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West Brom's 'Three Degrees' statue design unveiled

The model of the statue
Image caption The statue depicts the three players celebrating a goal

The design of a statue dedicated to three West Bromwich Albion footballers credited with inspiring other black players has been revealed.

Laurie Cunningham, Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis played for the club in the late-1970s and were dubbed the Three Degrees by boss Ron Atkinson.

A model of the planned 10ft-high sculpture, called The Celebration, depicts the players celebrating a goal.

The £200,000 statue will be put in West Bromwich town centre in July 2014.

It is designed by sculptor Graham Ibbeson who has also created bronze statues of Eric Morecambe, William Webb-Ellis and Don Revie.

Mr Ibbeson said he felt "very privileged" to be chosen and said the statue would be "a commemoration of the moving away from the archaic attitudes and racism that was prevalent in the pre-1980s".

When Cunningham, Batson and Regis played together in 1978 it was the first time a top-flight club had regularly fielded three black players.

Regis said the model was "wonderful" and he was "extremely humbled" by the project.

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