Former England, Leicester Metropolis striker Frank Worthington passes away aged 72

Former England, Leicester Metropolis striker Frank Worthington passes away aged 72

Worthington, described by one in all his former managers as ‘the working man’s George Finest’ received all of his eight caps in 1974 scoring two targets.

Former England, Leicester City striker Frank Worthington passes away aged 72

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London: Former England worldwide striker Frank Worthington, one of many nice showmen of English soccer, has died aged 72 after a protracted sickness, his household introduced on Tuesday.

Worthington, described by one in all his former managers as “the working man’s George Finest” received all of his eight caps in 1974 scoring two targets.

“Frank introduced pleasure to so many individuals all through his profession and in his personal life,” mentioned his widow Carol Worthington, in an announcement to the Press Affiliation.

“He will likely be tremendously missed by everybody who cherished him a lot.”

Worthington, who died on Monday, performed in 22 consecutive Soccer League seasons from 1966-67, scoring 266 targets in 882 appearances in all competitions.

In 14 of these seasons he performed within the prime division, getting 150 targets in 466 matches, and received the Golden Boot because the main scorer taking part in for Bolton in 1978-79 forward of Kenny Dalglish and Frank Stapleton.

Sporting the lengthy hair trendy on the time, the striker’s most efficient spell was the 5 years he spent at Leicester Metropolis.

Regardless of that period being filled with famend hardmen defenders, Worthington eschewed taking part in with shin guards and infrequently had his socks rolled all the way down to his ankles.

He was additionally a member of the Southampton aspect that completed title runners-up within the 1983/84 marketing campaign, ending simply three factors adrift of the nice Liverpool aspect.

Fellow former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “Profoundly saddened to listen to that Frank Worthington has died. He was my boyhood hero when he was at @LCFC.”

“A good looking footballer, a maverick and a beautiful character who was so form to this younger apprentice when he joined the membership. RIP Frank (Elvis).”

Worthington was one in all a technology of entertaining maverick showmen comparable to Tony Currie, Charlie George, Stan Bowles and Rodney Marsh.

He was famend for his vibrant life off the pitch and was a frequent customer to nightclubs, typically crooning his favorite Elvis songs on stage.

He took his crowd-pleasing abilities to a number of different nations together with america, Sweden, South Africa, the Republic of Eire and Wales and performed for quite a few league and non-league golf equipment in England.

He ultimately hung up his boots after a interval as Halifax City participant/coach in 1992.

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