Black History Month: Remembering Cyrille Regis MBE

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Cyrille Regis was a member of the so-called “Three Degrees” and a face that helped changed British football.


Credit: West Bromwich Albion
Laurie Cunningham, Cyrille Regis and Brendon Batson “Three Degrees”

In the 1970’s West Bromwich Albion made the bold decision to sign three black players: Laurie Cunningham, Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis.

This was unusual in British football and many fans were happy about it. However the manager at the time, Ron Atkinson, gave the trio the name that would never be forgotten, ‘The Three Degrees’ after the popular US pop group.

Cyrille Regis and his team mates faced many challenges. Fans would shout monkey chats and throw bananas at them. Sadly, this became the norm in the late 70’s.

Despite what was going on around them, the three players let their skills do the talking for them. The team started to flourish.

With an increase in media and technology the men use this to their advantage. The three men worked together to fight against prejudice and racism.

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regis then went on to be the third black footballer to play for England, six appearances as an under 21, and five apperances in the senior team.

Also being one of the first black British players in a World Cup team.

His huge achievements mean he will never be forgotten for what he did for the young black men of today and many more to come.

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