Lifelong fan Bloom's backing and investment hailed by Hughton as '˜outstanding'

Tony Bloom's backing and investment in Brighton & Hove Albion has been celebrated by Chris Hughton

Albion chairman Tony Bloom celebrates promotion to the Premier League
Albion chairman Tony Bloom celebrates promotion to the Premier League

The chairman has put in an estimated £250million of his own money to drive the Seagulls to the Premier League.

That has come with the brand-new state-of-the-art Amex Stadium and the new luxury training centre at Lancing, along with the transfer kitty.

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And Bloom - a lifelong Albion fan - has now brought his dream and that of the Albion fans to reality as they reached the Premier League after a 34-year absence from top-flight football.

Hughton has praised the Albion chief, who first made his money in poker, before stepping into the world of property investment and sports betting, as outstanding.

He said: “The good thing about this football club is that there are a lot of people involved in the day-to-day workings of it that were around during their tough times.

“But it takes an investor. It’s certainly a wonderful feeling, for myself, but more so for a group of supporters and a club when you have a local investor that in this day and age is prepared to put his money into a club.

“Particularly in an era where most of the big investors are overseas and consortiums or whatever. So for one individual and a local man to invest in these very difficult times and do so into a football club with how difficult running one can be, is outstanding.

“And I do think we have a support that absolutely appreciates that and knows that.”