LETTERS of support have poured in for an Albion legend who is hospitalized on life support.
Peter O’Sullivan, an Albion winger in the 70s, collapsed last week and was rushed to hospital with a brain haemorrhage.
He remained in a high-dependency ward at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, but showed small signs of progress.
The Argus asked readers to send words of support to O’Sullivan and was inundated with dozens of letters and more than 60 emails.
A particularly touching letter from Richard Inverarity, of Brunswick Road, Hove, describes the first time he saw O’Sullivan play.
“My very first football match was on October 2, 1976, when someone gave me a ticket to the South Stand at the Goldstone Ground,” he said.
“It was a draw with Crystal Palace.
“Since that day I have been addicted to Albion and still attend games as a season ticket holder – now at the age of 68.
“Loved watching you play and watching the rest of my home games from the North Stand, and used to travel to away games on the £5 Seagull Special trains.”
Richard said his season ticket is now for the Amex East Stand and he never misses a game.
“I don’t think my back would last 90 odd minutes standing in the North Stand these days,” he said.
“Thank you so much for all the fun and happiness you gave me watching you play.”
Brian Owen, sportswriter at Argus, said the number of letters showed what a big impact O’Sullivan had had on Albion fans.
“It’s fantastic to see such a fan response to a popular player of his time. It shows how popular he still is and how many fond memories people still have of him,” Brian said.
“If anyone wants to keep sending me messages, I’ll pass them on. I have also received about 50 emails which I will forward – all are welcome.
“He was a massive star in one of Albion’s biggest teams. A fantastic performer.
Peter left the club in 1980 for America, to play for the San Diego Sockers, but later returned to England. He retired in 1984.