Brent Council has today paid tribute to former West Brom, Coventry and England forward Cyrille Regis, who has died aged 59.
Born in French Guiana in 1958, Cyrille and his family moved to London in the 1960s, settling in Stonebridge.
He attended Kensal Rise Primary and later Cardinal Hinsley RC Secondary School, before working his way up from non-league football to play for West Bromwich Albion in the top flight of English football.
Regis went on to lift the FA cup with Coventry in 1987, before stints at Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester.
He was made an MBE in 2008 and returned to West Brom as a coach before becoming a football agent.
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said:
“Cyrille was a not only a fantastic talent, but a pioneer in helping football tackle the racial abuse of its players, something that he himself suffered while playing back in the seventies.
“He was a Stonebridge lad who returned to Brent to lift the FA Cup at Wembley and represent England, later collecting an MBE for services to charity and football.
“His passing at the age of 59 is both a huge shock and a very sad loss and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”