Remembering Peter Lorimer and celebrating Leeds United’s win at Fulham

The chests of Leeds United fans will have swelled with pride on Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday morning.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 6:00 am
Leeds have confirmed their all-time top goal-scorer Peter Lorimer has died after a long illness (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

A 2-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage ended the London curse and sent the Whites into the international break on a high.

Cause for a spring in the step of any Whites supporter.

Then at 10am on Saturday came the news to stop every Leeds United fan in their tracks.

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Leeds United's all-time leading goalscorer Peter Lorimer. (Picture: YPN)

Peter Lorimer had lost his battle with long-term illness and was headed for the great football pitch in the sky, one overcrowded in the last year by Leeds United legends.

But Lorimer was a player for whom the word ‘legend’ merely isn’t enough.

Lorimer was Leeds United royalty.

His passing was grieved by the whole of football, but most keenly felt by the Elland Road faithful.

The pride of Friday night, mixed with the tearful nostalgia of Saturday morning.

At the Yorkshire Evening Post we have tried to strike the right balance in the 48 hours since, reflecting on matters on the pitch and the far greater issues of celebrating Lorimer’s life in equal measure.

Hopefully we got the balance, and the tone of our coverage, right.

Lorimer embodied Leeds United. He will be sorely missed.

He would have been as proud as anyone on Friday night.

Have a good week.

Nick Westby

Sports Editor

Yorkshire Evening Post

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