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Frank Worthington

Leicester City FC

8 appearances, 2 goals

P 8 W 3 D 4 L 1 F 10: A 7
*(actual F x: A x)
63% successful

1974

disciplined: none
captain:
none
minutes played:
522

Timeline

  Frank Stewart Worthington (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Birth Tuesday, 23 November 1948, in Shelf, Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Calder, December 1948].
first marriage to Brigitta K. Egermalm [registered in Leicester, March 1973]. They lived in a luxury home in Scraptoft Lane in Leicester until 1976
second marriage to Carol Dwyer [registered in Halifax, December 1986]. Daughter of Noel Dwyer, international goalkeeper.
Death Monday, 22 March 2021 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, aged 72 years 119 days.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Biographies One Hump or Two? The Frank Worthington Story - Ian Worthington with Steve Wells and Nick Cooper (ACL & Polar Publishing, 21 November 1994) Contains a flicker-vision card box.
 

'Frankie Wortho' was a cult figure whose career began in 1966 and took in eleven clubs in all. Huddersfield, Leicester, Bolton and Birmingham benefited most from his individualistic skills and flamboyant style. I have not seen the flicker-vision novelty - it should show a wonder goal he once scored for Bolton, but who knows what it might illustrate with Frank around. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Playing Career

Club(s) Played schools football in West Yorkshire before Worthington joined Huddersfield Town AFC as an apprentice in 1963 from Ripponden AFC, turning professional in November 1966, the following year he was being watched by Birmingham City FC and in 1968, even peaked Arsenal FC's interest, and in 1970, he was being watched by Tottenham Hotspur FC. However, following Town's relegation, Worthington was looking to join a First Division club. On 28 June 1972, he failed a medical at Anfield ahead of a proposed £150,000 to Liverpool FC. Instead, he joined Leicester City FC on 21 August 1972 for an initial £80,000. In August 1976, Tottenham Hotspur FC renewed their interest in signing Worthington. He spent the 1977 summer in the NASL with Dallas Tornado. After he was placed on the transfer list on 21 July 1977, he joined Bolton Wanderers FC ahead of Bristol City FC on 28 September 1977 on a loan deal, before the transfer was made permanent on 22 October, for £90,000. He spent the 1978 summer in the NASL with Philadephia Fury...
"SOCCER STRIKER HITS A CRACKER
"Soccer star Frank Worthington told a court yesterday of the day he smashed a window at his estranged wife's home. The Bolton Wanderers and former England striker said he called at the house to collect clothing for his three-year-old daughter. His Swedish wife Birgitta would not let him in. 'I banged on the door and the window broke. It was an accident,' he told magistrates at Leigh, Lancs. Worthington, 29, of Edgworth, near Bolton, admitted damaging the window and was fined £10." - The Daily Mirror, Thursday, 13 July 1976
  ....and the 1979 summer with Tampa Bay Rowdies. After being transfer-listed by Wanderers, on 26 November 1979, Worthington joined Birmingham City FC in a £150,000 deal. Worthington spent the 1980 summer in Sweden, with Mjällby AI. Tampa Bay Rowdies, of the NASL, then spent £100,000 taking Worthington to United States on 7 March 1981. However, the deal was a 'loophole' as the Football League had prevented the loans to the NASL the previous season. Worthington returned to City with £55,000 of the fee unpaid, as per contract agreement. Then, on 3 March 1982, Leeds United AFC used Bryon Stevenson to bring him to Elland Road.  On 1 December 1982, Worthington travelled north to Sunderland AFC in a £50,000 deal. The following summer, 17 June 1983, he had joined Southampton FC in a £25,000 transfer deal. At the end of the 1983-84 season, Worthington was given a free transfer and he moved along the south coast and signed on 21 May 1984 with Brighton & Hove Albion FC. He had been expected to sign for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on 21 December 1984, before being appointed the player-manager at Tranmere Rovers FC on 9 July 1985. Joined Preston North End FC on 20 February 1987 and Stockport County FC in November of that year. He ended his league career in April 1988 with his club at the foot of the Football League.
During the 1988 summer, he played for Cape Town Spurs, in South Africa, before returning the following season to assist Chorley FC, Stalybridge Celtic FC, Galway United FC, Weymouth FC, Radcliffe Borough FC, Guiseley FC and to Hinkley Atheltic FC and Camaes Bay FC in 1990.

