All at the Sky Blue Trust are deeply shocked and saddened to hear todays awful news about Cyrille Regis.
Many players these days are described as “legends” but few really fit the bill. Cyrille was most certainly one that did.
Not just for the way he graced the field of play, and anyone who ever saw him play will tell you what a fine player he was, but also in the way he conducted himself both on and off the pitch.
Sky Blues fans of a certain generation still wax lyrical about Cyrilles contribution to the fabled 87 cup win; his incredible goal at Hillsborough in the quarter final against Sheffield Wednesday; the way he led the line with power, aggression and flair; his inspirational performances throughout his stay at Coventry City.
Cyrille was the sort of player fans love, massively talented, exciting to watch and a man who scored great goals, not just for the Sky Blues but also for West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Wolves. It says everything about Cyrille that wherever he went on his footballing travels he was adored. Not necessarily a great goal scorer …but a scorer of great goals. A player who led by example.
He was also a trailblazer. One of only a small number of black players in the game, he was subject to abhorrent racist abuse in his early playing days. He responded with dignity, power and the best answer possible, spectacular winning performances.
One of the finest players to grace the shirt of Coventry City his untimely death at the ridiculously early age of 59 has left many city fans distraught.
Our thoughts are with Cyrille’s family at this incredibly sad time.
He will be greatly missed.
A gentleman, an ambassador, an inspiration…and without doubt a legend !