Reflections: When Cemaes Bay had stars Frank Worthington and Paul Maguire in their line-up

The great Frank Worthington. Photo: All Sport/Getty Images

Back in the early 1990’s Cemaes Bay did not just have some of North Wales’ finest talent playing for them – they attracted one or two celebrities as well.

Glaswegian midfielder Paul Maguire, who represented Stoke City in the First Division from 1980-84, spent three seasons at Cemaes under the management of Colin Hawkins, Bob Brodie and Chris Lawler.

And the Anglesey club hit the headlines in 1991 when former England international and personality extraordinaire Frank Worthington played a game for them.

By now in his early 40’s, Worthington showed he still retained some of his old skills with a fine performance in a 3-0 win (more details required on the match if anyone can help).

Although he didn’t score in this evening fixture played under floodlights at School Lane in front of a decent crowd, the ex-Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers striker laid on a goal for his good friend Maguire. Jackie Welsh was also on fire with a couple of goals.

Cemaes’ boss Hawkins knew Worthington from the time they spent together in America on soccer missions. In the same group were Maguire, Lawler, Mickey Thomas, ex-Bangor City chief Dave Elliott and renowned Anglesey referee Gwyn Pierce Owen.

Picture: Gareth Jones

In his stay on Ynys Môn, Worthington was also involved in a weekend of football at Cemaes Bay.

School Lane was again the venue when Chris Lawler’s All-Stars took on the local team in a charity match for the Alder Hey Hospital Appeal.

Frank (white shirt – central back row, long hair) lines up at Cemaes Bay among many other stars for the Chris Lawler charity match. Picture: Gareth Jones

The All-Stars boasted many heroes of the 1970’s and 80’s with Worthington joined by Liverpool greats Terry McDermott and David Johnson, and of course Lawler.

They also had a Grand National winner – jockey Neil Doughty, as well as actor Michael le Vell, who played (and still does) Kevin Webster in Coronation Street.

Picture: Gareth Jones

The match ended 8-5 to the All-Stars, Worthington notching a hat-trick, Johnson, McDermott, Maguire, Doughty and le Vell all featuring on the scoresheet.

Gareth Hughes (2), Wayne Jones, Liam Jones and Graham Caven replied for the home side.

Frank Worthington

Born on November 23, 1948, Worthington began his career as a forward for Huddersfield Town in 1966 before playing for Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Leeds United, Sunderland, Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion, Tranmere Rovers, Preston North End, Stockport County and Galway United.

He played into his 40’s making 757 English League appearances and scoring 234 goals.

Frank also played in the United States (with NASL teams Philadelphia Fury and Tampa Bay Rowdies), South Africa and Sweden as well as in English non-League football and made an appearance for Welsh Alliance side Cemaes Bay in 1991 before a spell as player-boss of Halifax Town.

The flamboyant front man showed flair and skill in his play; he did not wear shin guards and his socks often fell to his ankles.

Worthington also had the reputation for enjoying the high life. After his retirement from the game he turned to the after-dinner speaking circuit and also published his autobiography One Hump Or Two.

In 1984, Worthington made three guest appearances for Manchester United against the Australia national team, Nottingham Forest and Juventus on their post-season tour of Australia. He then made a further guest appearance for the club in May 1985 against an Oxford United XI for Peter Foley’s testimonial.

Frank’s love of the high life was often covered in the tabloids

Late in 1988, Worthington had a brief spell with Chorley in the Football Conference. He signed for Galway United in February 1989.

While a Leicester City player, Worthington won eight caps for England in 1974, scoring two goals.

Perhaps the player’s defining moment came in 1979 and THAT stunning solo goal for Bolton Wanderers.against Ipswich Town.

With his back to goal, Worthington flicked the ball over his head, running around two defenders before slamming the ball on the volley into the corner of the goal.

Paul Maguire

Paul Maguire (second from right, bottom row) with Cemaes Bay back in 1991-92

Born on 21 August 1956, Maguire scored 81 goals in 373 appearances in the Football League.

He played in all four divisions of the Football League, as well as the Conference and the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Maguire began his career with Shrewsbury Town in 1976, and made over 150 appearances over the next four years with the club, helping them to the Third Division title in 1978-79.

He was sold on to First Division club Stoke City for £262,000 in 1980. He spent four seasons at the Victoria Ground and made his most telling contribution in his last match for the club, scoring all the goals in a 4–0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of 1983-84.

Maguire spent 1984-85 in the United States with the Tacoma Stars, before joining Port Vale in June 1985. He helped the club to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1985-86, before relocating to non-league club Northwich Victoria in May 1988.

The Scot won the Welsh Alliance League and Cookson Cup twice in his time at Cemaes, also featuring in the Cymru Alliance. He later rejoined Colin Hawkins at Porthmadog.

His manager at School Lane, Hawkins, said: “Paul was a top player and bloke, I first met him when I did 6 months at Port Vale as scout and organiser. I took Carl Hagan and Rich Jones there, previously I got (Wales international) Andy Jones for their manager John Rudge.”

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