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Merger: 100-page special

12 May 2013

All about Maxwell's bid

30 years ago the Royals staved off a hostile merger proposed by Robert Maxwell, who he lined up a Thames Valley Royals FC consisting of ourselves and Oxford United.

The full story of how Reading FC nearly died is recalled in a special 100-page programme for our final game of the season against Manchester City on Tuesday, with every twist and turn of how we staved off extinction.

It is hard to believe that the club we hold so dear nearly fell at Maxwell's hands, but thanks to the hard work of Chairman Roger Smee and his cohorts, we fought on valiantly.

Tuesday's programme is still priced at the normal £3 and it's a must-read edition, not just for the in-depth special on the Thames Valley Royals, but we also have a message from Anton Zingarevich, an insight into the top three players of the season, the club's record-breaking trip to Italy 100 years ago and much, much more!

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