Feature by Brian Cartlidge
Updated Saturday, 6th February 2010
One of the games true entertainers, Frank Worthington.
Worthington simply loved to entertain and he did just that for more than two years at St. Andrew's.
Born in Halifax on 23/11/1948 "Worthy" played for 11 league club's making over 750 league appearances during an illustrious 25-year footballing career.
Frank was capped by England on eight occasions and played twice for the England under-23's.
He joined Blues in November 1979 from Bolton Wanderer's for £150,000 and made his debut on Saturday, 1st December in a 2-1 defeat at home to Leicester City.
He went on to make a total of 71 League appearances for Blues (+4 as sub) during his two-season spell, scoring 29 goals, and helped the club to promotion to the First Division in his first season.
When the then Blues boss Jim Smith left and Ron Saunders took over the helm at St. Andrew's it was the beginning of the end of Frank's stay at the club.
"Ron Saunders and I did not see eye-to-eye either personally or footballing wise" he was later to say.
In March 1982, after a loan spell with American side Tampa Bay Rowdies, Worthington joined Leeds in a part exchange deal that saw Welsh international Byrom Stevenson join Blues.
Although he only spent a short time at the club, many Blues fans consider Frank Worthington to be one of the clubs best ever post-war players.
Frank ended his career at Halifax in 1992 and now concentrates on "after dinner speeches."