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|Full name||Frank Stewart Worthington|
|Date of birth||23 November 1948|
|Place of birth||Halifax, England|
|1979||→ Philadelphia Fury (loan)||21||(10)|
|1980||→ Mjällby AIF (loan)||12||(4)|
|1981||→ Tampa Bay Rowdies (loan)||26||(11)|
|1984–1985||Brighton & Hove Albion||31||(7)|
|1987||Preston North End||23||(3)|
|1988||Cape Town Spurs|
|1991–1992||Halifax Town (player-coach)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Frank Stewart Worthington (born 23 November 1948) is a former English footballer. Frank was born into a footballing family in Shelf near Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire. Both of his parents had played the game and his two older brothers, Dave and Bob, became professional footballers, both began their careers with Halifax Town. His nephew Gary was also a professional footballer.
Worthington began his career as a forward for Huddersfield Town in 1966 before playing for Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Leeds United, Sunderland, Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion, Tranmere Rovers, Preston North End, Stockport County and Galway United. Worthington played into his 40s making 757 English League appearances and scoring 234 goals. He also played in the United States (with NASL teams Philadelphia Fury and Tampa Bay Rowdies), South Africa, Sweden and in English non-League football.
Worthington's spell at Tranmere Rovers was as player-manager and although he had some success he did not return to management.
He showed flair and skill in his play and was always noticeable; he did not wear shin guards and his socks often fell to his ankles. Worthington also had the reputation for enjoying the high life. After his retirement from the game he turned to the after-dinner speaking circuit and also published his autobiography One Hump Or Two. The front cover featured a smiling Worthington, contemplating putting lumps of sugar in his cup of tea; the book title is a deliberate sexual pun.
In 1984, Worthington made three guest appearances for Manchester United against the Australian national team, Nottingham Forest and Juventus on their post-season tour of Australia. He then made a further guest appearance for the club in May 1985 against an Oxford United XI for Peter Foley's testimonial.
Worthington won eight caps for England in 1974, scoring two goals, during his time at Leicester City.
- Football League Second Division Champions: 1969–70
- Football League First Division Leading Goalscorer Season: 1978–79
References↑Jump back a section
- Frank Worthington management career stats at Soccerbase
- Frank Worthington Bob's 70-71 Footballers
- Article on Leeds Legends website
- Profile and stats at FoxesHistory.co.uk