Booze, babes and one of the great­est goals EVER

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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

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