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Mercurial striker Frank Worthington dies aged 72

Footballer Frank Worthington – a player blessed with mercurial talent – has died. He was aged 72.

He was one of England’s greatest talents and scored incredible goals for many clubs and his country.

He came to notice in the Swingin’ Sixties with a 1966 debut for Huddersfield Town.

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In all, over 20 seasons Worthington played for more than 20 clubs.

He pulled on an England shirt eight times.

He was the ultimate showman with his on-field wizardry, scoring 266 goals in all competitions.

He was known as “the working man’s George Best”.

In the 1978/79 he won the coveted Golden Boot award.

His family: “It is with great sadness that the death is announced of football legend Frank Worthington who passed away last night.

“Frank died peacefully in hospital in Huddersfield following a long illness.”

His wife Carol said: “Frank brought joy to so many people throughout his career and in his private life.

“He will be greatly missed by everyone who loved him so much.”

Leicester and England player 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).”

Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said:

“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.”

 

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