Former England striker Frank Worthington has died at the age of 72 after a long illness, his family have said.
Worthington played for over 20 clubs including Huddersfield, Leicester and Bolton during a long career that spanned from 1966 to 1991.
One of the great mavericks of English football, he made his appearances in England in 1974, scoring two goals. His family said he passed away peacefully at Huddersfield Hospital on Monday.
Worthington is well known for his wonderful individual goal for Bolton in a Division 1 game against Ipswich in 1979.
Worthington’s wife Carol paid tribute to the famous football showman. “Frank has brought joy to so many people throughout his career and in his private life,” she said. “He will be sadly missed by all who loved him so much.”
Worthington started his career at Huddersfield before moving to Leicester in 1972. He went on to play in the United States, Sweden, South Africa, Republic of Ireland and Wales as well as for many league clubs. and outside the league in England.
After his playing career, he had a spell as manager of Tranmere and became an after-dinner speaker. Worthington also posted an autobiography, One Hump or Two, which contained entertaining accounts of his playing days, as well as stories about his life off the pitch.
Shamelessly non-institutional, Worthington has made headlines as much for his off-field exploits as for his rarefied talents.
Once described by former Huddersfield and Bolton manager Ian Greaves as “the workman’s George Best”, Worthington played 22 straight seasons in the Football League from 1966 to 1967, scoring 266 goals in 882 appearances in all competitions.
In 14 of those seasons he played in the Premier League, scoring 150 goals in 466 games, and won the Golden Boot in 1978-79 as the top scorer ahead of Kenny Dalglish and Frank Stapleton.
In 2016, he denied claims by his daughter Kim-Malou Worthington that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.