Tony Bloom: The Brighton & Hove Albion Chair

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The Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. is a professional association football club based in the city of Brighton in England. It has quite the interesting history but perhaps one of the best stories that people would often attach to it will have something to do with its current esteemed chairman, Tony Bloom.

But what sets this man apart to the point that people couldn’t help but remember his name at the mention of the club? Well that is what we’re about to tell you today.

Born in the 1970s as Anthony Grant Bloom, Tony grew up in a family who has ardently supported the club both emotionally and financially.

For over forty years, someone from the Blooms has served a post in the club. His grandfather Harry was vice-chairman to Mike Bamber during the Albion’s historic rise from the old Third Division to the First Division of the Football League. His uncle Ray on the other hand was a director.

It was in May of 2009 when Tony succeeded the post from then chairman Harry Dick Knight, known for his often long and ardent speeches. Although considered a man of a few words, Tony became quite the popular man among the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s fans as he spearheaded and helped personally finance two major constructions that have brought the club to a whole new level, all that even before he was appointed chair.

Replay to the year 2000, Tony became a major investor and shareholder to the club. One of the major projects he helped finance was the 30,750 seater American Express Community Stadium, which was formerly known as the Falmer Stadium and nnow more popularly referred to as the Amex.  The stadium had a total construction cost of £93 million and was opened to the public in July 2011. Moreover, he also helped fund the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre which opened back in 2014.

It was no surprise that the man was willing to risk and give so much to the sport and to the Albions given his business and investment background coupled by his family’s history with the club. At present, the team currently plays in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

Because of all his achievements and contributions, Tony Bloom was voted and awarded as the “Most Outstanding Brightonian of the Year” in the same year that he sat as the club’s chairman.

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