He played more matches for Leicester City and numbered arch-rivals Leeds United among his 10 other senior clubs.

But Huddersfield Town fans will always think of one-time star striker Frank Worthington as one of their own.

And the reaction of supporters to the revelation the 67-year-old is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease has shown the esteem in which he is still held.

It’s almost 44 years since Worthington left Town for Leicester in a £70,000 deal after a £150,000 move to Liverpool collapsed because two separate medicals showed high blood pressure.

But he still lives in Huddersfield and remains a regular visitor to the club where he learned the game under the late Ian Greaves and made 192 appearances, scoring 48 times.

Worthington was not just a very good player - he went on to win England honours after two Under 23 appearances while at Leeds Road - but a real entertainer in the varied colours of Town, Leicester, Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Leeds, Sunderland, Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion, Tranmere Rovers (where he was player-manager), Preston North End and Stockport County as well as a string of non-league club and teams in the USA, Sweden, South Africa and Ireland.

Fans loved his flamboyance, both off the field and on it, as well as his goals.

Frank Worthington in the colours of Huddersfield Town, the first of his many clubs

The Halifax-born ace loved the high life professional football provides (perhaps the downside was that high blood pressure), but he was also a dedicated trainer who took his profession seriously – he was still playing non-league football in his forties.

That meant disciplinarian Greaves was willing to cut him a certain amount of slack.

Legend has it a young Worthington once played keepy-uppy while being given a lecture by his boss - and never took his eyes off him.

“You needed a Frank Worthington in your side,” said Greaves, still the last manager to take Town to the top flight (in 1970).

“What you didn’t need was 11 Frank Worthingtons.”

The frontman, who joined Town from school in 1964 and made his debut in 1967, was the 19-goal top scorer and one of seven ever-presents in the side which won the old Second Division (now Championship).

After 14 years, Town were back in the First Division and mixing it with the elite.

Worthington was a central figure in the well-remembered matches against Arsenal, beaten 2-1 at Leeds Road during their 1970-71 double-winning season, and West Ham United, seen off 4-2 in the fifth round of the FA Cup in February 1972.

“Frank took Bobby Moore to the cleaners that day,” recalled one Town supporter.

Sharp shooter ... striker Frank Worthington outside Huddersfield Town's old Leeds Road ground in 1972

Worthington and Greaves were later reunited at Bolton Wanderers, and there was another Second Division title success to savour in 1978.

The following season came a ‘wonder goal’ against Ipswich Town at Burnden Park.

Even the referee applauded after Worthington, who started with his back to goal, headed and juggled the ball before flicking it over his shoulder and turning to volley home.

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In between Town and Bolton came his five-season stint at Leicester, during which he won eight England caps.

Worthington maintains the figure would have been higher had he not been sidelined by Don Revie.

“He didn’t like the individuals, the characters, the rebels,” explained the man who once left Sir Alf Ramsey shocked by reporting for Under 23 duty wearing cowboy boots and a red silk shirt.

He might not have been on Revie’s Christmas card list, but the way he is greeted as he arrives for matches at the John Smith’s Stadium shows he is very well liked by many.