The Tale of Football and Tony Bloom

The Tale of Football and Tony Bloom

tony bloom seagullsWhen legacies come together, what do we get? A spectacle, that is. Such was the case when the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club met the infamous businessman Anthony Grant “Tony” Bloom.

Back in the 1970s, Tony was born to the Bloom family who were avid football aficionados and who has served quite some time with the club as well. Harry, his grandfather who was a well-known motor trader and hotelier, was vice-chairman to Mike Bamber. Ray, his uncle, was a director too.

As a child, he would often be brought alongside his brother to the Goldstone Ground to watch the matches. Not only was his interest piqued as he grew up, he was actually born into it. Believe it or not, the Blooms have already 40 years and 3 generations of history with it.

This is why it came as no surprise that he eventually got appointed as the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s newest chairman succeeding Harry Dick Knight back in May of 2009.

The club being founded on the 24th of June in 1901 is currently 114 years old. Chris Hughton, a retired Irish professional footballer stands as its current manager. The team is composed of goalkeepers Niki Mäenpää, David Stockdale and Casper Ankergren; defenders Bruno Saltor Grau, Uwe Hünemeier, Lewis Dunk, Gaëtan Bong, Connor Goldson and Liam Rosenior; midfielders Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal, Jamie Murphy, Jake Forster-Caskey, Solly March, Danny Holla, Rohan Ince, Anthony Knockaert and Richie Towell as well as forwards Sam Baldock, Tomer Hemed and Chris O’Grady.

But even before succeeding the post in 9 years ago, Tony’s contributions to the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. is nowhere near grand. They’re magnanimous and beyond words.

In the year 2000, he became one of its benefactors by being one of its stockholders and investors. Two major constructions were under his belt, the 30,750 seater £93 million American Express Community “Amex” Stadium and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre which opened in 2011 and 2014 respectively. The Amex was previously the Falmer Stadium and is currently the home of the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.

Helping financially fund the two major structures, Tony Bloom’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Despite being a man of small words with his speeches, the city and its citizens have voted and awarded him as its Most Outstanding Brightonian for 2009. Something, not everybody gets in their lifetime for sure.

UK’s List of Highest Paid Athletes

Wayne+Rooney+Manchester+UnitedSports and wealth are two ingredients that often mix. We are no aliens to athletes with quite the interesting level of compensation that we could all drool about. The UK for example is no different. The country, being a huge sports aficionado, has a good number of well paid sportsmen and sportswomen.

Are you curious as to how much fortune we’re talking about? Take a look at this list of the United Kingdom’s highest paid and wealthiest athletes.

#1: Lewis Hamilton, F1 Racer ($280 million)

Thirty one year old, Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton tops our list with over $280 million in net worth. Lewis is a Formula One racing driver for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. He became Formula One World Champion in 2008, 2014 and 2015, making him the first British driver in history to win consecutive F1 titles. He has had more race victories than any other British driver in the history of Formula One with 44 at present. Moreover, he is the only driver in the history of the sport to have won at least one race in each season he has competed to date.

#2: Rory McIlroy, Golf – ($200 Million)

Northern Irish professional golfer and member of both the European and PGA Tours, Rory McIlroy ranks second in our list, quite surprising too as his net worth has ballooned immensely over the span of a year. The twenty seven year old athlete is reported to have a net worth of over $200 million. Quite a huge sum for a guy his age! But if you’ve ranked as the world’s number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks, this shouldn’t be surprising at all.

#3: Wayne Rooney, Football ($160 million)

English professional footballer, Wayne Mark Rooney is reported to have a net worth of $160 million. He plays for and is the captain of both the Manchester United F.C., nicknamed “The Devils” and competes in the Premiere League, and the England national team. Thirty year old Rooney has played both as forward and midfielder, with the former more prominent during the duration of his career.

#4: Jenson Button, F1 Racer ($105)

Born in Frome, Somerset and brought up in nearby Vobster, Jenson Alexander Lyons Button is the second Formula One driver in this list. The athlete who currently drives for McLaren is said to have a net worth of $105. He became a 2009 Formula One World Champion, driving for Brawn GP.

The Bloom Foundation

Tony BloomAnthony Grant Bloom or simply Tony is perhaps most known for being the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club chairman and for helping personally fund the American Express Community Stadium and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. But what many may not be well aware is that he is in fact a philanthropist too.

He set up the “Bloom Foundation” which was formerly called the “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust” together with four other trustees including his wife Linda, Marcelle Lester, Marc Sugarman and Adam Franks.

In March of 2015, the charity has reported a total of £3.1 million worth of income coming from voluntary donations, pledges and investments and a £1.9 million worth of spending on charitable activities, investment management and governance. The foundation has its headquarters in #34 Jamestown Road, London, NW1 7BY.

