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Cyrille Regis funeral: Tributes to a football legend

Fans have paid tribute to legendary footballer Cyrille Regis ahead of his funeral.

The French Guiana-born striker made his debut at at West Bromwich Albion in 1977.

At a time when successful black British footballers were a rarity, became a cult hero at the club.

Cyrille Regis was much-loved player for four football teams in the Midlands. Credit: PA

Along with Brendan Batson and Laurie Cunningham, he was part of the first British side to field three black players in the same team.

They were affectionately known as the 'Three Degrees', in tribute to the soul band. A statue is still in talks to be erected as a tribute to three players who pioneered a generation.

  • Sheila Ferguson of The Three Degrees pays tribute to Cyrille Regis

In 1984, Regis signed for Coventry City, where he worked with manager John Sillet. It was there where he won his most prestigous trophy - the FA Cup.

After Coventry he stayed in the Midlands, first playing for Aston Villa and then for Wolves.

After his playing career finished, he was honoured with an MBE for his services to the sport.

He also had an autobiography published with his friend Chris Green.

He died from a heart attack earlier this month, at the age of 59.

Fans hold a banner in memory of Cyrille Regis. Credit: PA