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Peter Lorimer: Leeds United’s record goalscorer dies aged 74

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Peter LorimerPeter Lorimer made his debut for Leeds aged just 15 in 1962

Leeds United's all-time record goalscorer Peter Lorimer has died aged 74, the club have announced.

The former Scotland international scored 238 goals in 705 appearances for Leeds over two spells spanning 23 years.

He won two league titles, the FA Cup and League Cup with Leeds under legendary manager Don Revie.

Leeds announced "with great sadness" Lorimer had died on Saturday morning "following a long-term illness".

A statement read: "Peter's contribution to Leeds United will never be forgotten and his passing leaves another huge hole in the Leeds United family.

"He will always remain a club icon and his legacy at Elland Road will live on."

Lorimer also won 21 caps for Scotland and played in all three of their matches at the 1974 World Cup, scoring in the 2-0 win against Zaire.

In a statement on Twitter the Scottish FA said it was "are deeply saddened" at the news of Lorimer's death.

'A spectacular symbol of a golden era at Leeds' – Peter Lorimer obituary

Lorimer became Leeds' youngest ever player when he made his debut against Southampton in September 1962 at the age of 15 years, 289 days.

As an attacking midfielder, he would go on to become a key member of Revie's team that became a dominant force in English football, winning the League Cup in 1968, the First Division in 1969 and 1974, the Charity Shield in 1969 and the FA Cup in 1972.

They also tasted European success with victory in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1968 and 1971, as well as reaching the 1973 European Cup Winners' Cup final and the 1975 European Cup final.

He thought he had scored in the European Cup final, but his goal was controversially disallowed, and Leeds lost to Bayern Munich.

Many of Lorimer's goals were smashed into the net with such force he was given the nicknames 'Hotshot' and 'Lash' by the supporters.

He left Leeds in 1979 for spells with Toronto Blizzard, Vancouver Whitecaps and York City before returning to Elland Road in 1983 at the age of 37, when the club were in what was then the Second Division.

He scored a further 19 goals in 87 appearances to break the club's scoring record before moving to Whitby Town in 1985.

He retained his links with Leeds following his retirement as a player, serving as a director and a club ambassador.

He also worked as a pundit for BBC Radio Leeds, had a column in the Yorkshire Evening Post and wrote a column in the club's match day programme until as recently as last month's Premier League game against Aston Villa.

'A legend we all aspire to be like' – tributes

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Current Leeds captain Liam Cooper paid tribute to Lorimer, tweeting: "Fly High Peter. A legend that we all aspire to be like. Sending all our love to Peter's family."

Leeds midfielder Stuart Dallas also wrote on Twitter: "After the high of last night, we learn of such sad news this morning. My thoughts are with Peter's family and friends at this difficult time."

Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani tweeted: "Another Legend left us. My prayers with the family – it has been an honour to meet you and host you at Elland Road, your home."

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Comment posted by Marshy, today at 10:14Marshy

10:14Team rivalries aside for once – this is a true legend lost, another sad day.4284A

Reply posted by andyp, today at 10:15andyp

10:15to Marshy"Team rivalries aside for once – this is a true legend lost, another sad day."andyp replied: Well said1372More replies (18)downP

Comment posted by pauldan, today at 10:18pauldan

10:18Love or loathe Revie’s Leeds United but they had some fantastic players and Peter Lorimer was one of them. R.I.P Peter Lorimer2793V

Reply posted by vert, today at 10:35vert

10:35to pauldan"Love or loathe Revie’s Leeds United but they had some fantastic players and Peter Lorimer was one of them. R.I.P Peter Lorimer"vert replied: IN THEIR PRIME they were the best ever saints fan1009More replies (5)downM

Comment posted by McTavish, today at 10:15McTavish

10:15Great player. RIP, Peter.
From a Man Utd fan.2038B

Reply posted by boogeywoogey, today at 10:23boogeywoogey

10:23to McTavish"Great player. RIP, Peter.From a Man Utd fan."boogeywoogey replied: Nobody cares what team you support.25278More replies (36)down4

Comment posted by 4291, today at 10:114291

10:11My idol growing up. RIP1687B

Reply posted by bobby smith, today at 10:23bobby smith

10:23to 4291"My idol growing up. RIP"bobby smith replied: How can people downvote this15511More replies (26)downZ

Comment posted by zookeepersboot, today at 10:13zookeepersboot

10:13Another great from my childhood gone. A marvellous player who would easily have been a top player today.
A very sad loss.1543C

Reply posted by Captain Francois Dubonais, today at 10:50Captain Francois Dubonais

10:50to zookeepersboot"Another great from my childhood gone. A marvellous player who would easily have been a top player today.A very sad loss."Capta in Francois Dubonais replied: I bet the one person who downvoted this is really nice. I doubt anyone will have anything good to say about them when their time comes624More replies (5)downR

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Comment posted by rifengozd, today at 10:14rifengozd

10:14The hardest shot in football and from distance. A real quality player in a great Leeds side. RIP PL you gave a lot to football.1404Z

