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Born Maripasoula , French Guyana and moving to England in his youth, Regis started work as an electrician, playing for amateur team Hayes F.C. in his spare time. Spotted by Ronnie Allen, he joined First Division club West Bromwich Albion F.C. in 1977, where, under maverick manager Ron Atkinson, he teamed up with fellow black players Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham. It was very unusual for an English club to simultaneously field three black players. The Three Degrees, as they became known, in reference to the contemporary vocal trio of the same name, challenged the established racism of English football and marked a watershed that allowed a generation of footballers to enter the game who would previously have been excluded by their ethnic background.
- Hayes F.C., (1975-1977);
- West Bromwich Albion F.C., (1977-1984);
- Coventry City F.C., (1984-1991);
- Aston Villa F.C., (1991-1993);
- Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., (1993-1994);
- Wycombe Wanderers F.C., (1994-1995); and
- Chester F.C., (1995-1996).
Since retiring from playing, Regis has worked in a variety of coaching roles before becoming an acredited football agent with First Artist Corporation . In the 1995-1996 season, he returned to football as a player with division three side Chester City.
- Matthews, T (2002) Smokin' Joe: Cyrille Regis - 25 Years in Football ISBN 190410309X
- Bowler, D & Bains, J (2000) Samba in the Smethwick End: Regis, Cunningham, Batson and the Football Revolution ISBN 1840181885
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