Soc­cer’s in my­blood

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toin­vest­somem­o­ney­be­causethere­was a short­fall. But the cost of the sta­dium was more than we had ever en­vis­aged be­cause of in­fla­tion and we un­der­es­ti­mated how much it would be needed to build some­thing like the Amex.

“It also came at the same time as the fi­nan­cial credit cri­sis, and banks weren’t lend­ing money to any­one, cer­tainly not to foot­ball clubs.

“I stepped for­ward and put in more money than I had en­vis­aged but now the Amex is a re­al­ity and I’ve got a great foot­ball team, good rev­enues and there’s a legacy for many gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Bloom, who played Mac­cabi League foot­ball for Hill­gar and at­tends Hol­land Road Sy­n­a­gogue in Brighton, grew up just down the road from the club’s fa­mous hold home, the Gold­stone Ground.

And al­though he freely ad­mits to be­ing a reg­u­lar on a Shab­bat morn­ing, Bloom says he is of­ten pulled aside for a quick word on the Al­bion by mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion.

He said: “There’s a re­ally nice com­mu­nity in Brighton and like Jews all over the UK, they’re re­ally into their foot­ball.

“When­ever I go to shul there are al­ways a few peo­ple who want to chat about Al­bion and what’s go­ing on.

Bloom also re­fused to rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of al­low­ing the Mac­cabi League to hold cup fi­nals at the Amex. “It’s cer­tainly a pos­si­bil­ity,” he added. “It’s a beau­ti­ful sta­dium.”

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