Boozy night with Miss GB scuppered Huddersfield aces dream Liverpool transfer

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The story of how Huddersfield Town icon Frank Worthington missed out on a dream transfer to Liverpool after a night with Miss GB has resurfaced.

Worthington came through the ranks at Huddersfield before going on to star for the club in the late 60s – but he was denied a dream move to Anfield early in his career after a wild week-long stay in Majorca led to a failed medical.

Worthington sadly passed away earlier this year at the age of 72 after a lengthy battle with illness.

On the pitch, Worthington was affectionately dubbed as "the working man's George Best" for his footballing flair and infectious character.

The strikers partying saw him put into the same bracket as the likes of Best and Rodney Marsh; stars who were renowned for their wild antics back in the day.

Worthington admitted as much in a previous interview: “I used to be out ‘til all hours boozing it up, but these days, I touch nothing stronger than the odd glass of lager or wine. I like to be tucked up in bed by 10pm.”

But Worthington's big break was scuppered in 1972 after a dream move to Anfield fell through over a medical issue – despite the best efforts of former Reds boss, Bill Shankley.

After striking a deal for the striker, there were concerns over Worthington's blood pressure at the time.

Undeterred, Shankley sent Worthington off to Majorca for a week to soak up some sun and to rest ahead of a second crack at passing medical tests on his return.

But unfortunately for Worthington, his short stint in Spain turned out to be terminal for his dream move.

According to the Huddersfield Examiner, Worthington’s break saw him embark on a seven-day bender that involved heavy drinking involving two blonde Swedish females, a night with Miss Great Britain and an ‘encounter’ with another woman at the airport.

Unsurprisingly, Worthington's second medical didn't exactly go to plan when he touched down back in the UK.

After his wild trip, Worthington's blood pressure ended up being even higher the second time around; leaving Shankley with no choice but to pull the plug on the move.

The classy Reds legend even sent Worthington's mother flowers after the transfer collapsed, with Worthington appearing to confirm after the event that there were no hard feelings.

“There was no point in getting upset,” he said at the time. “I just told myself it was their loss.”

Although Worthington didn't seal his move to Anfield, he did move on from Yorkshire in 1972.

Liverpool's loss would turn out to become Leicester City's gain as they snapped up Worthington shortly afterward.

It was at Leicester that Worthington won England honours, with the striker earning eight caps and netting two goals for his country.

After spending five years at Filbert Street, Worthington went on to play for a host of other big clubs in England; including Bolton, Leeds, Southampton and Sunderland.

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Worthington went on to show that his Liverpool heartbreak didn't dampen his spirit or cull his colourful personality later in his career when it was revealed that Worthington would often turn up to training during his time at Sunderland dressed as Elvis Pressley, who Worthington was an avid fan of.

He also had spells playing in the United States and South Africa during his iconic and unusual playing career that remarkably spanned over four decades.

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