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Former Leicester, Bolton and England star Frank Worthington dies age 72

Frank Worthington has died following a long illness, his family have announced.

Famously once described as “the working man’s George Best”, Worthington, 72, played for the likes of Huddersfield, Leicester and Bolton during a 24-year playing career.

He also made eight appearances for England, scoring two goals.

Worthington, one of the great mavericks of English football, had been suffering with an illness in recent years. He died peacefully in hospital on March 22, his family confirmed.

“It is with great sadness that the death is announced of football legend Frank Worthington who passed away last night,” read the statement from Worthington’s family.

“Frank died peacefully in hospital in Huddersfield following a long illness.”

Worthington celebrating his 71st birthday with his wife Carole at Huddersfield in 2019

His wife, Carol, lead tributes: “Frank brought joy to so many people throughout his career and in his private life.

“He will be greatly missed by everyone who loved him so much.”

Worthington was one of the greatest players of his generation and his playboy lifestyle – and outlandish sense of dress – made him a favourite with fans.

A scorer of great goals, he found the net 266 times in 882 appearances in all competitions and played 22 consecutive Football League seasons.

In 14 of those seasons he played in the top division, notching 150 goals in 466 matches, and won the Golden Boot award in 1978-79 as the leading scorer ahead of Kenny Dalglish and Frank Stapleton.

Frank Worthington during his time with Leicester City
Frank Worthington during his time with Leicester City

His playing career also took him to Sweden, the USA and South Africa.

In 1984 he also made three guest appearances for Manchester United on their post-season tour of Australia – despite being a Southampton player at the time.

He made a further guest appearance for the Red Devils in May 1985, in Peter Foley’s testimonial against Oxford United.

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