Reply posted by zookeepersboot, today at 10:18zookeepersboot

10:18to rifengozd"The hardest shot in football and from distance. A real quality player in a great Leeds side. RIP PL you gave a lot to football."zookeepersboot replied: And that was with the old, heavy leather balls.
He would have burst todays balls with his kicking. A fantastic player.1530More replies (2)downS

Comment posted by Sid Vicious, today at 10:14Sid Vicious

10:14So sad to hear this. Absolute legend for Leeds. I was lucky enough to see him play in the great Revie team in the 70’s. Still is Leeds leading goal scorer. He also was a great ambassador for the club after he finished playing. RIP Peter.1252R

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Reply posted by Rockfan, today at 12:00Rockfan

12:00to Sid Vicious"So sad to hear this. Absolute legend for Leeds. I was lucky enough to see him play in the great Revie team in the 70’s. Still is Leeds leading goal scorer. He also was a great ambassador for the club after he finished playing. RIP Peter."Rockfan replied: Cardiff City fan here……I was so lucky to see that great Leeds team with Peter beat us 2-0 at Ninian Park in 1972..a truly great player and my deepest condolences go to his family….RESPECT !140F

Comment posted by Fenman, today at 10:25Fenman

10:25You should learn manners and respect Champs20. When I grew up I was taught that if you have nothing good to say for those who have passed away keep quiet. How dare you utter such bile about one of the best ever Scottish players who was part of a very good Leeds team. And I don’t support Leeds but do recognise quality when I see it and you are anything but.1144Removed commentMore replies (7)downT

Comment posted by Tim remembering Maine Rd, today at 10:12Tim remembering Maine Rd

10:12Shame. Remember him very well from the Seventies, hell of a shot and in a great team. RIP Peter L951M

Reply posted by moonraker225, today at 10:32moonraker225

10:32to Tim remembering Maine Rd"Shame. Remember him very well from the Seventies, hell of a shot and in a great team. RIP Peter L"moonraker225 replied: He could kick as hard and as accurately as Bobby Charlton. Class act.611S

Comment posted by Sinbad_The_Sailor, today at 10:16Sinbad_The_Sailor

10:16Life is unfair! You just want these real life superheroes to live forever. Very sad news.893Removed commentMore replies (6)downB

Comment posted by BonkersBrexitBingo, today at 10:17BonkersBrexitBingo

10:17Another great Scottish player of the 1970s passes682M

Comment posted by Morgs5, today at 10:13Morgs5

10:1390 miles an hour! Sad news rest in peace Hot shot.671J

Comment posted by Jon728, today at 10:16Jon728

10:16He’s the reason I started to follow Leeds back in the 70’s! The man was and always will be a legend, RIP Hot Shot :o(672I

Reply posted by Ian, today at 10:55Ian

10:55to Jon728"He’s the reason I started to follow Leeds back in the 70’s! The man was and always will be a legend, RIP Hot Shot :o("Ian replied: Same for me.As a young Scot Leeds became my English team (and still are) because of the number of Scots who played for them.292More replies (1)downE

Comment posted by Expat Bob, today at 10:14Expat Bob

10:14My favourite player when I was growing up and another Leeds legend passes on. There have been too many in the last 12 months.

RIP Peter Lorimer.672T

Comment posted by Take me Tats Mum, today at 10:14Take me Tats Mum

10:14RIP Peter, the memories of those ferocious free kick’s in the 70’s will never be forgotten for us older guys.
Arguably, one of the best assembled teams ever by Don Revie.643J

Reply posted by John Turkey, today at 10:21John Turkey

10:21to Take me Tats Mum"RIP Peter, the memories of those ferocious free kick’s in the 70’s will never be forgotten for us older guys.Arguably, one of the best assembled teams ever by Don Revie."John Turkey replied: BRILLIANT player, and was not afraid to shoot from distance, a thing many player of today are afraid to do. RIP , the team of the 60’s it was a joy to watch.390K

Comment posted by keithi, today at 10:22keithi

10:22Im so please he saw Leeds back in the top division. He could really hit a football. Really sad day. Magnificent Player and Magnificent Supporters. A Man Utd fan.613D

Comment posted by Dave, today at 10:19Dave

10:19RIP Peter Lorimer. From a Sheff U fan.523C

Comment posted by Cats Eyes, today at 10:14Cats Eyes

10:14Very sad to read this – he was a very fine player.502H

Comment posted by harry, today at 10:17harry

10:17Another Legend gone hope your partying in heaven with the other Leeds Legends492Removed commentC

Comment posted by clinchy, today at 10:19clinchy

10:19The hardest shot in football. RIP Peter, as kids a lot of us wanted to hit the ball as hard and true as you482B

Reply posted by Barry Bados, today at 10:27Barry Bados

10:27to clinchy"The hardest shot in football. RIP Peter, as kids a lot of us wanted to hit the ball as hard and true as you"Barry Bados replied: I can fully relate to this post as a 10yr old in 1970, always shouted “Lorimer” when I scored a goal! RIP Peter and sincere condolences to your family.440More replies (2)downMore commentsBack to topunknown
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