Booze, babes and one of the greatest goals EVER
NOT many lads from Halifax can get away with wearing a red silk shirt, lime velvet jacket and highheeled cowboy boots – but Frank Worthington isn’t your average Yorkshireman!
After being called up to the England Under-23 squad, Worthington’s outlandish dress sense didn’t go down well with boss Sir Alf Ramsey, who made his feelings clear by throwing a wobbler.
But it wasn’t just the young forward’s outfits that set him apart from other players.
Worthington came through the ranks at Huddersfield Town in 1966 and rapidly gained a reputation for possessing bags of skill – and a penchant for booze and babes.
In 1972, a string of dazzling displays convinced revered Liverpool boss Bill Shankly to offer a club record £150,000 for the sideburn-sporting showman.
But when he failed a medical due to high blood pressure, he was ordered to leave his girlfriend – Miss Great Britain – at home and take a relaxing break in Majorca.
If by relaxing, Liverpool meant having a threesome with a Swedish mother and daughter before bedding a Belgian babe, then Worthington did exactly as he was told! Unsurprisingly, he failed a second medical at Anfield and the move to Liverpool never happened.
So he moved to Leicester, divorced the Swedish wife he impregnated during a holiday fling, had a series of car crashes and continued to live the high life, seven nights a week.
Despite hitting the headlines for lots of wrong reasons, Worthington built up a cult following for his maverick skills and is renowned for scoring one of the greatest goals in the history of English football.
Playing for Bolton against Ipswich in 1979, he controlled the ball with his head, twice juggled it with his left foot and flicked it over his shoulder before firing it on the volley into the net from 20 yards.
After a couple of spells in America, Worthington saw out his career in England’s lower leagues and retired without any major trophies to show for all his abundant talent.
In 1985, he said: “I admit I have not been an angel, but nothing has ever come before football.
“I have no complaints about my life and my career so far and no regrets, apart from one thing. If only I had taken things a little easier early on, I would have gone to Liverpool and the sky would have been the limit.
“But I have never made excuses for anything because that is a weakness. I have always known what I was about and where I was going.”
MAVERICK: Worthington scored on and off the pitch