Frank Worthington: football maverick described as 'the working man's George Best' dies aged 72

Frank Worthington at Bolton Wanderers
Former Bolton Wanderers' player Frank Worthington Credit: S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

Tributes have been paid to former Bolton Wanderers player Frank Worthington after he died aged 72.

The striker, who represented more than 20 clubs, passed away in hospital following a long illness.

ITV Granada Reports Correspondent David Chisnall takes a look back at his career:

Worthington was a football maverick who lit up the pitch with his thrilling style of play.

A legend at Bolton Wanderers, his wonder goal against Ipswich in 1979 will go down as one of the game's greatest.

Worthington's old club paid tribute to their former striker after his family announced he'd died on the evening of Monday 22 March.

Described as 'the working man's George Best' by former Bolton and Huddersfield manager Ian Greaves, Worthington won eight England caps and represented over 20 clubs including Huddersfield, Leicester, Tranmere, Preston and Stockport.

Frank Worthington playing for England in 1974 against Scotland at Hampden Park Credit: Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport

Unashamedly non-establishment, Worthington hit the headlines as much for his off-field exploits as his talents on it.

His wife Carol paid tribute to the much-loved football showman, who passed away peacefully in hospital following a long illness.

In a long career that began in 1966 he played in 22 consecutive Football League seasons.  

Today his former clubs paid their respects to one of football's great entertainers.