Does the name Tony Bloom ring a bell? If it does then we’re not surprised. This man has made quite a name for himself and not just in one category but three. Yes, you’ve read that right and if you want to get to know more about the man then we urge you to read on.
- Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
Born to a family of Blooms who were not only football fanatics but were also massive supporters of the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club aka Seagulls, Tony was raised to love the game, the sport and the club. His frequent trips to the Goldstone Ground to watch the matches with his family are proof of that.
During the 1970s, his grandpa Harry was vice-chairman to Mike Bamber during the Seagull’s historic rise from the old Third Division to the First Division of the Football League. His uncle Ray on the other hand became one of its directors during the 1980s.
In 2000, Tony himself became a major investor to the club. As its benefactor, he helped personally finance the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre and the American Express Community Stadium, the current home of the Seagulls.
By 2009, he became its chairman after having succeeded Harry Dick Knight who held the post since 1997.
In 2011, construction of the American Express Community Stadium was completed and its doors were opened to the public. This was also the case for the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre which opened in 2014.
- Brighton’s Most Outstanding
Tony’s contributions to football and to the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. were not left unnoticed. He has accomplished so much even before he sat as chairman. This prompted him to be voted and awarded with the Brightonian of the Year award in 2009.
- Philanthropy and Charitable Works
As a means to battle poverty in developing countries like Asia and Africa, Tony together with his wife Linda and three other trustees Adam Franks, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester founded the “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust”.
The foundation awards grants to various causes and organizations that battle the effects of poverty and help minimize its effects and ward off its causes. Among its charitable activities involve those that fall under training and education, employment, economic and community development, health advancement, health improvement, disability, overseas aid, famine relief and life saving efforts among others.