Soccer’s in myblood
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.”