vic buckingham         fact file

1931 - 1949            defender


Born on 23rd October 1915 in Greenwich, London, England.

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A player who dedicated his playing career to Tottenham, Vic Buckingham was a man before his time once he finished playing and went into coaching.

Vic played for Tottenham Juniors, signing amateur forms on his 16th birthday and moved up to the A team, making his debut for them against Callenders Athletic on 28th April 1932.  Kept his job as a worker in a cable factory until he signed professional in May 1934.

Went to the nursery club at Northfleet, where he won the Kent League Division One title and Kent League Cup with the club in 1934-35.  By the time World War II was declared, Vic had returned to Spurs and had made 114 league appearances for Spurs.  Served in the R.A.F. during the war and on resuming football after the conflict, he moved to left back and made 93 more appearances for the club.

Buckingham made his Tottenham debut against Bury on 16th November 1935 and he went on to complete 204 games for the club, all in the Second Division, scoring one goal against Norwich City in February 1939.  in addition, Vic also featured in 26 FA Cup games.

With 100 games for Spurs under his belt before the declaration of war, England selected Vic for two internationals against Wales in 1941 - in April at the City Ground Nottingham and Cardiff's Ninian Park in June.

During World War II, he also made war-time guest appearances for Portsmouth in 1945, but was not allowed to play against Spurs as the players would feel "cramped in our actions.  (They) should hesitate to go full out against one of our (their) own colleagues."  Buckingham also turned out for Fulham, Millwall and Crewe Alexandra during the war, while serving with the RAF until he was demobbed in 1946.

Had a hunger for footballing tactics and read all he could on the subject, putting it to good use as coach of Moss FC in Norway in the summer of 1946, then helped out with the Middlesex FA and the Tottenham first team, while still playing.  His last game was in May 1949.

1950 saw Buckingham take over the London Midweek league (Juniors) side at Tottenham, Oxford University and the combined universities team - Pegasus - who won the FA Amateur Cup against Bishops Auckland in 1951.

Vic's first manager's job was to take over at Bradford Park Avenue in June 1951 and he stayed at the club until January 1953, when he was tempted to move into the same role at West Bromwich Albion.  He took the team to FA Cup victory in 1954 and kept his position there until 1959, when he took control for the first time at Ajax Amsterdam.

In March 1961 was prevented from taking the manager's post at Plymouth Argyle as he was still under contract elsewhere, but in May, he was able to take the reigns at Sheffield Wednesday and he stayed there until April 1964.  Leaving Yorkshire, he returned to Ajax in July 1964 and in November of that year, Vic introduced a young player to the side who became very well known.  He handed a debut to a midfield talent called Johan Cruyff.

Back in England in January 1965, Fulham called upon Buckingham's services and he managed them until he moved abroad to coach Barcelona (Spain), Ethnikos (Greece) and Salmiya (Kuwait).  Had a back operation while coaching Barcelona and he returned to London, expecting to take up a job in Greece in April 1972, but Vic went off to manage Sevilla from March 1972.

When he left the game, he retired to Bognor Regis and died there on 26th January 1995.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR  (amateur) 23rd October 1931 - ??  - -
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (professional) May 1934 - 16th November 1935 v Bury (Division 3) (home)  won 4-3 230 1
Northfleet United 1934 Nursery club ??  - -

Career Record
204 League appearances; 1 goal
26 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
- Other appearances; goals

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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals

England international
2 full caps;  0 goals
Debut : -  April 1941 v Wales (City Ground Nottingham)
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

- appearance



A family man with three children, he enjoyed being married and playing football.

March 1977

Vic Buckingham lived in Aldwick, near Bognor Regis.

207 league apps for Spurs between 1935 and 1949.

Managed Bradford Park Avenue, West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham, Ajax (Holland), Ethinikos (Greece) and Barcelona.



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the highlight of his Spurs career ...  19.02.1972 (THFC programme)

“At the end of each season … getting retained for the next one.”

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