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West Brom pay tribute to Cyrille Regis one year on

By Luke Hatfield | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

West Brom paid tribute to legendary striker Cyrille Regis at half-time during their Championship clash with Norwich - a year following his tragic passing.

Albion paid tribute to the legendary striker a year on from his sad passing.

Albion’s iconic team from the late 1970s gathered on the turf during half-time to honour Regis, who sadly passed away aged 59 in January 2018.

Geoff Snape, chairman of the Former Players’ Association, gathered as many members of the celebrated 1978/79 side that finished third in the First Division as possible for the match against Norwich.

The players watched the game from the Regis Suite, and received their Albion caps on the pitch at half-time.

Cyrille’s children Robert and Michelle collected Regis’s cap on his behalf, while Laurie Cunningham’s niece Rhodene came to collect the former winger’s cap.

The sell-out crowd played their part in a touching tribute to the striker, who scored 81 goals for Albion in more than 240 appearances for the club.

Last season, a stunning tribute was made by the club, performing a scarf raise to the music of 'The Impossible Dream' - the video tribute from that day was played ahead of kick-off and received with a rousing applause from home and away fans alike.

Former full-back Derek Statham was joined by Tony Godden, Brendon Batson, John Wile, Ally Robertson, John Trewick, and Ally Brown at the tribute.

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Tony Brown had already received his cap, and commentated on the game for BBC WM.

Len Cantello, Willie Johnston, and Bryan Robson were unable to attend, while David Mills is currently working as a scout for Leicester.

Martyn Bennett and Kevin Summerfield, who made just three appearances between them that season, had already received their caps.

Ron Atkinson was the manager of that side, but he was also unavailable. However, his assistant Colin Addison was at The Hawthorns for the tribute.

Albion started presenting caps to every first-team player, past and present, last May.

Luke Hatfield

By Luke Hatfield
@LHatfield_Star

Digital Sports Journalist with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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