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Tony Bloom and the Adjectives that Perfectly Describe Him

November 4th, 2016

tony-bloom-doncasterBorn as Anthony Grant Bloom, Tony Bloom, has made quite a name for himself in various aspects and fields. From business to sports, the man has achieved not only success but also a fair amount of appreciation and admiration among peers, sports aficionados and more importantly the citizens of Brighton. He was beloved so much for his contributions that he was voted and awarded as the town’s Most Outstanding Citizen back in 2009.

But if we were asked to sum Tony Bloom into adjectives, we’d pick the following.

  • Passionate – Destiny and blood may have brought Tony to become the current chairman of the Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club but passion was what kept him going to give all he could to the team and its fans. It was no secret that his grandfather became deputy chair in the seventies and his uncle was director during the eighties. But it was passion that drove him to contribute the best he could to the point that he not only gifted the Albions a new home, something they’ve thirsted for after 12 years of not having their own stadium, but also a fully equipped training facility both worth millions each.
  • Smart – Before his stint as the Albion’s chair, he was first a businessman and entrepreneurial risk taker. His smarts and careful tactics have led him to grow his own empire which later on he used to purchase majority share in the club and which also helped him back up the funds needed in the construction of the stadium and training facility.
  • Hardworking – Many of his employees and colleagues would refer to Tony as a man of a few words. He doesn’t talk much but he sure does a lot of walking. He’s pretty hardworking and persistence as evidenced by his growing business and football achievements. He’s not one to bow down early.
  • Charitable – Married to Australian-born wife Linda to whom he has a son with, Tony Bloom is also a philanthropist in his own right. He set up the Bloom Foundation which has for many years been fighting poverty in various areas of Europe and the developing nations in Asia and Africa. He has likewise supported the organization set up by his wife called the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis foundation for which he ran two Brighton marathons for in order to raise both funds and awareness for the said cause.

Tony Bloom and His Philanthropic Works

May 10th, 2016

Tony BloomTony Bloom, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s chairman and major stockholder and investor is a man that’s more than just all sports and business. His contributions to the sport may have earned him the “Brightonian of the Year” award in 2009 but his philanthropic achievements have earned him the respect and gratitude of many.

He has established the “Bloom Foundation”, formerly known as the ‘Tony Bloom Charitable Trust’. Its charitable objects state that is aims for “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.”

The charity’s main focus is poverty in Europe, the United Kingdom and the numerous developing countries in Asia and Africa. Among the causes to which it offers grant for include health and wellbeing, famine relief, hunger, economic and community development, training and education, employment, poverty relief and life saving efforts.

The Bloom Foundation is composed of five trustees including Tony himself, his wife Linda, Marcelle Lester, Marc Sugarma and Adam Franks. In March of 2015, the charity has £3.1 million worth of income from voluntary pledges and donations and £1.9 million worth of spending on charitable activities, governance and investment management. Its books show a 61% utilization of resources for charitable spending, 1% for income generation activities and the remaining 38% retained for future purposes.

Apart from the said charity, Tony also supports another cause particularly that set up by his wife called the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis) Foundation. About fifteen years ago, Linda herself was diagnosed with the disabling condition that affects the central nervous system. During her first months, her situation became so bad that she couldn’t even lift a pen. After several methods and a lifestyle change, she eventually managed to get MS under control. Still, the said condition has no known cause and cure yet. The foundation is meant to help patients understand their situation and guide in terms of informed decisions and lifestyle improvement.

In 2011 and 2015, Tony Bloom ran the Brighton marathon in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the OMS Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis.

Behind the Man: Tony Bloom

April 21st, 2016

The meaning behind a person’s given name is quite a fascinating topic, don’t you agree? How many times have you wondered whether the actual meaning behind your name matches the person that you are? Well, Tony Bloom’s does and here’s why.

Tony was actually born as an Anthony Bloom in town of Brighton in the United Kingdom. Anthony/Tony is an English name that had Roman and Latin origins and has been in use since the medieval ages. It means “highly praiseworthy”. People with such a name are said to be influential and has a great command and leadership among people.

Does it actually match the person that is Mr. Bloom? Is he really a highly praiseworthy man, a leader and an influencer? Here are a few noteworthy things about him. We’ll let you decide.


His love for the sport began at a young age with several members of his family supporting football and investing in it not only emotionally but financially as well. As a matter of fact, three generations and over forty years of Blooms have done so. His grandpa Harry served as the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. vice chairman in the 1970s and his uncle Ray was a director in the 1980s. It was no surprise when he followed suit in 2009 and became its chairman up to the present.


Before he became chairman, Tony has already supported the sport and the club since the year 2000 as one of its major investors and stockholders. He was known to have helped ‘personally’ finance the American Express Community Stadium (aka Amex and formerly the Falmer Stadium) as well as the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre which are both currently operational.


Because of his contributions and devotion to the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and the sport in general, he was awarded as the Brightonian of the Year in the same year that he became chairman of the said club.


In order to fight poverty in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Africa, he has founded a charity called the Bloom Foundation together with fellow trustees Linda Bloom, Adam Franks, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester. Tony Bloom is also known to ardently support the cause of his wife who was previously diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She too set up a charity called the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis).

Tony Bloom on Raising Awareness for Multiple Sclerosis

March 25th, 2016

Linda-Bloom-MSAround fifteen years ago, Tony Bloom, famous businessman, wealthy investor and chairman to the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C., received a blow to the stomach. Figuratively, that is.

Married to Australian born psychologist Linda who happens to have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Tony recalls the process to be painful emotionally and physically.

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a chronic, unpredictable and often progressive disease that comes in the form of relapses that affects the central nervous system. It attacks and destroys tissues in the brain and spinal cord. To be specific, it comes as a misdirected attack from the immune system that targets the white, fatty material that coats nerve fibers called the myelin. Myelin is important as it insulates and speeds the transmission of nerve signals relaying information into, within, and out of the brain and spinal cord. When damaged or destroyed, the flow of the said signals results to a variety of neurological problems including numbness, blindness and paralysis.

What’s interesting and also alarming about MS is the fact that it has no known cause or definite cure. Its symptoms are different for each patient and vary in severity and duration. Some of these symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness, balance and vision problems, tremors, fatigue, lack of coordination, spasticity, slurred speech, bowel or bladder problems, troubles with memory or reasoning, depression and partial or complete paralysis among others.

Although Multiple Sclerosis has a number of symptoms that create severe disability and discomfort, it does not exactly shorten a person’s life span. However, the symptoms over time can result to other complications.

In Linda Bloom’s case, Tony remembers her first months to be so awful that she could barely move her limbs. Getting up from a couch seemed impossible and lifting a pen was too herculean an effort. At present and with the help of proper diet, adequate exercise, self-hypnosis, meditation yoga, and a lifestyle geared towards health and optimism, she has gotten her condition in control and is doing better.

It is for the same reason why Linda and Tony Bloom set up the OMSF which stood for “Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation” together with fellow trustees Joe Murray, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester. It is a charity geared towards helping patients afflicted with MS make better informed decisions and improve the state they are in.

In a bid to raise awareness and funds for the cause and the OMSF, Tony Bloom has run two Brighton Marathons, one in 2011 and the other in 2015.