Support for Celebration Statue needed ahead of 40th anniversary of ‘Three Degrees’ debut
Following the passing of Cyrille Regis MBE earlier this month, renewed attempts are being made to complete the Celebration Statue which recognises West Bromwich Albion (WBA) legends Cyrille, Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham – otherwise known as the ‘Three Degrees’.
The statue, which will be placed in West Bromwich, will pay tribute to Albion legends Cyrille, Brendon and Laurie as they fought against hatred in the stands during their careers to become icons of their time and for future generations of black footballers.
The Celebration Statue has received support from Kick It Out, Sandwell Council, the Professional Footballers’ Association, The Football Association, The League Managers Association, the West Bromwich Albion Supporters Club, Laurie Cunningham’s family and the WBA Former Players Association, however further funding is required to complete the project.
The objective of the new fundraising drive is to complete the statue in time for 25 April, which marks the 40th anniversary since Cyrille, Brendon and Laurie started together for the first time at West Bromwich Albion in a 3-1 victory over Everton.
Birmingham-born entrepreneur Jim Cadman is leading on the project and he is encouraging people to support the project in any way possible.
“The tragic death of Cyrille Regis has devastated everyone involved with the Celebration Statue project – but it has also created a new sense of purpose,” Cadman said.
“The Celebration Statue will be a permanent tribute and a lasting legacy – not only to Cyrille – but to Laurie and Brendan – who led the fight against racism in football 40 years ago while playing at the heart of a West Bromwich Albion team lauded throughout the land for its exciting brand of creative attacking football.”