Leeds United and Scotland legend Peter Lorimer has sadly passed away at the age of 74, it has been announced.
A prolific striker, Lorimer is fondly remembered at Leeds United as their all-time record goalscorer. The former Scotland international 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.”
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.”
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