Pioneering footballer Cyrille Regis has been inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame.
The participant’s widow Julia was offered with the award by former England winger John Barnes in Birmingham.
Mrs Regis stated the household was “immensely proud” of the influence the previous West Bromwich Albion (WBA) participant made.
Regis, who died final yr aged 59, was seen as a trailblazer for black footballers and given an MBE in 2008.
He scored greater than 200 objectives in slightly below 750 appearances throughout knowledgeable profession that spanned 20 years, earlier than retiring from soccer in 1996.
Regis made 297 appearances for WBA after signing for the membership in 1977.
He gained 5 England caps and likewise had spells taking part in for Coventry City, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wycombe Wanderers.
The Hall Of Fame exhibition in Manchester celebrates the achievements of those that have made an excellent contribution to soccer.
Previous inductees embody Sir Bobby Robson, George Best and England ladies’s participant Kelly Smith.
Tim Desmond, head of the National Football Museum, known as Regis a “pioneer and role model” and stated he was the primary inductee in a “refreshed” exhibition that will have fun variety within the recreation.
John Barnes stated it was an honour to be presenting the award in reminiscence of the “iconic” participant who was an inspiration to so many black footballers.
“Cyrille was a superstar on so many levels but remained grounded and humble,” he stated.
The presentation occurred at Villa Park throughout a mentoring occasion organised by the Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust “Strike A Change” challenge.
Julia Regis, chair of the belief, stated she was touched by the gesture.
She stated: “Cyrille always had time for people. The tributes over the past 18 months have been so overwhelming and just go to show how much people thought about him.”
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