I was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Cyrille Regis. He was a great footballer and gentleman. I met him once at a meeting and it was an honour to shake his hand. He was subjected to racist abuse as a player but didn’t become bitter. Before his debut for England, someone sent him a bullet with the message, “If you put your foot on our Wembley turf you’ll get one of these through your knees.” Read his autobiography if you want the full story. It’s an honest account of mistakes made, relationships broken and his faith that helped him change.
I’d spent the weekend feeling rather miserable because Birmingham City had lost. The news about Cyrille Regis put that into perspective. Losing a game is a misfortune, not a tragedy. Losing Cyrille Regis is a great loss. He was a legend who was a source of inspiration for many people. My sympathy to his family and friends.