Former TRFC player-manager Frank Worthington dies aged 72

Former Tranmere Rovers player-manager, Frank Worthington has died aged 72.

Across all clubs, he played in 22 consecutive Football League seasons from 1966 to 1987, scoring 266 goals in 882 appearances in all competitions.

During his time at Tranmere Rovers, he chalked up 59 appearances and scored 21 goals between 1985 and 1987. Although Worthington had some success at Tranmere, he did not return to management after his tenure ended.

In a statement, the Professional Footballers Association said, “We are very sad to hear the news about Frank Worthington. He was a great player and great character who lit up the game. He was also a marvellous after dinner entertainer with his football tales.

“Our deepest sympathies to Carol and all his family. Frank will be much missed but never forgotten.”

Known as a flamboyant maverick and a player with flair, he famously had a picture of his idol Elvis Presley on his desk when player-manager at Tranmere Rovers.

Frank Worthington has a long and illustrious career as a player at a host of clubs including Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City and Leeds United caught the attention by then-club chairman Bruce Osterman, and joined Rovers in the summer of 1985.

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