Former England striker, Frank Worthington, passes away aged 72

Former England striker, Frank Worthington, passes away aged 72

Former England striker, Frank Worthington, passes away aged 72

Sad news in the footballing world emerged this morning, as football legend and former England striker, Frank Worthington, passed away at the age of 72 after a battle with a long illness.

His family announced that Worthington passed peacefully in a Huddersfield hospital on Monday evening.

England striker Worthington had a long illustrious career

Former England striker, Frank Worthington, has passed away aged 72
Frank Worthington will be remembered for his incredible skill on the pitch.

Frank Worthington had a wonderful football career that spanned from 1966 to 1991.

During this time, Worthington played for over 20 clubs as well as making 8 England appearances in 1974, scoring twice for his country against Argentina and Bulgaria.

As a player, Worthington managed 266 goals in 882 appearances, playing not only in England, but also in Sweden, South Africa, America, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

Worthington also had a spell at management when he became the player-manager of Tranmere Rovers from 1985-1987.

14 of his seasons as a player were played in England’s first division, scoring 150 goals in 466 matches.

During this spell, Worthington played for the likes of Leicester City, Brighton, Leeds United, Birmingham City, Southampton and Bolton, as well as starting his career at Huddersfield Town.

Notably, Worthington won the England First Division Golden Boot in the 1978-79 season, beating the likes of Arsenal’s Frank Stapleton and Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish.

During this incredible season, Worthington scored arguably the best goal of his career against Ipswich.

As the ball bounced to Worthington at the edge of Ipswich box, he controlled it with his head before taking two keepy-ups and flicking it over his head and past the Ipswich defence, where he then fired a volley into the bottom corner.

Not bad for a player that famously never used to wear shin-pads.

“The working man’s George Best”

Former England striker, Frank Worthington, has passed away aged 72
Frank Worthington and his wife, Carol.

As former Bolton and Huddersfield manager, Ian Greaves, once said, Worthington was “the working man’s George Best” – showcasing just how revered Worthington was.

Former Leicester and England striker, Gary Lineker, paid tribute to Worthington on Twitter, saying “He was my boyhood hero when he was at LCFC.” as well as describing Worthington as “a beautiful footballer, a maverick and a wonderful character.”

Worthington’s wife, Carol, also paid tribute to her late, great husband by stating “Frank brought joy to so many people throughout his career and in his private life” as well as adding “he will be greatly missed by everyone who loved him so much.”

Rest in Peace to Frank Worthington.

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