Frank Worthington (1946 – 2021)
The world of football has this morning lost another true entertainer of the game, following the death of Frank Worthington at the age of seventy-two. Worthington, who was born in Halifax started his career at Huddersfield Town were he made 171 appearances, scoring 41 goals over six seasons, before a career changing big move to Leicester City.
Worthington, played some of his best football for the Foxes and whilst at Filbert Street he went on to win eight international appearances, scoring two goals for England. In his five seasons with the midlands club he went on to make 210 appearance, scoring 72 goals under the management of Jimmy Bloomfield. A two year spell at Brunden Park followed as he returned north to join Bolton Wanderers in the first division, Worthington went on to make 84 appearances, scoring 35 goals, which lead to him winning the Golden Boot ahead of Kenny Dalglish and Frank Stapleton.
Having spent thirteen years with his first three clubs he then started to become a football journeyman as he appeared for a further 21 clubs (Philadelphia Fury, Birmingham City, Mjällby AIF, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Leeds United, Sunderland, Southampton, Brighton Hove Albion, Tranmere Rovers, Preston North End, Stockport County, Cape Town Spurs, Chorley, Stalybridge Celtic, Galway United, Weymouth, Radcliffe Borough, Guiseley AFC, Hinckley United, Cemaes Bay and Halifax Town) over the next thirteen years of his career, this also included a spell as manager of Tranmere Rovers.
Frank Worthington, will always be remembered by the football world as a true showman an entertainer and a true professional footballer. He finally hung up his boots in 1992 after a twenty-six year playing career that saw him still playing and coaching at the age of forty four with Halifax Town. Worthington had a real connection with all football supporters around the country, making himself accessable to the fans whilst he was playing and after he retired. He was once described by Jimmy Greaves as “The Working Mans George Best” he was a true talent and football legend.