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Metro tram named after West Brom legend Cyrille Regis

The tram was unveiled to mark a year after his death Credit: ITV Central

A Metro tram has been named after a former West Bromwich Albion legend, to mark a year since his death.

Cyrille Regis died of a heart attack in January 2018, aged 59. His death shocked the football world.

Today (18 January) his family and former team mates gathered in Wednesbury to see the unveiling of the tram.

Cyrille Regis died of a heart attack, aged 59. Credit: PA

During his football career he played for four clubs in the Midlands; West Bromwich Albion, Coventry, Aston Villa and Wolves.

He paved the way for black players during the 1970s and 80s, inspiring a generation of black youngsters to follow in his steps.

Laurie Cunningham, Cyrille Regis and Brendon Batson were nicknamed 'The Three Degrees' Credit: ITV Central

He played alongside former West Bromwich Albion player Brendon Batson, who recently dedicated his honorary degree to Regis and Laurie Cunningham.

The trio were nicknamed the ‘Three Degrees’ by Ron Atkinson after West Bromwich became the first top-flight club to field three black players at once in the late 70s.