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Albion to celebrate the late Cyrille Regis

TRIBUTE: Cyrille Regis

WEST BROMWICH Albion Football Club will take on Coventry City at The Hawthorns on Saturday, July 28. The teams will be playing for the inaugural Cyrille Memorial Trophy, a commemorative fixture in tribute to the football legend.

FA Cup great Regis was an inspiration both off and on the pitch. He's recognised worldwide as a trailblazer for black footballers as well as a leading figurehead in the fight against racism.

During his professional career that spanned across 19 years, Regis played 238 games and scored 47 goals for the Sky Blues and was part of the Wembley winning team from 1987.

Baggies Head Coach Darren Moore said of the upcoming match: "It promises to be a great occasion and a pre-season friendly which is a special tribute match.

"It's a day of celebration for all Midlands football and hopefully, The Hawthorns will be packed full of supporters enjoying a game which means a lot to everyone. Both us and Coventry will be going at it hammer and tongs a week before our respective seasons start."

Regis’s widow Julia who spoke excitedly about the landmark day, said: “It’s a real honour. I think Cyrille would be slightly embarrassed and amused by the attention but that speaks volumes about who he was - understated. In our grief, we have taken great comfort by the love everyone has shown and continues to do. It promises to be a great day, a fun day, and we're excited to be a part of it.”

The fixture will be Albion's last summer test before the Sky Bet Championship season kicks off a week later.

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