Frank Worthington – Former Football Playboy, for Huddersfield, Birmingham, Bolton, Preston and Southampton Footballer. One of Football’s Great Characters and an Entertaining After-Dinner Speaker. One of the true entertainers in our national game. Frank Worthington has remained a romantic throughout a lasting love affair with the game.
His hero, true to his other great passion for rock and roll, was Elvis Presley, in whom he identified a free, incorruptible and kindred spirit. The difference is that Frank Worthington survived. Survived to extend the light of his brilliant ball control into a third decade, confounding all those who tried to kick the skill or enthusiasm out of him, retaining his individual integrity, delighting an enchanted public.
Frank Worthington won Division Two Championship Medals with Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers and also won promotion to Division One with Birmingham City and to Division Three with Preston North End. When he was with Southampton they were Division One runners-up. Frank Worthington played over 800 Football League games, scoring over 250 goals and won 8 England caps.
He also played at all the other top clubs including: Stringfellows, Tramps and Playboy!!
20 years in the game: – Huddersfield, Leicester, Bolton, Birmingham, Leeds, Sunderland, Southampton, Brighton, Tranmere (Manager), Preston North End, Stockport
Frank Worthington released his autobiography One Hump or Two? back in 1995 which was a great success. In between the stories of partying and womanising Frank talks about his football career – and what a career it was. He tells of the many high and low points during the three decades he graced the game.
One of his career highlights was winning the coveted First Division Golden Boot Award as top scorer, ahead of Kenny Dalglish and the thrill of scoring in an England shirt during one of his all too rare full international appearances.
The lows include many dressing room dramas and boot room bust ups at the 11 Football League clubs he played for. Frank Worthington will always be remembered as a flair player and he saves some of his most savage comments for the managers who refuse to find a place for the most talented performers One of football’s great characters, an entertainer on the pitch and now an enthralling speaker with his stories from within and outside of the dressing room.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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