Cyrille Regis My Story Paperback – 4 Aug 2011
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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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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.
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.
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.
A cracking read for any Baggies fan or a fan of football in general. A definite 5 star rating.
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Great story of my favourite footballer always followed his career.Published 10 months ago by Jón Agnar Gunnlaugsson
A truly inspiring book. A man that had to endure dreadful racism on and off the pitch. Howver his determination, talent and focus turned him into a legend.Published 11 months ago by mrbluesky1uk
This was a nice read told from the heart by a footballer who went through the mill in football as many players have done I am glad I have read it good story worth a read I wish him... Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2013 by William Shanks
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