CYRILLE Regis’s widow Julia has offered her heartfelt thanks to fans for the “love and support” which continues to help his family through their grief.
Julia has been speaking to WBA TV in advance of Saturday's inaugural Regis Shield fixture between Albion and Coventry City at The Hawthorns.
The game wraps up the Baggies' pre-season preparations but twins as a start-point for what is aimed to be an annual celebration of the life and legacy of one of our greatest.
Cyrille's sudden passing in January shocked the football world and triggered emotional scenes to The Hawthorns, and at Coventry where he is fondly remembered for his contribution to their 1987 FA Cup win.
Since then, says Julia, the family have been overwhelmed with the support they have received from the great man's army of admirers.
In a direct message to supporters she says: "As a family we remain as grateful for all the love and support you show in what is still a very difficult time for us.
"It just gives us so much encouragement and strength and so much comfort to know that he was loved so much by you all and that you take the time to share those memories and share comforting words with us ... please don't stop sending them, we appreciate them and thank you all so much for them."
Julia has helped design the Regis Shield which she hopes will become an annual event involving Cyrille's former clubs.
She also gives an update on plans for a Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust, to which the Club will reserve a donation from Saturday's proceeds.
She added: "I'm so excited about the game to honour Cyrille and it's fitting it will be between two clubs he loved so much. I know it's going to be a great day."
You can get your tickets here for what promises to be a special afternoon.