On the day that Laurie Rampling and Curtis Sport officially launched Laurie’s book about the life of the late great Cyrille Regis, what better venue, than the suite at The Hawthorns that bears the great man’s name, to have another gathering of Association stawarts, for the Friday evening game against Coventry City, another club of course that Cyrille served so well in his wonderful career.

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Of course, there will never ever be another Cyrille Regis, but everyone that knew the great man, watched him play or just remembered Cyrille for the wonderfully humble man that he was, will carry a little piece of Cyrille around within them for the rest of their lives.
As for the evening that duly unfolded, it certainly was yet another ‘Association Opera’, with President Brendon Batson OBE the ‘Guest of Honour’ with a half time pitch presentation and induction into the National Football Museum’s ‘Hall of Fame’ with the formal presentation made by Tim Jesmond, the Museum CEO, accompanied by Jane Bateman. Standing alongside Brendon, was yet another former ‘Baggies warrior’ 90’s midfielder Sean Flynn, who was presented with his club cap by former playing colleagues Bob Taylor and Paul Mardon, and Sean just couldn’t resist entertaining the Hawthorns faithful with his show of ‘time honoured strength’.half a dozen push ups! to the delight of everyone in the Halfords Lane enclosure..
In the Regis Suite Secrtetary Geoff Snape and Treasurer Norman Westbury were joined by Chairman Ray Wilson, Ally Robertson, Brendon and Captain Mardon of course, with cameo appearances from Tony Brown, Andy Johnson and Sky TV’s finest, former Albion striker Don Goodman, an appearance that certainly brought the curtain down on the opera that was played oput with three points from a hard fought 2-1 win over Midlands rivals Coventry..