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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.