Peter Lorimer (1946 – 2021)
Leeds United have this morning confirmed that the club’s all-time record goalscorer Peter Lorimer has died at the age of seventy-four. The former Scotland international scored 238 goals in 705 appearances for Leeds United over two spells spanning 23 years. He won two league titles, the FA Cup and League Cup with Leeds under legendary manager Don Revie.
Lorimer, was seen as a true club legend and was a massive fans favourite who always made himself available to speak with all football supporters of Leeds United and other clubs. He was also seen around the training ground and Elland Road giving advice to current squad members and young players coming through the system. Peter Lorimers contribution to Leeds United and the City of Leeds will never be forgotten and he will always remain a club icon and his legacy at Elland Road will live on.
Having 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. He won the League Cup in 1968, the First Division Championship 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 (1968 & 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 United lost to Bayern Munich. 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.
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” whilst Leeds United 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’sfamily and friends at this difficult time.”