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The racism that shamed Manchester United in 1978 when Laurie Cunningham and Cyril Regis starred for West Brom

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Stunning retribution: Laurie Cunningham made United pay for their fans' racist chants

Stunning retribution: Laurie Cunningham made United pay for their fans' racist chants

Cyrille Regis was a powerful figure in the battle against racism in football.

Cyrille Regis was a powerful figure in the battle against racism in football.

Ron Atkinson saw his reputation ruined after a vile comment about a black player.

Ron Atkinson saw his reputation ruined after a vile comment about a black player.

Stunning retribution: Laurie Cunningham made United pay for their fans' racist chants

I was in Manchester that day, just another wide-eyed teen harbouring dreams of future stardom. The football club had paid for my flights and accommodation, just a couple of miles from Old Trafford.

That afternoon, West Brom, riding high at the top of the table, would stride onto the hallowed turf. But this young Red Devils diehard wouldn't be there to see it.

The club that had flown me to Manchester was City, not United.