some 10 minutes ago.
59 - so young.

I'm more than stunned.
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