Peter Ward and Brighton fans support Peter O’Sullivan

Messages of support have been flooding in for Peter O’Sullivan since news that he was in hospital and on life support appeared in The Argus.

We have passed on all of the emails sent – almost 50 – to Peter’s wife Kim.

Other fans have left messages via theargus.co.uk which are being shared as well.

Meanwhile, Ward and his wife Jaqueline have offered whatever help they can.

O’Sullivan, the former Albion winger, collapsed last week and was on life support after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

He remained in a high dependency ward at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton but showed small signs of progress.

Albion sent a package of fruit and chocolates as soon as they found out what had happened.

The Argus were told that O’Sullivan smiled upon seeing his old club’s special delivery.

Emails to ‘Sully’ were sent via The Argus.

Lots of details that could evoke a positive reaction from Peter, 71, as he starts his long journey back.

Some pointed to the Sully Shuffle, which he would use to confuse defenders.

There was a hint of how he would love to do kickabouts at Wish Park with local kids.

Another recalled appearing in a long Mac after signing from Manchester United, possibly a size too big for him, which was the height of fashion at the time.

One email came from New Zealand, another from Russia.

One referred to Sully’s hometown of Colwyn Bay.

Midfielder John Ruggiero, who played alongside O’Sullivan in the 1970s, sent an email which we have forwarded.

Other messages were left at theargus.co.uk.

One of them showed that there were “influencers” in the media as early as the 1970s.

We just didn’t call them that at the time.

Colin Kemp wrote: “Sully…. Inspirational winger I’ve seen you turn those full-backs inside out many times in the ’70s. So I became a winger and grew a mustache. Get well soon Sully.”

When we talk about memories that might evoke a smile, Lee Topp hit the nail on the head.

He was referring to the day Albion won in the North East in 1979 to secure promotion to the top flight.

Lee wrote: “Get well soon Sully! All-time Brighton legend. I started watching you when I was five, went to Newcastle to see you, to fulfill your dream!! Beautiful day. Oh, and my mum took your pants off and said you had the best legs!”

Ralph Brown contributed: “Sending my love to you for a full recovery. I started watching Albion from the North Stand in 1971. I could remind you of some of the songs we would sing, but on second glance maybe not. When I got a little older, I moved to the chicken coop. There were some pranksters who amused us. I’ll never forget the day you had your socks around your ankles and chased the ball down the wing. Some geezer in front of us yelled, “O’Sullivan rolled his leg down.”

“Rest, don’t rush, and take it easy. Thousands of us are thinking of you, sir, and wishing you well.”

We were sent a photo of a poster of the 1978-79 team that Sully will probably love.

Among the emails that were forwarded to be read to Peter at his bedside, one statement stood out.

It included a cheeky reference to a short-lived Albion boss that might appeal to the winger’s sense of humor.

The line read: “You distinguished yourself as a player with your tenacious approach to the game – use those attributes to fight your way to a strong recovery Sully – we know you can do it. After all, you took down Brian Clough.”

Argus passes good-good cards on to Peter.

They can be sent to our office: 33 Bond Street, Brighton, BN1 1RD.

The emails, which will all be forwarded to Peter’s wife Kim, should be sent to brian.owen@teargus.co.uk.

But ideally, they’d love old-fashioned cards to open, enjoy — and respond to when the time is right.

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