Julia Regis, wife of Cyrille, during the memorial service for Cyrille Regis at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.

Cyrille Regis’ lifetime achievements honoured with special award

Cyrille Regis’ life and career has been honoured with a special posthumous award.

The former star player and Stellar Group agent, who died in January, was awarded the Pride of Birmingham Award for Lifetime Achievement.

As the award was announced, the audience at the University of Birmingham’s historic Great Hall erupted with cheers and then sang the football terrace anthem “Nice One, Cyrille!”

The award was presented to Cyrille’s widow Julia Regis by football legends Dion Dublin and Brendon Baston alongside West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Pardew.

Accepting the award, Julia said: “Cyrille had many proud moments in his life and achieved so much, not just as a footballer but also as a family man, a friend, a mentor, an advocate and a champion for those in need.

“He received many accolades in his lifetime for his achievements both in relation to football and his charitable work. Yet of all the honours Cyrille received, I know that if he were here to accept this award it would be one of his proudest moments of all.”

The annual Pride of Birmingham awards, this year hosted by Coronation Street star Kym Marsh, recognises courage, caring, compassion and community.

The announcement of Cyrille’s award mentioned not only his contribution to football, the Christian faith and charity but also the key role he played in confronting racism in football and society in general.

Commenting on the award, Stellar Group Chairman Jonathan Barnett, said: “Everyone at Stellar was proud to work alongside Cyrille and I know he would have been very proud to be honoured in this way by a city that meant so much to him.

“Cyrille’s tremendous legacy and our memories of this giant of a man will live in our hearts forever.”