"Hot-shot" Lorimer holds the all-time goal-scoring record for
Leeds with 238 goals. Making his debut at less than 16 years old,
and playing his final game at the age of 39, he'd have probably
managed to beat the all-time appearances record as well if he'd
stayed at Elland Road all that time - but he spent 5 years away
from Elland Road in his 30s, enjoying varying degrees of success
with Toronto Blizzard and as player-coach with Vancouver Whitecaps
in Canada, as well as a brief stopover at York City.
Lorimer's rocket shots left many a goalie quivering, but he was
also an excellent crosser of the ball, and many of the goals scored
by Allan Clarke and Mick Jones were set up from Lorimer's
well-placed crosses. In his second spell at Leeds, he played more
of a midfield role, but still had the skill to outwit many of the
2nd division defences that Leeds found themselves facing in the
After a brief spell with Whitby and in Israel with Hapoel Haifa,
he finally hung up his boots and retired to run the Commercial - a
pub close to the ground which is, naturally enough, very popular
with Leeds fans on match days.
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The press clippings above are courtesy of Robert McConnachie - a
team-mate of the young Peter Lorimer in the Stobswell U-15 side
featured. Some of the comments from the articles:
The Stobswell outfit is very compact and the defence is one of the
best I have seen in minor football. Star of the side is captain and
centre forward Peter Lorimer who is ever ready to have a go at
goal. He carries a terrific shot and his three goals were scored
from well out. Peter, who recently scored five goals for Dundee
Schoolboys in a Scottish Cup tie is certainly a player to be marked
down for the future.... (and in praise of my correspondent...)
Robert McConnachie, the left back, is always trying to play good
football. He never kicks wildly and is forever attempting to get
attacks going with passes to his wing half.
I feel Stobswell lost because four of their forwards thought all
they had to do was give the ball to their international centre
forward Peter Lorimer and he would do the rest. Time and again they
could have cashed in by going through on their own - but always
they gave the ball to Lorimer who was so well covered that he could
not do much about it. Both his goals were from free kicks from
about 30yds and the keeper had no chance with either of them.
Marc Lorimer says: I am a relative of Peter, my Mum's cousin.
Peter's dad was Robert and had a brother Gilbert, sister Mary and
my name is Marc Lorimer. Would like to meet him , think he was born
in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, like me.
Per Flober says: He was my favorite player. I have seen him play
and I got his autogragh on an official Leeds picture. My room was
decorated with Leeds players from the glory years (early
seventies). I visited Elland Road in '75 alone as a 17 year old
Wendy Lorimer (niece) says: Who is Marc Lorimer? Peter's dad was
Peter + mum was Janet/ 1 brother Joe 2 son's - simon/jamie. nephew
- gary + niece - wendy ( immediate family on lorimer side)
Alan says: Peter Lorimer is my mum's second cousin. Peter's
grandfather and my great grandfather were brothers. I dont know if
Peter was from Broughty Ferry (as I am), but I think his dad and
ancestors were. I have done a lot of genealogical research on the
Lorimers of Broughty Ferry. Peter or any other of his relations may
be interested as I have traced the family line in the Broughty
Ferry/ Monifieth area back into the 1600s (they didn't move much!).
Naturally, once you go back 2 or 3 generations from today, all our
Lorimer ancestral lines converge and our ancestry is the same. Can
any of the other Peter Lorimer relatives tell me, was Peter's great
grandad a James Cowie 'Buchan' Lorimer, a fisherman in Broughty
Ferry? Peter himself should know.
Russell Baker says: can you tell me how fast Peter lorimer could
hit a ball and what is the all time record for the fastest (speed)
shot is and by whom
Niels from Denmark says: He was my favourite player. I have met
him in his pub twice. On both occasions he gave me his autograph of
which I'm very proud. He's such a nice guy.
Albert Presley says: Peter Lorimer comes across as an extremely
unpleasant man. Am I correct? (Jabba says: I think I can probably
find a few people to disagree with you).
michael kotrc says: I saw Peter Lorimer in the 70 playing
fantastic games for Leeds. Special in the european cups. I m from
Austria and watched the great Leeds team on television.
Lorimer,Bremner, Jordan Giles etc. where one of the greatest player
I ever saw. I will never forget them.
Gael Rooney (grants daughter) says: My Dad and Uncle used to
play football with Peter when they were kids. My dad is Grant
Rooney and Uncle Is James Rooney. They used to play in Broughty
Ferry and Peter actually broke my uncle's wrist when taking a shot
at him one day. They lost touch when Peter moved down South. He was
a great player and had an amazing shot.
Al Thomas says: I remember Peter guesting for Capetown City in
the South African National league in 1971. He played for about 6
weeks alongside Francis Lee who was guesting from Man City. They
both packed powerful shots and terrorised opposing defences. Tony
Coleman formerly of Manchester City also played in that team at the
same time, another player with a tremendous shot.
