Tony Bloom is a man of the hour. With so many accolades and achievements in tow, he’s one who definitely has a spotlight shining on him at this very moment. But there’s more to the man than what many people know. Today, we shall find out what those are as we tackle the five different terms that we deem synonymous with the man. Here take a look.
- Celebrated Brightonian
In 2009, Anthony Grant “Tony” Bloom was voted and awarded as the Most Outstanding Brightonian of the Year for his accomplishments, contributions and achievements particularly in the field of football. More about that in the coming items.
- Football Enthusiast
The sport was born into the young Bloom’s blood even at his birth. Born in the 1970s in Brighton to a family of football aficionados, Tony developed and inherited the love for the sport. At a young age, he would often watch matches with his relatives and considers it to be a massive family affair.
- Brighton & Hove Albion Chairman
In 2009, he succeeded Harry Dick Knight as the chairman of the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club aka the “Seagulls”. He holds the position up to this day. As a matter of fact, even his association with the club was written in his blood. Tony is actually the third generation of the Blooms to have held a significant post with the Seagulls. In the seventies, his grandfather Harry served as vice chairman while his uncle Ray was director during the eighties. That’s three generations and over forty years of their family and football!
- Investor and Businessman
Before sitting as its chairman, Tony was first a major stockholder and investor to the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. back in 2000. He even helped personally fund two significant structures dedicated to the sport and to the club. The first was the American Express Community Stadium, the home of the Seagulls, and the second was the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. Both are now currently operational and have long since opened their doors.
- Philanthropist and Humanitarian
Anthony supports two major causes. He firs founded the Tony Bloom Foundation, which seeks to relieve and solve poverty in the UK, Europe and the developing countries in Asia and Africa. At the same time, he supports the charity founded by his wife Linda to which he is also a trustee called the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) Foundation.