The monkey chants, the bananas and Cyrille Regis’s unending courage

Sideline Cut: The late footballer’s importance far transcends mere goals and caps

The Hawthorns: Cyrille Regis at the West Bromwich Albion ground in 1984. Photograph: David Cannon/Allsport/Getty

The Hawthorns: Cyrille Regis at the West Bromwich Albion ground in 1984. Photograph: David Cannon/Allsport/Getty

Them was rotten days, all right, and many of the younger fans who stand in applause in remembrance of Cyrille Regis across England’s football grounds this weekend will probably have little idea of just how bad it was.

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