NO LONGER WANDERER
Footballer Frank Worthington has died aged 72 after suffering from dementia. A cult figure of the 1960s through 1980s, he won two second division titles with Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers respectively yet should have gone further with his undisputed talents. A fan was Liverpool icon Bill Shankly who wanted to sign Frank for Liverpool. Worthington failed the medical due to high blood pressure, but Shankly was insistent on getting his man, and sent him on holiday to Majorca to relax. In Majorca, Frank Worthington swiftly get friendly with Miss Great Britain, and returned to Merseyside to record even higher blood pressure than what he’d been sent out there with! The move failed and bar a brief stay at Leeds in his mid-30s, he never played for a major club. (Sorry Leicester City fans!) Fond of fast cars, fast drink and fast women, Worthington was one of those from the playboy era of footballing mavericks which the modern game has wiped out (Ravel Morrison) or made surprisingly dull individuals for mad shaggers (John Terry). Worthington was a unique pick for Tick Tock Stopped Ticking. He was also a highly sought after dinner speaker – can’t think why – and wrote his own autobiography, entitled One Hump or Two.
23 November 1948 – 22 March 2021