Andrew Lorimer says: i, like many other lorimers claim to be a
relative of the great peter lorimer .my father thomas lorimer was
born in north berwick scotland and has allways maintained thet
peter was a second cousin of mine .i, like peter lorimer had ahard
shot,breaking my friends arm and a wooden crossbar with a
ball,yours the lorimers
Carole Wilkinson says: e have a fish and chip shop very close to
the Commercial pub .we get many fans who are over the moon because
they have just spoke to peter they cannot believe it.
anon says: to allan : daughter inlaw of Peters cousin confirms
that peter's grandfather was named Joseph, but can't confirm his
great grandfather name except that they were also related to the
Stephen Mumford says: Does anyone remember Peter Lorimer's last
benefit match? I attended it, in November 1985, but have lost my
record. It was Leeds v Manchester United and I think it finished
1-1. Does anyone know the attendance, scorers or half-time score?
Does anyone know the score of the curtain-raiser, Old Leeds United
v Vintage All-Stars? I think it was 2-2. Half-time score and
scorers would be gratefully received. I am pretty sure,
incidentally, that Peter Lorimer played in both matches, though the
first was only about 30 minutes long.
christopher whiteside says: he was a great player one of the
best in the world and i heard he had the powerful shot of the
My name is Robert McConnachie and I played left back in the same
school team as Peter, Dundee Stobswell under 15's. I still have a
couple of very old newspaper photo's
David Lorimer says: I have no idea if i am related to him. My
father was daniel Richardson Sutherland Lorimer who was one of a
big family but as he is no longer with us I cannot find anything
Chris Whiteside says: 76.8 mile per hour is amazing i wish you
was still playing for us now
Jason Docherty says: When I was 16 Years old I was a student at
a computer college in Sweet St, (which is same road as the
commercial pub) Peter personally barred me and my friends out for
underage drinking but up until that point we had no idea that it
was the great Peter Lorimers pub!! Needless to say apart from every
time we beat man u that is my best memory
Grant Lorimer says: I am a half brother to David Lorimer the son
of Daniel Richardson Sutherland Lorimer. Peter was one of our dads
cousins. My mum knows a lot about him (Peter)So he is our second
Dexter Price says: I was "page boy" at Peter's Wedding to
Gillian Price. Peter was always my hero then, now that has
transferred to my son Adam (ardent Leeds Supporter) who was so
pleased to meet one of the real Leeds Legends at the Commercial. A
real great guy.
John S says: it was interesting to see Peter on ITV news this
evening. He was described as a former Leeds and ENGLAND. I don't
suppose the Scots will appreciate that! I am sending ITV an
Grant Lorimer says: Spooky what you find when you Google your
own name. Another Grant Lorimer here. A cousin fae the Ferry, only
person here I recognise is Wendy (hello, I was at the Eastern the
year below you and a couple behind Gary). I'm son of John Howie
Lorimer, cousin of Peter and Joe's. My Grandfather Willie Lorimer
was Peter Snr's Brother. I keep meaning to pop in to the Commercial
in Leeds when I'm passing to say hello, hopefully I'll get a chance
next time I'm up that way.
james dublin says: when i was 12 i watched peter play... what a
player he was when peter was going to take a free kick the fans
would scream 90 mph peter was a real quality forward whoscared
keepers with his powerful shots
Donna Morfitt says: I met Peter Lorimer in Station Hotel in Hull
in the seventies he was a fantastic guy who gave his fans all of
his attention. I had my niece with me at the time and he posed for
lots of photos
michael says: legend
Arthur Vealad says: Happy 57th birthday today 14th dec! From
Arthur Vealad, an old fan from Sogndal, Norway
john lorimer says: most of peter lorimer family came from
fintry,kirkton+ tannadice street,dundee, that was in 1929 onwards
my father is related to peter/he visited my dad at tannidice home
of dundee utd where my fatherwas groundsman
Don Lorimer says: No relation by the way, but I am born and bred
a Dundonian and I know for a fact that Peter Lorimer was a Dundee
Phil Nichols says: Peter Lorimer was my uncles cousin. The first
game (aged 6) I saw was in 1972 - Leeds v Arsenal at Highbury.
Lorimer met us outside and gave me, my dad and uncle tickets. We
were mobbed! He seemed like a god! His mum gave me a quid to spend
on a family day out to Ramsgate!!
Victoria Lorimer says: I've been told, that Peter is my Dads
second cousin, don't know if this is true.My dads name is Thomas
Lorrie Lorimer says: Another Lorimer here. Hi Vicky! My dad's
dad's brother's son is Peter Lorimer. Went to his pub a few years
ago after watching QPR play Leeds. Have heard him quite a few times
on radio 5.