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Frank Worthington
Personal information
Full name Frank Stewart Worthington
Date of birth 23 November 1948 (1948-11-23) (age 61)
Place of birth Halifax, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1972 Huddersfield Town 171 (41)
1972–1977 Leicester City 210 (72)
1977–1979 Bolton Wanderers 84 (35)
1979 Philadelphia Fury (loan) 21 (10)
1979–1982 Birmingham City 75 (29)
1980 Mjällby AIF (loan) 12 (4)
1981 Tampa Bay Rowdies (loan) 26 (11)
1982 Leeds United 32 (14)
1982–1983 Sunderland 19 (2)
1983–1984 Southampton 34 (4)
1984–1985 Brighton & Hove Albion 31 (7)
1985–1987 Tranmere Rovers 59 (21)
1987 Preston North End 23 (3)
1987–1988 Stockport County 19 (6)
1988 Cape Town Spurs
1988 Chorley 3 (0)
1988-1989 Stalybridge Celtic
1989 Galway United 2 (0)
1989 Weymouth 4 (1)
1989-1990 Radcliffe Borough
1990 Guiseley
1990-1991 Hinckley Town
1991 Cemaes Bay
1991-1992 Halifax Town (player-coach) 0 (0)
National team
1974 England 8 (2)
Teams managed
1985–1987 Tranmere Rovers
* 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.


Playing career

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 won eight caps for England in 1974, scoring two goals.

Worthington's spell at Tranmere Rovers was as player-manager and although he had some success he did not return to management.

Worthington had the reputation for enjoying the high life. Following retirement from the game Frank turned to the after-dinner speaking circuit and also published his autobiography "One Hump Or Two". The front cover featured a smiling Frank contemplating putting lumps of sugar in his cup of tea with the book title also alluding to his interest in the ladies.

Worthington is remembered for scoring one of the most remarkable goals in English football when playing for Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town on 21 April, 1979. Having his back to goal at the edge of the 18 yard box, with the Ipswich Town defence moving out to play the offside-trap, he controlled the aerial ball with his knee, kept it up twice with his foot whilst moving away from goal before flicking it over his head, wrong-footing the defenders, to turn and volley it past the 'keeper.

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.

Signed for Galway United in February 1989 [1].

Worthington further represented England in the 1991 edition of the World Cup of Masters, scoring in the opening round against Uruguay.

Frank is married to the daughter of Noel Dwyer.


Bolton Wanderers



  • Frank Worthington (1994). One Hump or Two?. Polar Print Group. ISBN 1-8995380-0-3.  

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