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Premier League open to honouring former England striker Cyrille Regis

Stewart Robson and Alison Bender look back on Cyrille Regis' career and discuss how the former West Bromwich Albion, Coventry and Aston Villa striker will be best remembered.

The Premier League would be open to widespread tributes to Cyrille Regis as calls grew to acclaim the impact of the former England striker.

Former West Brom and Coventry forward died suddenly aged 59 on Sunday.

Everton will hold a minute's applause when they host the Baggies in the Premier League on Saturday but, so far, there are no other tributes planned by top-flight clubs for Regis, who was a pioneer for black players.

Sources tell Press Association Sport the league has yet to receive any requests from clubs but would not stand in the way of further tributes.

Viv Anderson, who was a friend of Regis and also the first black player to win a senior England cap, feels a league-wide effort would be deserved and that anything less would signify a "small-minded'' mentality.

The former Nottingham Forest defender told the Daily Mail: "I would personally like to see him receive a nationwide tribute, because of the groundbreaking impact he had on the game.

"His life and career should be properly recognised. I am bit disappointed that won't be the case.

"It seems small-minded. Cyrille led the way for many black players and he was taken so suddenly. He was still involved in the game, scouting and advising young talent.''

Regis, who played 297 times for West Brom in the 1970s and 80s, was the third black player to be capped by England.

In the 1978/79 season he formed a famous alliance with Cunningham and Brendon Batson, who were nicknamed the Three Degrees by manager Ron Atkinson.

Regis joined Coventry in 1984 and won the FA Cup with the Sky Blues three years later.


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