Brighton legend Peter O’Sullivan back from hospital

An ALBION legend has returned from hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage but is on a ‘long road to recovery’.

Peter O’Sullivan collapsed in late June and was placed on life support at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Eastern Road, Brighton.

The 71-year-old made more than 400 appearances for the Albion between 1970 and 1981.

Spencer Vignes, a family friend and journalist, confirmed he is back home in Shoreham but “the road to some kind of recovery is going to be a long one”.

The Argus: Peter O'SullivanPeter O’Sullivan

He told The Argus: “He was at the Sovereign pub in Shoreham with his wife Kimberley and he just fell over really without warning.

“He fell to the ground, just collapsed and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.”

Peter O’Sullivan came home on Tuesday 5th July to be cared for by his wife.

Spencer added: “Kimberley is caring for him at home, the road to recovery will be long and we don’t know to what extent that recovery will be.

The Argus: Peter O'SullivanPeter O’Sullivan

“They don’t have many families here, she’s all he has here. He is originally from Wales.

“There was so much support from people online and online.

“Footballers of his day didn’t retire with millions in the bank, they were normal people with normal salaries.

“The future could be really quite expensive.”

Peter O’Sullivan started his career at Manchester United. The ‘Welsh Wizard’ wowed Albion fans as one of their key players in the Third, Second and Premier Leagues as they rose in 1979.

He made three appearances for Wales and scored one goal for his national team as an Albion player.

The Argus: Sports reporter Brian Owen in The Argus office with tickets for Peter O'SullivanSportscaster Brian Owen in The Argus office with tickets for Peter O’Sullivan

He eventually went to Fulham before moving to Charlton, Reading and Aldershot in 1984.

He also had spells at various non-league clubs in Sussex in Crawley Town, Worthing, Wick, Shoreham, Peacehaven and Newhaven.

The Argus asked readers to submit messages and letters of support for “Sully” while he was in hospital.

A particularly touching letter from season ticket holder Richard Inverarity of Brunswick Road, Hove, describing how he first saw O’Sullivan play.

“My very first football game was on October 2, 1976 when someone gave me a South Stand ticket at the Goldstone Ground,” he said.

“It was a draw against Crystal Palace. Brighton legend Peter O’Sullivan back from hospital

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