Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer’s champion collection of medals is going up for sale


He’s the Leeds United legend whose hotshot style regularly lit up Elland Road during the club’s all-conquering glory years of the 1960s and 1970s.

Now medals and other items won by Peter Lorimer during that golden period are set to go under the hammer at auction.

Lorimer, 70, is selling off the collection at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, on November 24, it was announced yesterday.

Lots at the sale will include his 1969 First Division and 1972 FA Cup winner’s medals as well as a plaque awarded after United’s 1974 title triumph.

Other items include Lorimer’s runners-up medal from the 1975 European Cup final and four of the caps that he won for Scotland. Together the glittering haul is expected to fetch more than £25,000.

Kegan Harrison, from Tennants, said: “It is a huge privilege to handle this unique collection from a boyhood hero and true footballing legend.

“It is rare for such a good collection to come onto the market, particularly one that has never been sold or even seen before.

“No doubt the collection will spark a few memories for Leeds United and Scotland fans of those great football matches of the past.

“We are expecting a good deal of interest in the items both from collectors of football memorabilia and from die-hard Leeds fans alike, and are delighted to be able to have the medals on view for everybody to come and see over the next few weeks.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post understands that, since becoming aware that the memorabilia is up for sale, United have been in “active dialogue” with both the Lorimer family and the auctioneers.

Medals and mementoes connected with United’s greatest days have become much sought-after collectors’ items.

The shirt worn by Leeds legend Norman Hunter in the 1972 cup final fetched more than £7,000 at auction in 2013.

And even the big red book presented to United manager Don Revie on an edition of TV’s This Is Your Life was recently purchased for £540.

Famously nicknamed Hotshot or Lash due to the power of his shooting, Lorimer remains Leeds’s all-time top scorer.

He notched 238 goals for the Whites in two spells, first between 1962 and 1979 and then from 1983 to 1985.

Lorimer also holds the distinction of being United’s youngest ever player – he was just 15 years and 289 days old when he made his debut against Southampton in September 1962.