Promotional footage of Brighton and Hove Albion in 1979

HISTORICAL footage documenting the rise of Albion has been discovered as letters of support arrive for a club legend.

Former winger Peter O’Sullivan collapsed last week from a brain haemorrhage and was admitted to Royal Sussex County Hospital, where he was placed on life support.

In the days that followed, The Argus received more than a hundred messages for Peter from readers, all of which were forwarded.

The Argus: Albion on the BusAlbion on the bus

But hidden among the letters was a DVD entitled Albion Promotion, 1979.

On it was amateur footage, taken by Richard Inverarity with his old Super 8 camera, of Albion’s parade of promotion as they entered the first division, which was the top flight at the time.

The nostalgic reel shows the open-top bus traveling down King’s Road, Hove, before heading to Hove Town Hall, where thousands of loving supporters line the multi-storey car park.

Fans can be seen walking along the side of the bus and almost appear to pick it up and take it away as they seemed so happy with their team’s success.

Players on the bus are just as excited as the crowd – with one member seen smoking as they hung to the side. How times have changed.

Richard, from Brunswick Road in Hove, said he had good, vivid memories of the day.

“As I walked along the bus parade, it wasn’t filmed that well, if at all,” he wrote in his letter to Peter.

The Argus: people line the car park in HovePeople line the car park in Hove

“If you pause it, you should see yourself on the double-decker bus.

“My very first game was in 1976 when someone gave me a South Stand ticket at the Goldstone Ground – a draw against Crystal Palace.

“From that day on I was hooked and at 68 I still go to games as a season ticket holder.”

Albion beat Newcastle three to one in May 1979 to secure promotion. Promotional footage of Brighton and Hove Albion in 1979

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