Thames Valley Royal (or, Maxwell in Oxford): The Story of a Football Club and the History of a City
This chapter considers the histories of planning and urban infrastructure in the city of Oxford by looking at the media baron Robert Maxwell’s life in the city and his ownership of Oxford United Football Club. I explore the role of the football club in the changing urban landscape of the city as a way of thinking about the way civic institutions—sporting or cultural—impact upon urban life and a sense of regional identity. Maxwell wanted to merge Oxford United with Reading, to form a conglomerate club: the ‘Thames Valley Royals’. This project and its frustration and failure form the spine of this chapter’s narrative.
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