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Frank Worthington

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Frank Worthington (17.2K)  Frank Worthington (27.0K)

Position Centre forward
Born 23 Nov 1948, Halifax (England)
Height 180 cm
Weight 73 kg
International Caps England: 8 full

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Huddersfield Town 01 Nov 1966 01 Aug 1972 171 41 £80000
Leicester City 01 Aug 1972 01 Sep 1977 210 72 £87000
Bolton Wanderers 01 Sep 1977 01 Nov 1979 84 35 £150000
Birmingham City 01 Nov 1979 08 Mar 1982 75 29  
Leeds United 08 Mar 1982 01 Dec 1982 35 15 £50000
Sunderland 01 Dec 1982 01 Jun 1983 19 2 £30000
Southampton 01 Jun 1983 31 May 1984 34 4 £0
Brighton and Hove Albion 31 May 1984 01 Jun 1985 31 7  
Tranmere Rovers 01 Jun 1985 01 Feb 1987 59 21  
Preston North End 01 Feb 1987 01 Nov 1987 23 3  
Stockport County 01 Nov 1987 01 Jun 1988 19 6  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1981 - 1982 17 9 0   0   0   0  
1982 - 1983 15 5 0   3 1 0   0  
Total 32 14 0   3 1 0   0  

Jabba's Comments

What can you say about Frank Worthington? A hugely talented player. A truly terrible haircut. He came to Leeds in the twilight of his career - in an exchange with Birmingham for Byron Stevenson - and his goals in 1982 came within an inch of saving Leeds from relegation. It wasn't to be, and he left after just 9 months at Elland Road. Throughout his career, he'd always been a flamboyant and free-scoring player with a reputation for enjoying the high life, and it was probably that reputation that meant that he only made 8 appearances for England when his on-field form justified more. He continued to play league football past his 40th birthday, and had a spell out in South Africa and back home in non-league football beyond that.

Walter Algotsson says: Hi! Please, give our regards to the great man - Frank Worthington. We are a Swedish football team - The Bonecrackers - a club of our own and we played vs each other Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 30 years. We do remember Frank since he played for the Swedish team Mjllby AIF in the highest division in Sweden - Allsvenskan 1980. Frank don't remember us but we do remember him. One of the players in MAIF from Frank's days in 80's is today a member of our club. His name is Tommy Nordgren. Perhaps Frank will remember the Hanhus Night club? "That's the best club I've ever played," Frank told the press when he left us and Sweden in 1980. We would be happy to hear from Frank! Our dream is >: To see Frank as guest player in our team.

Chris Sedwell says: scored the best goal ever, for Bolton against Ipswich. Back to goal, edge of 18yd box, controlled on his knee, flicked it over his head and volleyed past keeper - superb! His pre match warm up routine was worth the entrance fee. A pleasure to have watched him at Burnden Park. Who is there like him nowadays?.

Gillian Newbury says: I just wondered if Frank Worthington ever reads this page? I met Frank a very long time ago in Bolton and he used to drink in a nightclub in Bolton called Scamps where I worked. If you do read this Frank they where the good old days yeah lol thanks. He was a real nice guy and always full of laughter.

Ali Short says: Met Frank a few times at Preston. Two moments are key to Frank and Preston, one the goal he scored against Wolves when he was already back celebrating on the half-way line before the ref gave it for a sublime chip from 18 yards over a crowd of players better than Best's against Spurs by miles. The other was the night we got promotion and me and a mate were pissed but happy in a restaurant and then in came Frank a blonde on each arm and sat with us, well we asked him if he wanted to avoid waiting for a table, what a night, what a hangover.

Bob Gladstone says: Oh Franky Franky without doubt the most talented footballer I ever saw (even Bestie). I admired his silky skills and enjoyed it first hand at the Dell towards the end of his career. I went to his testimonial in Birmingham. What a player - it's a pity England's hierarchy never recognised his undoubted world beating talents. Thanks for the memory Frank.

Pat (Sweden) says: I've never met Frank senior or even seen a game with him not even a single gaol scored by him...BUT I know his son Frank "junior" Worthington...we play football together in a div 3 club in Sweden, and I've just heard great things about Frank "senior" Worthington!! That's all i have wanted to say!!

dolores says: Frank always wanted to play for Chelsea.

