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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233003266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233003269
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Brash honesty and real insight . . . make this a worthwhile read." "FourFourTwo" magazine"

"Regis is one of the most important figures in the game from the last 40 years." "Daily Mirror""

About the Author

Cyrille Regis, MBE, was born in French Guiana in 1958 and moved to England aged five. He was a part-time footballer for Hayes in the Isthmian League and training to be an electrician when, in 1977, West Bromwich Albion paid a GBP 5,000 transfer fee for his services. Cyrille's career took off and he won international honours, playing at time when crowd violence and racial hatred were at their worst, but he helped to change attitudes, something that has continued since retiring as a player. Chris Green is the author of several football books, including The Sack Race: The Story of Football Gaffers and Every Boy's Dream. He is a BBC Radio 1, 2, 4, 5 Live and World Service broadcaster.


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By Bantam Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
With the physique of a body builder Cyrille Regis was a big, powerful forward but he always played within the spirit of the game. He played hard but he also played fair, he wasn't a cheat and he certainly wasn't a prima donna. Idolised by supporters and highly respected by his fellow players, Regis seems to have been the model footballer, but as he explains in this highly readable autobiography, off the field he wasn't quite the perfect pro.

He tells us that in his playing days drinking played a very big part in the life of a professional footballer. Because they had plenty of free time after a morning training session many players would spend this time in pubs and clubs and Regis was no exception. Providing that it did not affect their form on the field most clubs turned a blind eye to this drinking culture and some even encouraged it, thinking that it helped build team spirit. The only limitation placed on Regis and his team-mates was that they should never be seen drinking of pints, only halves. Regis also admits that although tied up in a long time relationship he was also one for the ladies. When you are a good looking footballer you will never be short of opportunities of female company and Regis took full advantage of this, putting a massive strain on his family life.

The death of his close friend Laurie Cunningham forced him to re-evaluate his life and he is now a deeply religious man. It is clear from his book that he is deeply ashamed of his lifestyle during his playing days but I couldn't help but think that he is perhaps being a little hard on himself as his behaviour will have been matched by countless other players both then and today.

Although not a top ranking football autobiography, I enjoyed it a lot. Read it and you too will learn why this book could instead have been about the French international footballer, Gilbert Regis.
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Many of the themes in this book such as trying to achieve a balance between sporting and personal lives could be associated with many sportsmen not just footballers. However, what I like about the book is Cyrille Regis's determination to do well in a hostile and racist environment despite the many disappointments along the way and his success in doing so.

I'm not religious at all so the 'born again Christian' episode towards the end of the book contradicts his underlying upbringing of hard work and focus on family that will bring its own rewards. You would have to say his character is ultimately flawed because he succumbed so easily to the temptations that go with football even when he knew it would damage his marriage and family. Cyrille has gone on to put something back into the communities where he came from and has been rewarded publicly for this.

A good read but not a great one.
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By Judy on 25 Dec. 2010
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I bought this book for my husband who had just casually mentioned he wouldn't mind reading it.He is not an avid book reader so I thought I'd get it simply because he had mentioned it.What can I say. From the moment he got it he simply couldnt put it down.Every spare moment he was in it commenting how honest and open Cyrille was about his background and career.It maybe because my husband has a passion for football and of course coming from the midlands and watching the man play was a big incentive.So much so he has shared what a great read it is that our sons are keen to read it too. So if you are a football fan and want to have an incite into an ordinary man who came from a poor family and made it in this very competitive field- buy it. He speaks of his christian faith which changed him and turned him round.Whether you are believer or not this book is a must!
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I very rarely read books and when I do I often don't finish them.

However, when I heard my footballing hero (I am a Coventry City FC fan) had written an autobiography, then I had to get it! I am also a slow reader, yet I had finished it in 3 days - not that it was a short book (250 pages), I just couldn't put it down!

'Cyrille Regis: My Story' was a fascinating insight into a truly gifted footballer's journey from rags to reasonable riches, having to endure racism along the way - which drove him on to perform even better. There were also some surprises, disclosed in an honest, reflective way. I would recommend this book, not only to supporters of the football teams he played for, but for anybody interested in football or life's challenges. It would make a good film.
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I bought this book as Cyrille is a distant cousin of mine and I wanted something to pass down to my son. The good thing for me was that the early chapter was able to piece together early parts of my own family history. The footballing parts were excellent even though I am not a 'real' football fan
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What a revealing insight into the life of one of West Brom's heros. A truly honest and open account of Cyrille's highs and lows. From his early years to his high's at West Brom & England then his lows in his life, the loss of Laurie Cunningham and then his climb back to end on a high.

A cracking read for any Baggies fan or a fan of football in general. A definite 5 star rating.
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The story of one of the first black icons of British football is told candidly by the man himself. Cyrille Regis: My Story. Big Cyrille was a pacesetter in many ways, both as black footballing legend, and as one of the first to be open about his Christian faith. His rags to riches, back down and then up again story, is at times, funny, charming and moving. It is a book that gives an insight into the world of football as it was in the 70s and 80s - warts and all. This is a really well-written book, and Chris Green, the Co-author has done a great job with it. It is a book of transformation, from a Ladies man, and a man who struggled with relationships and self-doubt to a Man of faith and strong convictions and beliefs, who was man enough to admit his faults, leave behind the past and carve a new beginning in his life. It is also a book that every young aspring footballer should read, to help avoid the pitfalls that can surely happen if you don't keep your eye on the ball (no pun intended!). Well done, big man! Thanks for sharing your amazing story with us (I am not even an Albion fan!).
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