Peter Lorimer death: The best goals and hardest shots of Leeds United legend as fans remember a great

Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer has died after a battle with illness

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 10:35 am
Updated Saturday, 20th March 2021, 2:46 pm
Peter Lorimer's best goals and shots. The Leeds United legend died aged 74 after a battle with illness. Photos: Varley Picture Agency/Getty

The club has paid tribute to the attacking midfielder who played a part in one of the most successful chapter's in its history and fans have been sharing their memories.

Here is a roundup of some of the best goals and the hardest shots by the Leeds United legend.

Peter Lorimer built up a fearsome reputation as having one of the hardest shots in football during a Leeds United career which saw him play a huge part in the club's most successful period in its history.

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His powerful shots helped him become Leeds United's all time goal scorer - 238 in all competitions - and he was voted ninth in an official list of the club's 100 greatest players.

Peter Lorimer was widely regarded as having one of the hardest shots in football which earned him the nicknames HotShot, Lash and Thunderboots. After making his Leeds United debut at just 15 years and 289 days in September 1962 - another club record - he would go on to score 238 goals for the club in two spells.

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.

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

It said: "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 to have played for the first team.

"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."

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