The Bloom Foundation’s charitable objects state that it caters and works for “the prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. To promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.”

The main focus of the foundation involves a number of cases in relation to poverty relief. This includes among others: education, employment, economic and community development, life saving efforts, health improvement and advancement, overseas aid, famine relief, prevention and relief of poverty, and other charitable purposes.

Areas of concern include that of Europe, the United Kingdom as well as various developing countries in Asia and Africa which are known to immensely suffer from great bouts of poverty and inequality. Many of the afflicted are even women, children and the elderly.

Tony Bloom, together with the other four trustees, evaluates, searches, offers and makes grants to various organizations, causes and charities that have the same goals and objectives as the Bloom Foundation does. These grants are geared towards causes as mentioned earlier and primarily in the pursuit of improving people’s way of life by virtue of providing help in areas that are most needed like water, food, livelihood, education, employment, health and safety.

Who is Tony Bloom?

Tony BloomAnthony Grant but more popularly known as Tony Bloom is a man of many accolades. His name will certainly ring a bell as his achievements and works have seriously come a long way. Today, we shall get to know more about him and who he really is.

A Son of Brighton

Born in the seaside resort town of Brighton in the United Kingdom on the 20th of March in 1970, Tony was quite the charmer as his folks would recall. But more than the birth right, he has earned for himself the “Brightonian of the Year” award in 2009 for his numerous contributions to the town, particularly towards its football club.

A Family of Football Fans

His folks are famous for their ardent love and support for the sport. As a matter of fact, more than three generations and forty years of Blooms have aided football in various ways and measures and we don’t only mean this in the emotional and fan level. For one, their family has provided various financial supports to the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. Also, many of them have even held posts with his uncle Ray as a previous director and his grandfather Harry a vice-chairman during the 1970s.

The Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club Chairman

Football will perhaps be forever stuck to his name but not for reasons that many would assume. Although Tony loves the game, he is no player in the team or a coach for that matter but just like his uncle and grandfather, he holds a very crucial position as the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s chairman. He was appointed back in 2009 and succeeded Dick Knight who held the post since 1997.

But apart from being chairman, he has long been one of its major investors and stockholders since the year 2000. Perhaps his greatest contributions would have to be two massive structures all of which he helped ‘personally’ finance. One of them is the American Express Community Stadium also called the “Amex” and which was previously called the Falmer’s Stadium. The second one would have to be the training center called American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. The two opened their doors in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

A Philanthropist

Tony Bloom established and founded the “Bloom Foundation” together with his wife Linda Bloom, Adam Franks, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester as the trustees. The charitable institution focuses on activities that involve economic and community development, employment, training and education, overseas aid, famine relief, health improvement and prevention or relief of poverty. He also supports the cause and foundation set up by his wife called the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis).

Fun and Random Facts About Football

footballukConsidered to be the most played and watched sport in the face of the planet, football sure is popular. Anyone who attempts to disagree is absolutely silly. But despite of its fame and widespread practice, there are quite a number of things that people fail to know about the sport. Care to find out what these are? If you do then take a look at the following list!

  • The sport is so popular around the world that people would flock to the World Cup from all over the globe. In fact statistics show that those who stay at home and watch on television instead reach up to over a billion.
  • The field, including the two end zones, is 360 feet long and 160 feet wide which totals for a maximum area of 57,600 square feet. This humungous dimensions makes each player run an average of 9.65 km every single game.
  • Primitive versions of the game made use of an inflated pig’s bladder as their ball. It’s durable, round and easy to acquire making it the perfect material at the time. Leather was eventually introduced as its skin up until rubber was discovered.
  • For fear of losing war to Scotland in the 1300s, King Edward II banned the game to prevent people from getting sidetracked so they can practice archery instead.
  • The most number of players to participate in any tournament is 35,000. This was during 1999 in the 2nd Bangkok League Seven-a-Side Competition wherein 5,098 teams participated.
  • It is not UK’s national sport. Contrary to popular belief, the United Kingdom’s national sport is cricket; however, football sure is its most popular one. The British are in fact deemed as one of the biggest aficionados of the sport.
  • The fastest goal to ever be scored was done in a matter of 2.8 seconds. This was from Ricardo Olivera of Uruguay in a game on the December of 1998.
  • The game is called football in every part of the world except two places namely the United States of America and Canada. Their term for it is soccer. This was because they invented a variant of the game together with rugby which they used the term football for.
  • It was said that Neil Armstrong originally wanted to take a football to the moon. NASA however did not agree saying that it didn’t exactly represent America.