Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer passes away after battling long term illness

LEEDS United legend Peter Lorimer has passed away aged 74 after battling a long term illness.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 11:38 am

Lorimer made 705 appearances for the Whites in two spells between 1962 and 1979, and then between 1983 and 1985.

The Scot was the club's record all-time goalscorer having netted 238 times for the Whites and the former midfielder has been a part of every major honour the club has won, except for the 1991-92 title.

Leeds United had released a statement at the end of last month to confirm that the Whites legend was in a hospice battling a long term illness.

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WHITES LEGEND: Former Leeds United star Peter Lorimer. Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

The Whites then confirmed that Lorimer had sadly passed away in a statement on Saturday morning.

It read: "Rest in peace.

"It is with great sadness, Leeds United has learned of the passing of club legend Peter Lorimer this morning at the age of 74 following a long-term illness.

"Peter made a huge 705 appearances for the Whites over two spells and is the club’s record goal-scorer, having netted 238 times in all competitions.

"After catching the eye at junior level in his hometown of Dundee, Leeds beat off a number of clubs to secure his services in May 1962.

"He made his Leeds United debut on Saturday 29th September 1962 against Southampton at Elland Road at the age of 15 years, 289 days, making him still, the youngest ever player tohave played for the first team.

"Peter would go on to become an all-time great at Elland Road, winning every major domestic honour, starting with the League Cup in 1968, the First Division in 1969 and 1974, the Charity Shield in 1969 and the FA Cup in 1972.

"With the ability to put fear into the opposing goalkeeper with his fierce striking of the ball, Peter famously earned the nicknames ‘Hot Shot’ and ‘Lasher’ from supporters.

"As well as helping Leeds to domestic success, he also played key roles in helping Leeds win the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in both 1968 and 1971, whilst lined up for Leeds in both the 1973 European Cup Winners’ Cup final and the 1975 European Cup final, in the latter which he controversially saw a goal ruled out.

"Peter went on to make his international debut for Scotland on Wednesday 5th November 1969, going on to earn 21 caps, scoring four goals for his country.

"He departed Leeds United as a legend in 1979, having netted 219 goals and had spells abroad with Toronto Blizzard and Vancouver Whitecaps, along with York City, before returning to Elland Road in 1983.

"During his second spell, he hit a further 19 goals in 87 appearances, taking his tally to 238 before moving to Whitby Town in 1985.

"Following his retirement from playing, Peter became an ambassador for Leeds United and continued to attend matches up and down the country.

"He was a contributor with his own page in the club’s matchday programme, continuing until last month’s match with Aston Villa, where he became unwell enough to do so.

"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.

"Our thoughts are naturally with Peter’s wife Sue and the rest of his family at this difficult time.

"Rest in peace, Peter."

Whites chief executive Angus Kinnear said: "Today is an incredibly sad day for Leeds United, Peter Lorimer epitomised the word legend.

"Not only was he our record goal scorer from a decorated era of our history, but he continued to work closely with the club until it was no longer possible in recent months.

"Our thoughts are with Sue and all of his family, he will be missed greatly."

Whites chairman Andrea Radrizzani said: "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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Thank you Laura Collins