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Frank Worthington: One of football’s greatest playboys who even dated Miss Great Britain

It potentially scuppered a move to Liverpool, but Frank Worthington was never one to dampen his off-pitch lifestyle during his playing days.

Worthington, who has died at the age of 72, formerly dated Miss Great Britain though it didn’t stop him bedding other glam girls.

It’s perhaps no wonder he was labelled in the same category as George Best, given his wild partying lifestyle.

Bill Shankly wanted to sign Worthington for a club record £150,000 in 1972 though the deal was put on hold after a medical revealed the forward had high blood pressure.

Shankly sent Worthington on holiday to Majorca to relax, with the former Huddersfield star having recently lost his father.

Frank Worthington enjoyed his time away from the pitch

Though Worthington failed the medical again on his return having reportedly chatted up another woman on the plane to the Balearic Islands.

He didn’t stop there, having a threesome with a Swedish mother and daughter, and then another romp with a Belgian lady.

It’s perhaps no wonder he called his autobiography ‘One Hump or Two?’, saying: “George Best had a reputation with the ladies but I had more than my fair share.

Frank Worthington had a reputation for his wild partying
Frank Worthington had a reputation for his wild partying

“There’s one story about how I managed to seduce a Swedish teenager and her mother. They were great days.”

Worthington was also a fan of a tipple, previously admitting: “I used to be out ‘til all hours boozing it up”.

It arguably stopped him from taking his wonderful career even further, though he did manage two goals in eight appearances for England.

Spells with Leicester, Bolton, Birmingham and Southampton were in his 26-year career, having also taken charge of Tranmere.

Frank Worthington has died at the age of 72
Frank Worthington has died at the age of 72

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Worthington had battled Alzheimer’s disease in his later years and previously told The Guardian: “Towards the end of my time at Huddersfield, I was really abusing my body, and it simply couldn’t go on forever. It was a warning from the fellow up there.”

Worthington had named his Swedish ex-wife as his toughest opponent in a Q&A with his fondness of the high life leaving him low on funds.

Though he retired without winning a major trophy, not that Worthington ever complained about the career he had.

Frank Worthington seen here then-girlfriend Vicki in 1971
Frank Worthington seen here then-girlfriend Vicki in 1971

“I admit I have not been an angel, but nothing has ever come before football,” he told the Daily Express in 1985.

“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.”

Frank Worthington, ex England and Bolton Wanderers footballer, seen here with his wife Brigitta
January 1978
Frank Worthington, ex England and Bolton Wanderers footballer, seen here with his wife Brigitta January 1978

He even spent time with iconic 1960s and 70s sex symbol Raquel Welch, saying: “I scored a nice one at Chelsea once in a game we lost, but that’s not what I remember from that day. After the game, guess who I got a strong connection with? Raquel Welch!

“She spotted me in the players’ lounge and came over. I took her out later to a nightclub. She had a blue tight-fitting leather suit on.

“I had quite a lot of hair and was a lot younger then. I was wearing some wild clothes and she tried to kiss me on the dance floor. Happily, I didn’t have my moustache at the time.”

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While Worthington joked in a 2003 documentary: “I had a marvellous time in football, played against many great players and lived life to the full.

“People say I’ve squandered fortunes — booze, gambling and women. Well, as my old mate Stan Bowles said, it’s a lot better than wasting it.

“The Seventies were absolutely the best time for any football player, not just for football, but for the life and for the music industry, the things that were going on around us. They were absolutely fantastic.”

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