Born in Halifax and one
of three brothers to all play professional. Frank Worthington started
his career at Huddersfield Town and was during the late 60's and early
70's a player that rise to the top scoring goals and also being capped
at England U.23 level. He even made the full squad as a Terrier, but had
to wait for his full international debut.
After a number of good seasons at Leeds Road, a move to Liverpool looked
like happening, but a failed medical made Billy Shankly uncertain about
the idea and Jimmy Bloomfield again made some fantastic business
bringing one of the most talented forwards in the game to Leicester
Frank was an instant success at Leicester and during five seasons at
Filbert Street he became a fans favourite. The Elvis look and of course
his great admiration of the singer, made it easy to find him in the
crowd and he was seen as a flamboyant carachter.
Bloomfield had signed a group of players who knew how to entertain a
crowd, and Worthington became the final act, together with players such
as Keith Weller, Jon Sammels, Len Glover and Alan Birchenall he
transformed the way of play from a bit defensive and dull to top
Worthington won eight caps for England, during the tenure of Joe Mercer
and the early days of Don Revie. All of his caps came during a short
period in 1974. Few understood much when Frank McLintock decided to sell
Worthington to 2nd tier Bolton Wanderers.
McLintock started to change the team and it all went into a relegation
battle that eventuelly was lost. Leicester went down and changed places
with Bolton, who Frank Worthington had helped back to the top flight
scoring some very important goals.
Despite being a good signing for The Trotters, it was difficult to keep
up with the 1st division quality and Bolton got relegated. Worthington
liked the life of the top flight and signed for Birmingham City. He also
became a favourite at St Andrews.
During his travels he combined his play in England with short spells in
the NASL. He turend out for Tampa Bay Rowdies and Philadelphia Fury.
Worthington loved to play football and even turned out for teams in
Sweden and South Africa.
After his time at Birmingham he had spells at Sunderland, Leeds and
Southampton, with whom he won a runners-up medal in the 1983-84 season.
This was the last time Worthington played at top level in England, but
he just continued playing into his 40's.
Brighton, Tranmere (player manager), Preston and Stockport were next,
before another drop into non-league game came around, here was at clubs
such as Chorley, Stalybridge Celtic, Galway United, Weymouth, Radcliffe
Borough, Guiseley, Hinckley Town, Cemaes Bay and Halifax Town.
Worthington finally hang up his boots at the age of 42, and moved on to
become an after dinner speaker until his retirement. One of the greatest
entertainers in the English game.