Leeds United and Scotland legend Peter Lorimer has sadly passed away at the age of 74, after a long illness.
A prolific striker, Lorimer is fondly remembered at Leeds United as their all-time record goalscorer. The former Scotland international winger scored 238 goals in 705 appearances for Leeds over two spells across 23 years, making his debut for the Elland Road side aged just 15.
He won two league titles, an FA Cup and the League Cup with Leeds United while also having a successful career on the international scene with Scotland. He played 21 times for his country and featured at World Cup 1974.
An SFA statement reads: “We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of former Scotland international Peter Lorimer. In addition to an outstanding career with Leeds United, Peter won 21 Scotland caps, playing all three matches at the 1974 World Cup and scoring against Zaire.”
A statement from the Premier League club read: ‘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.’
Tributes poured in for Lorimer with present-day Leeds stars and club officials paying homage to a ‘legend that we all aspire to be like’.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani tweeted: ‘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.’
The club’s current skipper Liam Cooper added: ‘Fly High Peter. A legend that we all aspire to be like. Sending all our love to Peter’s family’.
Whites chief executive Angus Kinnear said: ‘Today (Saturday 21/3) is an incredibly sad day for Leeds Utd. Peter Lorimer epitomised the word legend.
‘Not only was he our record goalscorer 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 his family. He will be missed greatly.’
Leeds supporters put floral tributes to Lorimer outside Elland Road, including some on the late midfielder’s plaque that lies outside the stadium.
Leeds’ statement added: “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.
“With the ability to put fear into the opposing goalkeeper with his fierce striking of the ball, Peter famously earned the nicknames ‘Hotshot’ and ‘Lasher’ from supporters. 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.
“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.”
‘Peter played for City during the 1979–1980 season and scored 8 goals in 29 appearances. Rest in peace Peter.’
Lorimer’s passing left the football world in mourning with current and former pros as well as broadcasters taking to social media to pay tribute to him.
Leeds United midfielder Stuart Dallas added: ‘After the high of last night (Leeds’ victory over Fulham), we learn of such sad news this morning. My thoughts are with Peter’s family and friends at this difficult time.’
British broadcaster Bryn Law tweeted: ‘Very, very sad to hear of Peter Lorimer ‘s passing. I was lucky enough to get commentate on Leeds’ games with him, a brilliant analyst. I interviewed and worked with him many times, a lovely man as well as a legendary footballer. Thoughts with his family.’
After hearing about Lorimer’s passing while on air for Soccer AM, former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford said: ‘(He was) a lovely, lovely guy. I’m really sad to hear of the tragic passing, but he’s one of those people that make you feel welcome and comfortable immediately.
‘Whenever you’re in his presence, he’s just a genuinely nice person. It’s a sad, sad loss and my thoughts go out to his family and friends and anybody who has met him before. An absolute legend.’