Brighton, Falmer & A Gambler


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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9 Responses

  1. Parks says:

    Well written and asks the right question in my mind…however should we really be bothered?…as long as the stadium gets finished and we don’t get wet everytime it rains……..but the best part of £100 million is not easy to come by at the age of 39………so where from? maybe someone needs to ask that question?

  2. Martin says:

    Good grief. Yet another gamble on a gambler with massive dodgy loans. When will football ever learn? Kassam Stadium mk.II.

  3. Bob says:

    How is this like Kassam?

    The man is a supporter putting his own money in, not borrowed money, interest free until at least 2023.

  4. joekster says:

    he’s made about £2 million playing cards.

    premierbet was sold for a nominal fee.

    and no one knows the name of the property company that he’s supposed to have amassed his fortune from.

    if football in this country wasn’t the money laundering capital of the world, someone, perhaps even an investigative journalist on a local paper, might just have bothered to ask these questions.

  5. jock says:

    Tony bloom bets on football in south east asia. All his money has been made betting asian handicap sometimes to the tune of a million sterling a game.

  6. ejh says:

    The man is a supporter putting his own money in

    The question is whether or not he actually has the money to put in. This was the problem at Oxford (or, to be precise, one of the many problems) because Robin Herd was supporting the club financially but it then turned out that he didn’t really seem to have the money to do so.

    It’s not that either Herd or Bloom are making anything up, it’s just that fortunes don’t necessarily (or indeed usually) exist in hard cash – they can depend on the valuation of comapnies which can reduce very sharply indeed in certain circumstances – a recession, for instance – and they can also have involved the preparedness to take on a large amount of debt which can also, if called in, reduce or wipe out the fortune.

    So if somebody suddenly says they’ve got ninety-three million nicker to lend you, obviously you’e not likely to be in a position to say so, but you are in a position to ask “how secure is that money”? In my experience, if you do that, you’ll be given a hard time for it by that section of the supporters lacking in any perspective other than the short-term (i.e. nearly all of them) but still, somebody’s got to do it.

  7. Abe says:

    So a few years on – anyone want to apologise to the chairman?
    You got promotion and you got an amazing stadium
    Maybe an apology and a thank you to Mr bloom might be in order

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