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Tony Bloom’s Road to the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.

tony-bloomA lot of football fans can boast about the best games they’ve seen, the countries they’ve been to for FIFA and their slew of sports memorabilia but nobody can do it like Tony Bloom. The man has quite the achievement under his belt. This sports aficionado has not only been to the best games the world has ever seen but he too is chairman to one of the United Kingdom’s football clubs: the Brighton and Hove Albion.

But before he became its chairman back in 2009 and before he was awarded as Brightonian of the year for the contributions he has given to both the sport and the club, who is Tony?

Back in the year 1970, a bouncing baby boy named Anthony Grant was born to the Bloom family. He would later on be more popular by his nickname Tony. The Blooms since then have been avid fans of the sport and the Albions. They are known to actively support them not only by being present in almost every match but also financially. As a matter of fact, two family members from two earlier generations have already been affiliated with the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.

Tony’s grandfather Harry, a well-known motor trader and hotelier, was deputy chair to Mike Bamber in the 1970s, a post he held for seven years. It was during this time when the club rose from the old Third to the First Division. His uncle Ray and Harry’s youngest son holds a minority share for the past 24 years. In 1984, he became one of the club’s directors after finishing his nine year stint at Worthing as managing director.

Tony Bloom attended Lancing College, a co-educational English independent school founded in 1848 and considered to be one of the UK’s most exclusive. He proceeded to study at Manchester University where he took up and finished a degree in mathematics. By 1993 and fresh out of college, he worked for accountancy firm Ernst & Young as an options trader. But this simply wasn’t the road for him. He eventually resigned and proceeded to go into various entrepreneurial ventures, most of which became very fruitful.

Such businesses and investments proved to be very rewarding that Tony Bloom managed to buy majority share of the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. from then chair Harry Dick Knight. At present, he has already contributed a £93 million 30,750 seater American Express Community Stadium and a fully equipped American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, both already functional.

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).