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 Post subject: Cyrille Regis dead at 59
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:01 am 
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May he RIP. One of the pioneers for black footballers in England.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/20 ... es-aged-59


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One of the "Three Degrees" at West Brom.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:07 am 
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One of my heroes as a young lad. Only Brendan Batson still standing from the "Three Degrees". Laurie Cunningham's gone, now Big Cyril.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:24 am 
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Rest in Power Sir.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:26 am 
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Wow. Shocking. Cyril is gone. Rest in perfect peace pioneer...

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Cyrille, was one of my early football hero and one of the few black faces on Tiger and Roy of the Rovers comics, but his main achievement was his battle against racism (Racist fans, football management and the racist media).

It was a horrendous period in football and the like of Cyrille and many others lay the foundation for many black footballers and managers in the UK and all over the world.


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realtrouble wrote:
Cyrille, was one of my early football hero and one of the few black faces on Tiger and Roy of the Rovers comics, but his main achievement was his battle against racism (Racist fans, football management and the racist media).

It was a horrendous period in football and the like of Cyrille and many others lay the foundation for many black footballers and managers in the UK and all over the world.

It was? and it is still is...I keep hearing it has improved bloody liars......

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:50 pm 
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Is it not an indictment of the racism of the England selectors that he won only 5 caps?


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Prince wrote:
realtrouble wrote:
Cyrille, was one of my early football hero and one of the few black faces on Tiger and Roy of the Rovers comics, but his main achievement was his battle against racism (Racist fans, football management and the racist media).

It was a horrendous period in football and the like of Cyrille and many others lay the foundation for many black footballers and managers in the UK and all over the world.

It was? and it is still is...I keep hearing it has improved bloody liars......
Prince, to say racism in football hasn't improved since the days of Cyril Regis is to be ignorant of what the UK was like in the 60s and 70s.
Of course its nowhere near good enough but let's keep things in proper perspective.
If you want to know what racism in the UK (and in its football) was like before you came over, send me a polite PM and I will fill you in. :D

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:46 pm 
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Oh No! :sad:
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Damunk wrote:
Prince wrote:
realtrouble wrote:
Cyrille, was one of my early football hero and one of the few black faces on Tiger and Roy of the Rovers comics, but his main achievement was his battle against racism (Racist fans, football management and the racist media).

It was a horrendous period in football and the like of Cyrille and many others lay the foundation for many black footballers and managers in the UK and all over the world.

It was? and it is still is...I keep hearing it has improved bloody liars......
Prince, to say racism in football hasn't improved since the days of Cyril Regis is to be ignorant of what the UK was like in the 60s and 70s.
Of course its nowhere near good enough but let's keep things in proper perspective.
If you want to know what racism in the UK (and in its football) was like before you came over, send me a polite PM and I will fill you in. :D


I wanted to correct him but I'm glad you have. You cannot eradicate racism but you can make it unacceptable for racist behaviours and opinions.
A lot of good people have been fighting the cause, so we must acknowledge the gains. We now see a lot of black players in the game. We have a fair bit to go but we've come a long way as well

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:55 pm 
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Shocking news, may he RIP

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Na wa oh? So Young? Only God knows how the stress of being a forerunner and enduring such malice and hatred may have taken a toll on his soul and body .... Great man :thumb:

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cic old boy wrote:
One of my heroes as a young lad. Only Brendan Batson still standing from the "Three Degrees". Laurie Cunningham's gone, now Big Cyril.



May he RIP.

He died at 59.

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Wow. RIP Cyrille. Never saw him play, but read about him in the soccer mags that made it to Canada in those days before blanket soccer coverage.

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A pioneer. May he RIP

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We have come a long way. Do you that it was not until 1978 that a black first player featured for England. Up until then, it was official not to play them as they were not "English enough." Players like Regis and Anderson suffered unbelievable racism, which we can only imagine today.

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Sir Alf Ramsey made it clear that he would never feature black players in his team. It was not until Ron Greenwood became manager in 1977 that the embargo was lifted.

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RIP ! Football pioneer like Malcom X & Martin Luther King before him brought about change in the English game was very vocal.


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Ayo Akinfe wrote:
We have come a long way. Do you that it was not until 1978 that a black first player featured for England. Up until then, it was official not to play them as they were not "English enough." Players like Regis and Anderson suffered unbelievable racism, which we can only imagine today.

Viv Anderson went to 2 WCs, 1982 & 1986 without getting to kick the ball at either tournaments

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