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Summary

  1. Widow delivers eulogy to stadium crowd
  2. 'The first time it's been hard to be Cyrille's nephew'
  3. Batson: 'You couldn't intimidate Cyrille by racism'
  4. 'An example for generations of black players'
  5. 'Nice one Cyrille, nice one son'
  6. Singer Beverley Knight performs at celebration
  7. The Lord's My Shepherd rings out around stadium
  8. Players turn out as Cyrille Regis makes final journey
  9. Fans pay respects as coffin leaves The Hawthorns
  10. Live updates as family, friends and fans remember Cyrille Regis

Live Reporting

By Andy Giddings

All times stated are UK

  1. Our coverage of the service for Cyrille Regis

    That's the end of our live coverage of the celebration of Cyrille Regis' life.

    Thank you for joining us.

    You can read more on today's service here and visit BBC Sport here.

    More stories from the Midlands as they happen here.

  2. Watch: Widow's eulogy for Cyrille Regis

    The widow of pioneering footballer Cyrille Regis delivered the final tribute to him during a public celebration of his life.

    Julia Regis told a crowd of fans, friends and family at West Brom ground The Hawthorns that she had been privileged to share part of his journey.

    The crowd also heard from his long-time friend and former Albion team mate Brendon Batson, who ended his tribute with a refrain familiar to supporters.

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    Video caption: Widow of Cyrille Regis pays tribute
  3. Your tributes to Cyrille Regis - 'trailblazer and gentleman'

    You've been paying your tributes to Cyrille Regis.

    Ian Purves wrote: "Sad. But will be always remembered. Hero. I'm sure the whole West Midlands football family will miss him."

    And Michael Evans added: "What a player what a man but most of all a true gentleman and legend."

    Fans in stadium
    Image caption: Fans celebrated the life of Cyrille Regis at The Hawthorns earlier

    Javis Greenidge commented: "Cyrille was a giant among men, was a pleasure to have known you."

    And Jocelyn Robinson wrote: "Sir, you were a great trailblazer for black British people across the generations."

  4. 'A personal loss shared with strangers'

    John Bray

    BBC News

    On a bitingly cold morning in West Bromwich, an outpouring of warmth, humour, celebration and reflection.

    The service to remember West Brom legend Cyrille Regis brought together his families.

    The football family which remains to this day in awe at the pace and power which illuminated his wonderful career. His religious family, where Cyrille was remembered as a man of wisdom and humility. And his own family, who today shared their hugely personal loss with thousands of strangers.

    Mrs Regis
    Image caption: Cyrille Regis' widow Julia delivered a eulogy at a public celebration of the life of her husband

    The service saw a range of speakers, from football friends, to widow Julia and children Michelle and Robert.

    Standing ovations punctuated every speech. Loud applause greeted the stunning singing performances from Beverley Knight and Rebecca Linton.

    As West Brom fans filed out of The Hawthorns this afternoon, they didn’t seem consumed by sadness.

    There was too much pride for that. Nice one Cyrille.

  5. Regis 'nothing less than a giant'

    We've been bringing you coverage of a public celebration of the life of pioneering footballer Cyrille Regis.

    It was held at the Hawthorns - where Regis began his career with West Bromwich Albion - and followed a private funeral.

    The service is over, but we'll continue to bring you updates as people continue to react to today's events.

    In the meantime, here are the thoughts of an off-the-field colleague who spoke at the stadium this morning.

    Jonathan Barnett

    Jonathan Barnett is chairman of the football agency for which Regis worked, describing him as "nothing less than a giant - a gentle, thoughtful generous, passionate, determined, resilient, godly giant".

    He said: "In the fortnight since [he died] we have witnessed the outpouring of love that has transcended any club, any race or any religion.

    "He made me a better agent, but more importantly, he made me a better person."

  6. Service draws to close, tributes continue

    The service at The Hawthorns has drawn to a close.

    We've heard from Cyrille Regis' widow, son, daughter and nephew, along with players and managers with whom he spent his career.

    While the celebration of a remarkable life is over at the stadium, tributes continue to pour in from those whose lives Regis touched.

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  7. 'I made friends with my childhood hero'

    Church friends of Cyrille Regis have been remembering a "humble" man who did not "wear his stardom on his sleeve".

    One of them described the experience of making friends with a childhood footballing hero, saying he was initially "awestruck".

    Before Tuesday's funeral, another spoke of his sadness to be hugged by Regis one morning and learn of his death the following day.

    Happy memories remain, though, of a "wise" man whose hug meant you stayed hugged...

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    Video caption: Church friends of Cyrille Regis pay tribute to 'humble' man
  8. Julia Regis: 'Rest in peace my beloved'

    Cyrille Regis' widow Julia has paid tribute to her "lovely, caring, amazing, husband" and said she was "immensely proud of him".

    She said he "made time for everyone, including his many fans" and that he loved mentoring people and sharing his knowledge.

    Julia Regis

    She also revealed one of his favourite sayings: "Your talent can get you there but it’s your character that will keep you there.”

