Leeds United record goalscorer Peter Lorimer dies aged 74

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Leeds are mourning all-time great Peter Lorimer following his death at the age of 74.

The Elland Road club’s record goalscorer and former Scotland international died on Saturday after a long illness.

A statement issued on Leeds’ official website said: “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.

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

“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.”

News of Lorimer’s illness emerged last month when it was revealed he was being cared for at a hospice.

The Scot, who at his peak was renowned to possess one of the most powerful shots in the game, wrote himself into the club’s folklore during a trophy-laden career in West Yorkshire.

Having been spotted as a youngster in is home town of Dundee, he was snapped up by Leeds and handed a senior debut at the age of 15 years and 289 days against Southampton in September 1962. He remains the youngest player to have represented the club at senior level.

Variously dubbed ‘Hot Shot’ and ‘Lasher’, he was an integral member of the team assembled by Don Revie, which also included Jack Charlton, Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles and Eddie Gray, which rose to prominence at home and in Europe during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

His trophy haul included two first division titles, FA and League Cup wins, two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups and the Charity Shield, and he had a goal controversially ruled out in the 1975 European Cup final as Leeds went down 2-0 to Bayern Munich.

In addition, he won 21 caps and scored four goals for his country, who he represented at the 1974 World Cup finals in Germany.

Lorimer left Leeds in 1979 for spells with Toronto Blizzard and Vancouver Whitecaps.

He returned to England with York and then in 1983 arrived back at Elland Road to make a further 87 appearances and add 19 goals to his tally, before heading for Whitby and ultimately into retirement.

He remained a prominent figure at the club he had served with such distinction, working as an ambassador and attending home and away games.

The news of his death came hours after Leeds’ 2-1 Premier League win at Fulham on Friday night.

Club chairman Andrea Radrizzani said on Twitter: “Another Legend [has] left us. My prayers [are] with the family. It has been an honour to meet you and host you at Elland Road, your home.”