Ex-West Brom star shares nostalgic photo of two club legends, fans react adoringly

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Cyrille Regis tweeted a photo of himself and late former Albion teammate Laurie Cunningham in memory of the ex-England man.

West Bromwich Albion legend Cyrille Regis has sparked nostalgia amongst the club's fans by tweeting a photo of himself and his late Hawthorns teammate Laurie Cunningham.

The two men played alongside each other for the Baggies from 1977 to 1979 under Johnny Giles and later, to increasing prominence and success, under Giles' successor Ron Atkinson.

Under Atkinson, West Brom became one of the most exciting and attractive teams in British football and were spearheaded by Regis, Cunningham, and Brendan Batson, becoming only the second English top-flight team to field three black players in one side.

After scoring 21 goals in 86 league appearances for Albion, and becoming only the second black player to be capped by England, Cunningham became the first British player to transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Whilst on the books of Rayo Vallecano in the twilight of his career, the winger was tragically killed in a car crash in Madrid in 1989 at the age of just 33.

Cunningham would have been 60 on Tuesday, and Regis admitted that his friend and former teammate always remains in his thoughts.

Regis tweeted: "Remembering my good friend Laurie Cunningham, who would have been 60 today. Great memories, always in my thoughts."

West Brom fans and neutrals alike were quick to react to hail the quality and legacy of Cunningham, and show their appreciation for a footballer and man taken far too soon.

 

 

 

 

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