PETER LORIMER'S stay at York City might have been brief but it left a lasting impact on both player and fans.

The Leeds United legend spent six months in the red of the Minstermen during the 1979/80 season in between spells in Canada.

Prior to crossing the Atlantic for the first time, Lorimer had thundered his way into supporters' hearts at Elland Road with a shooting prowess that earned him nicknames like "Hotshot" and "Lash".

With 161 goals from 450 appearances over 16 years at the Whites, Lorimer decorated himself with two League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, the Charity Shield, two Inter-City Fairs Cups and runners-up medals in the European Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup.

In 1974, he had been part of the Scotland side that missed out on the World Cup second round by goal difference alone. He scored in a 2-0 victory over Zaire.

Five years later, he had left Leeds and joined Toronto Blizzard - and six months after that, brought over by then City manager and compatriot Charlie Wright, Dundee-born Lorimer was heading to Bootham Crescent for a stint in the Fourth Division.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at York City," Lorimer told The Press in 2007.

"They were good, footballing people there. The football club was always well-run and tidy, and the chairman, Michael Sinclair, was a really nice man.

"At Leeds, you were always aware of York City. While it was just down the road, it was also a place where some of the kids who did not make it at Leeds would go, so you'd take note of how they were doing."

Dubbed the man with the 100-mile-an-hour shot, Lorimer made his debut for City in a 2-0 home defeat to Peterborough on September 8, 1979.

It was not the ideal start - but it did not take long for him to register his first goal and his first three points with the club, netting the following Saturday in a 5-2 win at Wigan Athletic.

The week after that, he struck his first Bootham Crescent goal in a 2-2 draw with Stockport County.

In all, Lorimer made 32 appearances for York in league and cup. He scored nine goals, one of which came in the FA Cup in a 5-2 defeat of Mossley at Bootham Crescent.

He was sent off in his final appearance for York - his "only regret" from his time with the Minstermen, he said - in a March 1980 loss to Tranmere Rovers.

Nevertheless, what endures among the City faithful are his spectacular goals and skills on the ball, which made him a firm fan-favourite. He has been widely hailed as a class act on and off the pitch.

After York, he went back to Canada where he became a player-coach at Vancouver Whitecaps and retired just before his 40th birthday - but not before he had returned to Leeds to break their goalscoring record.

Lorimer maintained his involvement with football following his retirement, acting as a summariser for Leeds games, an ever-willing spokesman to the media and lacing up his boots to star for sides made up of former Leeds players in charity matches.

He also ran the Commercial Inn pub in Leeds where he would entertain punters with football chat.

Lorimer was taken into hospice care last month and sadly passed away on Saturday aged 74 following a long illness.