'A legend we all aspire to be like' - Leeds United stars past and present pay tribute to Whites legend Peter Lorimer

LEEDS United players past and present have paid tribute to Whites legend Peter Lorimer who has passed away after battling a long term illness.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 11:47 am

Lorimer, who was 74, was the club's record all time goalscorer having netted 238 times in 705 appearances for the Whites.

The Scotland international was part of every major honour the club has won, except for the 1991-92 title.

Taking to social media, Whites captain Liam Cooper said: "Fly High Peter. A legend that we all aspire to be like. Sending all our love to Peter's family."

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TRUE LEGEND: Former Leeds United star Peter Lorimer pictured back in April 1967. Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

News of Lorimer's passing was announced the morning after his former side had ended a run of 16 games in London without a win via a 2-1 victory at Fulham.

United's Northern Ireland Stuart Dallas said: "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."

Luke Ayling, who captained the side at Fulham as Cooper was ill, said: "Rest in peace Legend. Sending all our love to his family and friends."

Speaking on Soccer AM on Saturday morning, former Whites striker Jermaine Beckford said: "I am really sad to hear obviously of the tragic passing.

"He's one of those people that just made you feel welcome and comfortable, immediately, whenever you are in his presence.

"He is just a genuinely nice person.

"It's a sad, sad loss and my thoughts go out to his family and friends and anybody and everybody that has met him before."

Former Leeds forward Ian Baird also took to social media to post a moving tribute, saying: "Another terribly sad day for Leeds United with the loss of the great Peter Lorimer.

"When I joined Leeds, in 1985, ‘Lash’ was very good to me and helped me settle in. He was a great guy. RIP."

Writing on Instagram, former United youngster turned promotion winning boss Simon Grayson said: "Terrible news that Leeds United have lost another legend of the club. That will be some team looking down on us that we've lost this last year or so. RIP Lash."

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Thank you Laura Collins