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Fans, family and former teammates pay moving tribute to Cyrille Regis

Chants of ‘There’s only one Cyrille Regis’ fill the air at service for trailblazing black footballer

Thousands of football fans, former players and relatives have paid a moving tribute to Cyrille Regis, the “gentle, thoughtful, generous, passionate, determined, resilient giant” who blazed a trail for a generation of black footballers.

In a memorial service at West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns stadium, a crowd of 2,000 fans broke into rapturous applause and chants of “There’s only one Cyrille Regis” – the song that followed him around England’s football terraces in the 1970s and 80s.

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