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Full name  Verdi Godwin
Name  Verdi Godwin
Role  Footballer
Position  Forward
Playing position  Forward

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Date of birth  (1926-02-11)11 February 1926
Date of death  1 December 2013(2013-12-01) (aged 87)
Died  December 1, 2013, Southport, United Kingdom

Place of death  Southport, England
Place of birth  Blackburn, England

Verdi Godwin BEM (11 February 1926 – 1 December 2013) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Mansfield Town, Middlesbrough, Grimsby Town, Brentford and Stoke City.



Godwin was born in Blackburn and began his career with local side Blackburn Rovers. He scored six goals in two seasons at Ewood Park and joined Manchester City in the summer of 1948. He scored three goals in eight matches for Man City before joining Stoke City whose manager Bob McGrory saw Godwin as the answer to Stoke's goalscoring problem in 1949–50. However, despite scoring on his debut Godwin was poor and scored just once more in the next 20 matches and by January he was used as a part exchange with Third Division Mansfield Town for Harry Oscroft. Godwin then became a journeyman striker spending short spells at Middlesbrough, Grimsby Town, Brentford, Southport, Barrow, Tranmere Rovers and finally Macclesfield.

Personal life

After retiring from football, Godwin worked during the summer for 36 years as a lifeguard on Southport beach. He was award the British Empire Medal in recognition for his service.

Career statistics

  • Sourced from Verdi Godwin profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  • References

    Verdi Godwin Wikipedia

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