Date: 16th June 2008 at 5:01pm
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Congratulations to former Chester City football legend Cyrille Regis who has been appointed an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours it was announced over the weekend.

The 50-year-old was one of the first black footballers to break through into the English game in the late 1970s and also won five caps for his country.

The striker starred in the West Bromwich Albion side of the late 1970s before joining Coventry City, where he won the FA Cup in 1987.

He also played for Aston Villa and Wolves in a 19-year career.

Speaking to the BBS, Regis said: ‘I’m thrilled, it’s absolutely fantastic.

‘I’d like to say thank you to a lot of people who have helped me, coaches, managers, friends, mentors and the fans, obviously.

‘You go as far back as being born in French Guyana in a little town called Maripasoula and coming over to England.

‘It just shows you that dreams can be fulfilled if you have the drive and support of people around you.’

Regis played a starring role for Chester City under manager Kevin Ratcliffe in the mid nineties. Clearly a fans favourite, we were all disappointed when he was forced to retire from the game after sustaining an injury whilst at the Deva Stadium.