Dessie McGennity says: When I worked at Leicester University I watched him play for Leicester City in the 1970's. He was the most gifted centre forward I ever witnessed. I can't understand why he only won eight England caps. I asked him once when he visited the students union if he really enjoyed playing for Leicester and he replied. "I would rather lose a match 5-4 and give all the supporters entertainment than win 1-0 and bore everyone to death". That was Frank the entertaining footballer. What would he be worth in todays market the mind boggles.

Brandon Platt says: I met Frank Worthington when he arrived in South Africa to play for a club in Cape Town called Cape Town Spurs. Although many years older than his team mates,he still showed a few deft touches.We became friends and I had some really good times with him. He was a real party animal.I often wondered what happened to him as I am a regular visitor to the UK and would love to catch up with him.I last spoke to him shortly after his South African stint ended.I think he was running a pub with Frank McClintock and doing celebrityt appearances.I also saw him on the celebrity weakest link before the last World Cup.He was voted off in about the 4th round!

Iain Craig says: I was at a charity dinner last night and had the great pleasure of sitting beside Frank and the famous ref Pat Partridge wot can i say but two absloute diamonds one of the most enjoyable nights of my life.

Ron Ranson says: I thought I saw Frank on the M62 last March 15th, heading for Manchester like a bat out of hell in a newish pale green Rover 75. I guess he was on his way to a good do, or on his way back from one.

eric clay says: I was delirious in 72 when Frank was about to sign for my beloved Liverpool. When the deal failed it was so disappointing. my fave player in my fave team-man,what were the possibilities? still think about what might have been 30 yrs later.he was the greatest.

Jim Munnis says: I saw and met Frank while he played for the Philadelphia Atoms in the NASL. I remember meeting him, usually at cocktail parties after the game. His nickname was "Elvis". Great talent. He once commented to me about Manayunk, on the outskirts of Philadelphia..."the scenery is so picturesque." He said that with a straight face.

Frances Clarke says: My Dad said that Frank Worthington was the best looking player in the first division and played like a dream. I agree about the looks but know nothing about football. So how is Frank these days? What is he doing? I see he played for Bolton; my partner is a Bolton fan born and bred: we live in Southampton and F.W. played for Saints for a while. Good old Frank, keep it up Frank, be good and best wishes for my dad's sake.

Paul says: I saw him a a pub in Birmingham last Saturday. We were discussing his career. Did he ever work n Portugal as a coach?

Michael Osbourne says: Never got the chance to see Frank play in the flesh, he never played for the Boro but I am fortunate enough to own a video entitled "Match of the day, The entertainers" Frank appears on that video. On that video it showed him scoring two over head kicks, a character of which the likes will never be seen again, such is the nature of the game. What a player!!

Hans Baelemans says: I follow Leeds since the early 80's but never saw Frank Worthington. In those days there was no coverage of English Football in Holland.The only things i saw from him were pics in Shoot Magazine and newspaper clippings. Is there anybody out there who has video's of Frank as a player? I know his period at Leeds was short so videos of Frank playing for other clubs are very welcome as well. I'm prepared to pay a good price.

Ben Watkinson says: I watched frank from the manny rd end at burnden park as a young 6 year old boy. i am now 31 and he still is my hero. The best player ever to wear a Bolton shirt . All the best frank ...

Steve Papworth says: Hi Im Steve and live and work in London at the Society of Antiquaries. I did see Frank play once for Leicester City against Southampton in 1972 and they won 1-0 I think Dennis Roafe was the scorer on that occation. It was agreat game and Frank was well marked that day, I think by Terry Payne. Anyway Frank was always in the right place at the right time well the ball was passed to him, he was a great holder of the ball and play maker for other players to score goals.I remember this game as it was my very first division one game, as it was then. Frank was a great player all of his playing days. He gave all fans from all clubs that he played for and against entertainment. I saw him once close in a cinama in Manchester, he was playing for Bolton then that was in 1980. I was living there at the time. I did say hello to him and he said hello back to me. Not to sure where he is these days but he still should be involved in the game somewhere. A great player.

Alan Freedman says: Without doubt one of the great goals of all time is Frank's goal for Bolton against Ipswich,as described by Chris Sedwell.

enid ross says: have been doing some family research and he is my cousin wondered if he could give me any family information thanks.

Ken Riley says: I grew up with Frank in Shelf, and I'm sure Frank will agree with me that our mate Dave Lewis was the better player, he taught Frank a thing or two. Just for the record, Lewey went on to have a successful career in the Halifax Football League.

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