Llanfairpwll FC Plan One Minute Silence Wed For Nigerian Striker Killed In UK. A Nigerian man in the UK, Henry Ayabowei, popularly known as Henry Esin, an amateur footballer has died after an attack at a Welsh nightclub.
The 27-year-old father of two children was found unconscious outside Peep nightclub in Bangor by North Wales Police on Saturday. He was rushed to Stoke hospital for treatment at their special trauma unit. Today, police confirmed he had died in hospital and a murder investigation is now underway.
Known to friends as ‘Romeo’, he was from London and studied at Bangor University. He lived in Llangefni and worked at the Department of Work and Pensions’Romeo’ was a well-known face in football circles on Anglesey , playing for Gaerwen, Llangefni , Llangoed and Beaumaris, along with his current team Llanfairpwll.
Its player-manager Steve Smith today paid tribute to Mr Esin. Mr Smith said the Arsenal fan was a “true gentleman” and a “really, really nice guy” who would do “anything asked of him”.
He continued: “He was always willing to do everything for the team, it was never about himself.
“If you ever asked him to do something, he would never groan, he’d just do it and get on with it.
Mr Smith continued: “I first played against him five years ago when he was at Gaerwen , I was introduced to him as Romeo and that’s all I ever knew him as. I don’t know how he got the nickname but everyone just called him it. He was one of the nicest guys I will ever meet. It is a huge loss for anyone who knew him. His death is really, really tragic and it is his family I feel the worst for.I cannot imagine what it would be like to be in their position right now. He was well known by a lot of football teams, they will all be devastated by this news.”.
Alun Mummery is club secretary at Llanfairpwll FC. He described Henry as “gentle”.
Paying tribute to the striker he added: “My thoughts are with his family at this very tragic time. He was a very gentle man and a gentle player, if anything he was too soft on the pitch.”
A 26-year-old man from the Bangor area was arrested after the attack, and has been re-arrested on suspicion of murder following Mr Esin’s death. He is still in police custody after detectives were granted an extension to the time they can hold him to question him.
A crowdfunding page www.gofundme.com/k8mrqg-in-memory-of-romeo has been set-up by the local community to support the family of a dad-of-two, killed following an attack outside a nightclub. All the money raised will go to Henry’s family, for whatever purposes they deem fit.