Frank Worthington Biography – Frank Worthington Wiki
Frank Worthington (full name Frank Stewart Worthington) was an English footballer. During his 24-year playing career, he played in 22 consecutive Football League seasons from 1966/7, scoring 266 goals in 882 appearances in all competitions. In 14 of those seasons, he played in the top division, notching 150 goals in 466 matches, and won the Golden Boot award in 1978/79 as the leading scorer ahead of Kenny Dalglish and Frank Stapleton. He also made eight appearances for England, scoring two goals.
He made his league debut aged 18 in 1967 and scored 19 goals for the Terriers during the 1969-70 season to help them win promotion to the old First Division. After Huddersfield Town, he went on to play numerous clubs including Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Leeds United, Sunderland, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion, Tranmere Rovers, Preston North End, Stockport County, Cape Town Spurs, Chorley, Stalybridge Celtic, Galway United, Weymouth, Radcliffe Borough, Guiseley, Hinckley Town, Cemaes Bay, and Halifax Town. His time at Tranmere Rovers was as player-manager.
Frank Worthington Age
He was born on 23 November 1948, in Halifax, England, United Kingdom. He died on 22 March 2021, in Huddersfield, England. He was 72 years old.
Frank Worthington Family
He was born to Eric and Alice. His father was released by Manchester United before the Second World War and went on to play for Halifax as an inside forward. His mother was a center-forward for the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. He had two elder brothers Dave Worthington and Bob Worthington, both defenders, who had long and successful Football League careers most notably with Grimsby and Notts County respectively. He also had a younger sister, Julie.
Frank Worthington Wife
Worthington married his first wife, Birgitta, from Sweden, in 1973 soon after the birth of their son, Frank Jr, and their daughter Kim Malou was born in 1974. He married second wife Carol Dwyer, daughter of former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Noel Dwyer, in 1986 following a long friendship.
Frank Worthington Children
He had two children, a son, Frank Jr, and a daughter Kim Malou with his first wife Birgitta.
Frank Worthington Daughter
He has a daughter, Kim-Malou Worthington.
Frank Worthington Death
He died peacefully in hospital in Huddersfield on 22 March 2021, at the age of 72 following a long illness, his family announced. “It is with great sadness that the death is announced of football legend Frank Worthington who passed away last night,” read the statement from Worthington’s family. “Frank died peacefully in hospital in Huddersfield following a long illness.”
“Frank brought joy to so many people throughout his career and in his private life,” Frank Worthington’s wife, Carol Worthington, said. “He will be greatly missed by everyone who loved him so much.”
Huddersfield said in a statement: “Everyone at #htafc is devastated to hear of the passing of Town legend Frank Worthington. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
England’s national team tweeted: “We’re deeply saddened to learn that Frank Worthington, who represented the Three Lions eight times in 1974, has passed away at the age of 72. All of our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said in a statement: “Very sad to hear about the passing of Frank Worthington, a great player and great character, who lit up the game and then went on to be a marvellous after-dinner speaker with his football tales. Our deepest sympathies go to Carol and all his family. He will be much missed but never forgotten.”
Bolton Wanderers said, “It is with great sadness that Bolton Wanderers has today learned of the passing of club legend Frank Worthington. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Leicester and England great Gary Lineker tweeted: “Profoundly saddened to hear that Frank Worthington has died. He was my boyhood hero when he was at @LCFC. A beautiful footballer, a maverick and a wonderful character who was so kind to this young apprentice when he joined the club. RIP Frank (Elvis).”
Frank Worthington Illness, Health
Frank Worthington’s daughter, Kim-Malou Worthington, announced on Facebook in 2016 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but Worthington issued a statement the following day denying that he had the condition.
He was 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.