    Quote Message: Thank you to everyone that has contributed to this celebration of his life. I feel tremendously privileged to have spent part of his journey with him. Rest in peace my beloved. I will love you forever." from Julia Regis Cyrille Regis' widow
    Julia RegisCyrille Regis' widow
  9. Famous names among crowd to pay respects

    John Barnes, Carlton Palmer, Ron Atkinson, Les Ferdinand, Chris Hughton, Steve Bull and Lee Hughes are among the former footballers and managers at The Hawthorns to remember pioneering player Cyrille Regis.

    Regis has been credited today as paving the way for black players in English football.

    John Barnes
  10. Cyrille's son tells crowd 'your hero grounded me for a month'

    A service celebrating the life of Cyrille Regis is under way at The Hawthorns. Fans are in attendance with friends, family and former players. It followed a private funeral this morning.

    Robert Regis, Cyrille's son, has described his father as "our living, walking superhero".

    And he went on to say: "People would say 'your dad is my hero'. I would think ‘your hero just grounded me for a month’."

    Michelle Regis

    Cyrille's daughter, Michelle Regis (pictured above), told The Hawthorns: "I couldn’t be more proud to just call you my Dad.

    "Your strength always made me feel protected."

  11. 'The first time it's been hard to be Cyrille's nephew'

    Jason Roberts, Cyrille Regis' nephew, has told The Hawthorns "everyone wanted to be Cyrille Regis".

    And he added: "Today’s been hard. Today carrying his coffin was the first time that it's been hard to be Cyrille Regis’ nephew."

    Jason Roberts

    Roberts remembered his uncle for BBC Sport here.

    Cyrille Regis and nephew Jason Roberts
    Image caption: Uncle and nephew
  12. Regis 'bought Austin Allegro when he signed for West Brom'

    Dave Regis has told the crowd his brother was "the best fighter at school".

    And here's a great anecdote to lift a bittersweet day - he also told The Hawthorns that "Cyrille loved his cars" and that his first was a brown Ford Cortina.... upgraded to an Austin Allegro when he signed for West Brom.

    Dave Regis
  13. Batson: 'You could not intimidate Cyrille by racism'

    Brendon Batson has been paying tribute to his friend and team mate Cyrille Regis.

    Speaking at The Hawthorns where a celebration of Regis' life is under way, Batson said his friend had "a calm presence and a ready smile", and, turning to the family, said he hoped "the love that is here today will in some small way ease your pain".

    Brendon Batson

    Batson, who served the Professional Footballers Association after his playing career, also praised Regis' response to racism.

    Quote Message: We played at a time when many black players suffered vile abuse. But Cyrille never lost his cool. You could not intimidate Cyrille Regis." from Brendon Batson Regis' team mate
    Brendon BatsonRegis' team mate
  14. 'An example for generations of black players'

    John Homer, chairman of West Brom Supporters Club, has summed up for the crowd what he saw as Regis' cultural and sporting legacy.

    He said Regis set "the prime example for generations of black players to come".

    Regis was among the first generation of English football's black players and was subjected to racial abuse.

  15. 'There was and always will be one Cyrille Regis'

    Among those on the stage for the celebration are Regis' former Baggies team mate Brendon Batson - another of England's breakthrough black players when racism was rife on terraces.

    He sat next to former Coventry manager John Sillett who was Regis' boss when the Sky Blues won the FA Cup in 1987. He said: "I had the greatest job in football – managing Cyrille Regis."

    They were joined by West Brom Supporters Club chairman, John Homer.

    Homer (below, right) said: "We marvelled at his pace and power. He scored goals that we still talk about today."

    And he added: "What an honour and a privilege it was to share in his wonderful life, knowing of course that there was and there always will be one Cyrille Regis."

    Batson, Sillett, Homer
  16. 'Cyrille was brilliant at being normal'

    We told you earlier of Cyrille Regis' faith... that's being reflected in a celebratory service at The Hawthorns.

    Graham Daniels, from Christians in Sport, said pioneering Regis - a hero to many, a legend to others - was "brilliant at being normal", adding: "Pre-season is over my friend. The season has begun. Let the games begin forever.”

    Football agent Jonathan Barnett spoke of Regis' post-playing career: “There are great agents. A great agent cares. Develops the person. And Cyrille was a great agent. He didn’t even like to use the word agent. He preferred mentor.”

  17. Crowd breaks out into spontaneous song

    Spontaneous singing has broken out at The Hawthorns, with the crowd chanting verse from football's past: "Nice one Cyrille, nice one son, nice one Cyrille, let’s have another one.”

    And, of course, the perennial: “One Cyrille Regis, there’s only one Cyrille Regis....."

    crowd
  18. Beverley Knight sings at Regis celebration

    Beverley Knight has been performing at the celebration service at The Hawthorns, singing Going up Yonder.

    Beverley Knight
  19. Tributes continue for Cyrille Regis

    While the celebration of the life of Cyrille Regis takes place at The Hawthorns, people around the country continue to pay their tributes.

    Labour MP and Tottenham fan David Lammy has tweeted: "Cyrille Regis was an icon, a trailblazer and a hero in my household growing up.

    "So many footballers of colour have stood on his shoulders. What a legacy and what a hero. Rest In Peace."

    David Lammy
  20. Hymn rings around stadium

    The Lord’s my Shepherd has been ringing out at The Hawthorns in a celebration of the life of Cyrille Regis attended by fans, friends and family.

    Blue skies were overhead as the congregation sang.

    WBA fans
    Band