League honours
717+40 appearances, 234 goals
four red cards
TOP GOALSCORER 1978-79
Huddersfield Town AFC 1967-21 166+five appearances, 41 goals
debut (division two): 11 February 1967 Huddersfield Town AFC 1 Crystal Palace FC 1.
Leicester City FC 1972-77 209+one appearances, 72 goals
debut: 23 August 1972 Manchester United FC 1 Leicester City FC 1.
Bolton Wanderers FC 1977 loan 1977-79 permanent 81+3 appearances, 35 goals
debut (division two): 1 October 1977 Bolton Wanderers FC 1 Stoke City FC 1.
Birmingham City FC 1979-82 71+four appearances, 29 goals
debut (division two): 1 December 1979 Birmingham City FC 1 Leicester City FC 2.
Leeds United AFC 1982 32 appearances, fourteen goals
debut: 10 March 1982 Leeds United AFC 0 Manchester City FC 1.
Sunderland AFC 1982-83 eighteen+one appearances, two goals
debut: 4 December 1982 Sunderland AFC 2 Ipswich Town FC 3.
Southampton FC 1983-84 34 appearances, four goals
debut: 27 August 1983 Nottingham Forest FC 0 Southampton FC 1.
Brighton & Hove Albion FC 1984-85 27+four appearances, seven goals
debut (division two): 25 August 1984 Carlisle United FC 0 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 3.
Tranmere Rovers FC 1985-87 51+eight appearances, 21 goals
debut (division four): 17 August 1985 Orient Athletic FC 3 Tranmere Rovers FC 1.
Preston North End FC 1987 ten+thirteen appearances, three goals
debut (division three): (sub) 15 August 1987 Preston North End FC 0 Chesterfield FC 1.
Stockport County FC 1987-88 eighteen+one appearances, six goals
debut (division four): 27 November 1987 Stockport County FC 1 Colchester United FC 1.
final (division four): 22 April 1988 Stockport County FC 1 Crewe Alexandra FC 1.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1969-70 (42 apps, 18), 1977-78 (34+1, 11), third place 1979-80 17+2, 4)
FA Cup best semi-finalist 1973-74 (7, 2);1983-84 (6);
Football League runners-up 1983-84 (34, 4)
Individual honours Football League (one appearance, 1973);
Daily Mirror Footballer of the Month
September 1978;
PFA Division Four Team of the Year
1985-86;
Distinctions Brother of David (Halifax Town FC, Barrow FC, Grimsby Town FC, Southend United FC 1962-1976) and Bob (Halifax Town FC, Middlesbrough FC, Notts County FC, Southend United FC & Hartlepool United FC, 1964-75); Uncle of Gary (Darlington FC, Wrexham AFC, Wigan Athletic AFC, Exeter City FC and Doncaster Rovers FC, 1988-94)
Height/Weight 6' 0", 12st. 0lbs [1975].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & ENFA.

Management Career

Club(s) Worthington was appointed the player-manager at Tranmere Rovers FC on 9 July 1985, until 12 February 1987, when he was sacked as a cost-cutting measure. He returned to his hometown club of Halifax Town FC for the 1991-92 season to act as a player-coach.
Club honours League best: 19th Division Four 1985-86;

England Career

Player number 898th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
First match No. 480, 15 May 1974, England 1 Northern Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, substitute (55), aged 25 years 173 days.
Last match No. 487, 20 November 1974, England 0 Portugal 0, a European Championship qualification match at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, substitute (70), aged 25 years 362 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1973-74;
Team honours British Championship shared 1973-74;
Individual honours England U23 (two appearances)
Distinctions Worthington was the fiftieth substitute used by England

Beyond England

no additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.277/278.
Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in March 2016, although Frank denied this a day later.

 

The Numbers
Squads Apps comp. apps Starts Sub on unused minutes goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
  8 4 6 ▲2
▼3
  522 2 261 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
8 3 4 1 10 7 +3 2 4 1.25 0.875 62.5 +2

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 4 2 2 0 6 2 +4 1 3 1.50 0.50 75.0 +2
Away 4 1 2 1 4 5 -1 1 1 1.00 1.25 50.0 =0

Shirt Record

Colour P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 2 3 1.333 1.00 58.3 +1
Red 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 0 1 1.00 0.50 75.0 +1

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

ECP

2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 1 2 1.50 0.00 75.0 +1
ECF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
European Championship 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 1 2 1.50 0.00 75.0 +1
British Championship 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
Friendly 4 1 3 0 6 5 +1 0 1 1.50 1.25 62.5 +1

Tournament Record

European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1974-76 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 1 2 1.50 0.00 75.0 +1
ECP All 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 1 2 1.50 0.00 75.0 +1

British Championship Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1973-74 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
BC All 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
EC 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 1 2 1.50 0.00 75.0 +1
BC 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1 1 1 1.00 0.50 50.0 =0
4 2 1 1 4 2 +2 2 3 1.00 0.50 62.5 +1

Match History

 Club: Leicester City F.C. - 8 full appearances (522 min)

manager: Sir Alf Ramsey - no full appearancesx


Age 23
1 u23 4 June 1972 - Poland 0 England 3, Stadion Dziesięciolecia, Warszawa tour AW Start 10
2 u23 7 June 1972 - USSR 0 England 0, Kiev Central Stadium, Kyiv AD Start ▼75 10

Age 24
477 14 November 1973 - England 0 Italy 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HL squad member
478 3 April 1974 - Portugal 0 England 0, Estádio do SL Benfica, Lisboa Fr AD injured
squad member

 

manager: Joe Mercer - six full appearances (440 min)x


Age 25
479 11 May 1974 - Wales 0 England 2, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW squad/
unused sub
1 480 15 May 1974 - England 1 Northern Ireland 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
HW 55 16
2 481 18 May 1974 - Scotland 2 England 0
Hampden Park, Glasgow
AL ▼70 9
3 482 22 May 1974 - England 2 Argentina 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD  53 9
4 483 29 May 1974 - GDR 1 England 1
Zentralstadion, Leipzig
tour AD 9
5 484 1 June 1974 - Bulgaria 0 England 1
Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofija
AW 44 9
6 485 5 June 1974 - Yugoslavia 2 England 2
Stadion Crvena zvezda, Beograd
AD ▼65 9

 

manager: Don Revie - two full appearances (82 min)x


7 486 30 October 1974 - England 3 Czechoslovakia 0
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
ECP HW ▼62 9
8 487 20 November 1974 - England 0 Portugal 0
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
ECP HD 70 14
   

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