Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wrote to family of Godwin Lawson after Stamford Hill knife attack

Moise Avorgah sentenced to at least 19 years behind bars for murder

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wrote to the family of budding footballer Godwin Lawson to express his sadness after the teenager was stabbed to death in Stamford Hill.

Godwin, who was a student at Oxford United FC Academy and dreamt of playing for Manchester United, was knifed through the heart in Amhurst Park last March.

Moise Avorgah, 20, of St Ann’s Road, Tottenham was sentenced to at least 19 years behind bars for his murder today (February 2).

Seventeen-year-old Godwin, of Enfield, had come to the aid of his childhood friends, brothers Daniel and Julian Borja, when Avorgah attacked him.

His father Calvin, 42, described said the death of his talented son was “senseless”.

“He would have gone far. You could see his natural flair.”

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He said the Manchester United manager had written to express his condolences over Godwin’s death.

The teenager had grown up in the Stamford Hill but the family moved to Enfield because of their fear of youth violence and knife crime.

Avorgah was cleared of the attempted murders of the Borja brothers but found guilty of wounding with intent of both.

Jurors were unable to agree verdicts on three other men accused of murder.