Regis, one of Coventry Citys most illustrious sons, was back in town today treading
the turf he graced for seven years during which time he became the hero of the fans.
Regis has been left eight years so there was an element of surprise in the announcement
that he had been awarded a testimonial match by the Sky Blues.
The ex-striker expressed his surprise, but was clearly pleased by the belated show of
The testimonial is expected to take the form of two matches at Highfield Road on 31
July seven days before the start of the new season.
Regis is expected to play in a veterans match before the main event which will be
a semi-serious affair between the Sky Blues and First Division West Bromwich Albion.
It is expected that the former England man will endeavour to pull together
Coventrys 1987 FA Cup winning team of which he was a member.
The nucleus is to hand. Goalkeeper Steve Ogrizovic and centreback Trevor Peake are
still at Coventry City, Dave Bennett lives in the area and the joint managers of that year
George Curtis and John Sillett still live in Coventry.
The proper match is expected to be a highly competitive affair.
"The managers Gordon Strachan and Dennis Smith will be fine tuning their sides in
readiness for the big kick off seven days later so it should be a competitive game,"
The striker, whose trademark was scoring highly spectacular goals, began his playing
career at West Brom with star players like Laurie Cunningham, Brendon Batson, Derek
Statham, Len Cantello and Tony Bomber Brown.
After seven years he transferred to Coventry City where he stayed another seven years
winning the only major medal of his career. He then played two years for Aston
Villa and ended his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City.