Frank Worthington: R.I.P

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Not one to usually start a thread about another club's player.... but just saw that Frank Worthington had died, aged 72.

For those of us from a 'certain' generation, Frank was one of a handful of players you grew up just liking, regardless of what team they played for.
I'm sure people older than I will feel the same about George Best, and fans of other clubs possibly felt the same about Jimmy Greaves, Danny Blanchflowrr & Pat Jennings.... and later, the likes of Hoddle & Ardiles...

But I'm a child of the '70s/early '80s, and players like Frank Worthington, Stan Bowles, Rodney Marsh, Liam Brady (sorry!) Dalglish, Keegan, pretty much WERE the '70s!

They'd be who you'd tune into Match Of The Day for, even if Spurs weren't playing, or go to see play live, even if they DID play for the opposition!

It seems somewhat poignant that in a year where football has died a little, so many iconic players from such an iconic era have been lost.

RIP Frank.
 

OldBoy68

Struggling to care
Greatest goal ever. It's subjective but WTF


It's just the finish. I used to play with a guy who played in Franks testimonial and he talks about it like it was witchcraft. FW was in his 40's at that point and his first touch was so good Paul Ince actually retired.
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RIP...remember trying to recreate that goal at the park even though it was scored before I was even thought of.

My uncle talked a lot about all those type of players, his personal favourite after Bestie (of course), was Robin Friday. My uncle told me he kicked Lawro in the face and was a complete maniac.

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Bazali

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I used to live near Leicester when Frank came down

Worshipped by the Filbert Street faithful

But was a lad for the ladies!

Great player and, like Ginola, was often worth the admission fee!
RIP
 

Nutter-Naylor

Supporter
Not one to usually start a thread about another club's player.... but just saw that Frank Worthington had died, aged 72.

For those of us from a 'certain' generation, Frank was one of a handful of players you grew up just liking, regardless of what team they played for.
I'm sure people older than I will feel the same about George Best, and fans of other clubs possibly felt the same about Jimmy Greaves, Danny Blanchflowrr & Pat Jennings.... and later, the likes of Hoddle & Ardiles...

But I'm a child of the '70s/early '80s, and players like Frank Worthington, Stan Bowles, Rodney Marsh, Liam Brady (sorry!) Dalglish, Keegan, pretty much WERE the '70s!

They'd be who you'd tune into Match Of The Day for, even if Spurs weren't playing, or go to see play live, even if they DID play for the opposition!

It seems somewhat poignant that in a year where football has died a little, so many iconic players from such an iconic era have been lost.

RIP Frank.

Add Alan Hudson, Tony Currie and a few others to that list.
 

Nutter-Naylor

Supporter
I remember seeing him playing at WHL. Don't remember anything about the game or what the score was but I was in the Paxton and we gave him untold abuse which he took well.

I'm off to look it up!
 

Mrs Perryman

Supporter
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Rod Marsh before he turned into a bell end.

He was my favourite, non-Spurs English player at the time, shame he turned out to be a bit of a wally.
As his name has been brought up, I'm making no apologies to use this opportunity to tell one of my stories.
I did meet him once, outside a clothes factory down Bethnal Green Road, which he part owned with Terry Venables. My friend and I used to walk home from school and we were on the other side of the road, when I saw TV outside the factory and I was saying to my friend, that looks like Terry Venables. She just looked at me blankly as if to say, who the heck is he? I was debating whether to cross the road to ask for an autograph when Rodney came out and I just ran across the road, nearly getting run over in the process. Now most 14 year old girls would have Fab 208 or Jackie in their satchels, but no - I just happened to have the latest edition of Goal magazine to hand, which had a colour picture of Rodney Marsh in it. When TV saw me, he turned tail and ran back into the factory. but Rodney signed my photo and we had a little chat, he asked me who I supported, I told him and thanked him for signing the picture. I still have it in my memory box, which includes the very first autograph I got from Mr P :)
 

OldBoy68

Struggling to care
I remember seeing him playing at WHL. Don't remember anything about the game or what the score was but I was in the Paxton and we gave him untold abuse which he took well.

I'm off to look it up!
Ahh the days when the oppo players could take the shit given out and have the balls to come over after the game. As I recall, we always gave them credit before giving them more shit before they went down the tunnel.
 
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