WHERE ARE THEY NOW?; Peter Lorimer

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No one has served his club better in Europe than Peter Lorimer, whose 31 goals in nine campaigns for Leeds is the highest aggregate for a British player in European competition. His eight goals in the 1967/68 Fairs Cup helped Leeds to capture their first major trophy.

Now 48, the former Scottish international with the famously powerful shot, who won medals for the Cup, League (twice) and Fairs Cup (twice) during 23 years at Elland Road, rarely has to wait long for the chance to reminisce as landlord of The Commercial, an old-fashioned drinking house in Holbeck, two miles from the Leeds ground.

"I still love to talk about the game and I always look forward to each new season," he said. "Football is the regular topic of conversation here."

He still turns out, too, for United's ex-players team in charity games for local hospitals, although he admits his fitness leaves something to be desired. "I can't say I'm in good shape - the pub game isn't so good for staying fit - but if I can't run I can still pass."

Married but separated, with two grown-up sons, Simon and Jamie, Lorimer watches Leeds matches when time permits. "It isn't the same game we played but you have to accept the modern way and I still enjoy it."