Strong, muscular and aggressive, he had a terrific shot, his heading ability was top-class and he could leave opponents standing with his devastating speed over 25 to 30 yards.
A snip of a signing from non-League Hayes by Albion manager Ronnie Allen, he went on to win England recognition at full, âBâ and U21 levels, was voted PFA âYoung Footballer of the Yearâ in 1979 and took the runnerâs-up prize behind âFootballer of the Yearâ Steve Perryman in 1982.
Three years after leaving The Hawthorns, Regis helped Coventry win the FA Cup in 1987. He scored over times 50 times for the Sky Blues, and after that was on target for Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City. Also in 1987, Regis was voted The Evening Mailâs âFootballer of the Yearâ and was chosen as the Midlands Soccer Writerâs âPlayer of the Yearâ.
In May 1996, aged 37 years and 86 days, Regis became the oldest player ever to turn out in a League game for Wycombe and during his career, he netted over 200 goals in more than 700 club games. He returned to The Hawthorns as Albion coach (1997-2000). In 2008, he was awarded the MBE in the Queenâs Birthday Honoursâ List.
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