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Regis: "Wish I was playing!"

19 July 2013

Cyrille Regis says he would love to be young enough to take part in Saturday’s friendly between two of his former clubs.

Regis is currently working as a football agent.

“Even if I was on the bench for most of that second year, it was a joy to watch Villa with people like Paul McGrath, Shaun Teale, Dalian Atkinson and Kevin Richardson – I could name them all. We were very unlucky not to win the league that second year. It’s a good club.”

“I didn’t play as much in my second year because Dwight Yorke and Dean Saunders were there. The quality of the play was fantastic and we came second that year.

As for his spell at Villa, he said: “I had an excellent time there. We played some wonderful stuff under big Ron Atkinson.

“Working with a manager like Martin O’Neill, who has got a lot of charisma, top man-management skills and is a great motivator, was great.”

“Me and Garns were the oldest partnership in the Football League – I was 37 and he was 36. It was great fun.

On Wycombe, he said: “I loved it with Creaser, Big Terry (Evans), Martin O’Neill and Simon Garner.

Regis looks back on his time at both clubs with fond memories.

He added: “My first friendly for Wycombe was against another big team in Chelsea – that was a very enjoyable time for myself.”

“It’s preparation for the season ahead, the boys getting their fitness and form back. It should be a good game and I wish I was playing.”

He told “It’s pre-season and there’ll be a lot of rotation, especially if it’s as hot as it has been.

The 55-year-old, who was in the crowd for the Blues’ friendly at Farnborough on Wednesday, spent a year at Adams Park and two with Aston Villa in the early-mid 90s.

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