An Inside Look at the Albion Chairman: Tony Bloom

albion and hoveThe current Brighton and Hove Albion chairman has become one of the most celebrated to date and for obvious reasons. As a matter of fact, Tony Bloom has been awarded as Brighton’s most outstanding citizen for his many contributions to both the club and the sport.

It was in May of 2009 when Tony succeeded Harry Dick Knight into the chairmanship but his hands on engagement have begun as early as the year 2000 when he first entered the club as a major investor and stockholder.

He led and helped personally finance the construction of the American Express Community Stadium in 2008. The former Falmer’s Stadium was renovated to now hold up to a maximum of 30,750 people. This £93 million project finished in 2011 and ended the 12 long years of the club without a home base after it lost Goldstone Ground in 1997 and then had to rent out stadiums miles away from Brighton.

Tony also spearheaded the construction of the fully equipped American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, a project dedicated to provide a complete and up to date facility for athletes, both aspirants and professionals alike.

But you’d be surprised to know that his fondness for the football and the Brighton and Hove Albion F. C. began as early as his childhood years. His family was a huge fan of both so he grew up watching matches at the Goldstone Ground with his relatives and growing a fondness for the two as well. In fact, he’s the 3rd generation of the Blooms in 40 years to hold a seat in the club. His grandfather Harry was deputy chair in the ’70s while his uncle Ray was a director in the ’80s.

Before his football association, Tony Bloom was first an investor and businessman. He has built his equity successfully after taking risks and leaving a stable job as an options trader at accounting firm Earnest & Young. It was a massive risk but one worth the trouble.

But apart from being a successful businessman, investor and football club chairman, Tony Bloom is likewise a philanthropist. He founded the “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust”, now the “Bloom Foundation”, in 2011 which is an organization committed to fighting poverty and providing relief efforts for its effects in the UK, Europe and the developing nations of Africa and Asia. With his psychologist and Australian-born wife Linda Bloom and 3 other trustees, he co-founded the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.