Leeds United have announced that their record goalscorer Peter Lorimer has passed away at the age of 74 after a lengthy illness.
The winger is the youngest player to represent United at the age of 15 years and 289 days. He netted 238 goals in 705 appearances during two spells at Elland Road. He remains the only man to score over 200 goals for the Yorkshire side.
His death was announced in a statement on the club’s official website.
“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 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.”
Lorimer was an integral member of the Leeds side that Don Revie transformed into one of England’s finest sides.
Blessed with a shot renowned as one of the most powerful in the game at the time, he helped the club claim seven trophies, including two league titles and the FA Cup, during his first spell at Elland Road between 1962 and 1979.
Cooper, Dallas send thoughts to Lorimer family
Leeds captain Liam Cooper tweeted: “Fly High Peter. A legend that we all aspire to be like. Sending all our love to Peters family.”
Leeds midfielder Stuart Dallas added: “After the high of last night, we learn of such sad news this morning. My thoughts are with Peters family and friends at this difficult time.”
🤍 Rest in peace Peter pic.twitter.com/23F44Hqt1I
— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 20, 2021
Lorimer is the fourth member of Revie’s famous side to died in under a year.
Legendary defenders Norman Hunter and Jack Charlton as well as Trevor Cherry have all recently passed away.