Tony Bloom: A Timeline with the Albions

tony-bloom-brightonianAnthony Grant “Tony” Bloom is known among others to be the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s chairman since 2009. But what many people do not realize is that his association with the club began way before his appointment. Don’t believe us? Here, take a look at this timeline.

  • 1970 – Anthony Grant or Tony Bloom was no doubt born to a family of Seagulls fans in the small seaside resort town of Brighton in the seventies. The Blooms were known to have ardently and publicly supported the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club as early here on.
  • 1970 – In the same decade, Harry Bloom, Tony’s grandfather and well-known hotel owner and motor trader, was appointed as vice-chairman of the Albions or Seagulls. The chairman at the time was Mike Bamber. This was also the period when the club reached the old first division back in 1979.
  • 1980 – As a child, Tony was often brought by family to the Goldstone Ground to watch the matches. His usual company would be his father, grandpa and brother. It was since then that he realized his passion for football was more than sport and entertainment. It was a family affair, hereditary even.
  • 1980 – A second generation of the Blooms became affiliated with the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. This time it way Harry’s son and Tony’s uncle Ray who served as the club’s director.
  • 2000 – Tony became one of the club’s major investors and stockholders. He continued to become a benefactor years after too, helping fund various projects and advocacies some of which were even out of his own pocket.
  • 2008 – One of the projects that he helped personally fund was the old Falmer’s stadium and now called the American Express Community Stadium or the “Amex”, the home of the Albions. Construction began in December of 2008 and was spearheaded by the KSS Design Group as the architectural firm and the Buckingham Group as the general contractor.
  • 2009 – Succeeding Harry Dick Knight, Tony became the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s chairman up to the present day. It was also during the same year when he was awarded “Brightonian of the Year” for his numerous achievements and contributions.
  • 2011 – With over £93 million of construction costs, the 30,750 seater American Express Community Stadium opened its doors.
  • 2014 – Tony Bloom also helped finance the construction of the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, a training ground, which was opened only two years ago.

The Tony Bloom Charitable Trust

tony-bloom-foundation2There is more to Anthony Grant “Tony” Bloom than being an investor, businessman and the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s esteemed chairman. Mr. Bloom is in fact a philanthropist and has set up a foundation that has and continues to fight poverty all over the globe aptly called the “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust”.

Anthony has had a strong will to help others in ways that he can. By building and setting up this foundation, he has found a systematic and organized way of providing help by assigning and giving grants to causes that satiate the same objectives as his.

The charity has now been renamed as the “Tony Bloom Foundation” with the same four other trustees: Linda Bloom, Marc Sugarman, Adam Franks and Marcelle Lester.

As of 2015, the charity has reported 61% resource spending for charitable activities, 1% on governance and income generation activities with the remaining 38% retained for future projects and grants. To put it in specific digits, the Bloom Foundation has reported a £3.1 million worth of income from voluntary pledges and donations and investments as well as £1.9 million worth of spending on charitable activities, governance and investment management.

In order to provide relief and solution to poverty in target areas like the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Africa, the foundation supports and grants programs that focus on health, education, livelihood, employment, food, water, safety, famine relief, overseas aide, community development and other general and charitable purposes.

All of the above has been mentioned in the foundations’ charitable objects that read: “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.”

Anthony Grant “Tony” Bloom is truly a man of many things: investor, entrepreneur, chairman and philanthropist. Did you know that he also helps in promoting awareness and raising funds to battle Multiple Sclerosis? Well he does but then that is a story for another day.

The Tony Bloom Foundation’s office is currently located in #34 Jamestown Road, London, NW1 7BY.