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Peter Lorimer: 1946-2021

20 March 2021

The EFL was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer, at the age of 74. Below, we remember Peter’s incredible career, one which rightly saw him labelled an all-time great.

Leeds United’s youngest-ever player and record goalscorer, Peter Lorimer will be remembered as one of the most explosive and influential members of the greatest side in Leeds United’s history, a side that became a dominant force in English football. 

Having signed for Leeds in May 1962, Lorimer made his debut for the club at the tender age of 15 years and 289 days against Southampton, and to this day he remains the youngest-ever player to play for the Leeds United first team. 

An attacking midfielder, he would go on to become an invaluable member of Leeds United’s most successful side, winning the League Cup in 1968, the First Division in 1969 and 1974 and the FA Cup in 1972. The side also tasted European success with victory in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1968 and 1971, as well as reaching the 1973 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final and the 1975 European Cup Final. 

Not only was Lorimer a key figure in the Whites’ success, but he was a pivotal character in what was a golden era at Elland Road. 

Known for his shooting from distance, Lorimer was given the nicknames ‘Hotshot’ and ‘Lash’ by the Leeds United supporters. 

His final appearance for the club came 23 years after his first - in his second spell at Elland Road - leaving Elland Road having scored 238 goals in 705 appearances - a club record. To this day, he remains the club’s all-time record goalscorer.

Lorimer’s place in Leeds and England folklore is undisputed and he will forever be remembered as a true great by the entire football family. 

Career Honours:

Football League First Division: 1968/69, 1973/74

FA Cup: 1971/72

League Cup: 1967/68

FA Charity Shield: 1969

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: 1967/68, 1970/71

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