Vic Buckingham entered Barcelona Football Club on 19th December 1969. Before signing up with Barça, the English coach had had a disastrous experience in the Greek League
Vic Buckingham. PHOTO: Archive FCB
Buckingham lost the reins of the team just as any possibility of winning the title was about to be ruled out. They were tenth in the League, eight points behind the leader. Finally, the situation improved considerably and the team ended up in fourth place.
1969 was a historic year, not only because of an epic victory, but because of the scandal caused by the referee Guruceta in the Camp Nou. In the Cup semi-finals, Barça were playing Real Madrid. Rifé tackled Velázquez and the referee awarded a penalty for a foul that had clearly taken place outside the area. The scandal was monumental.
The following season, Buckingham won the Cup after an exciting final against Valencia. However, in spite of his success, he was dismissed and substituted by the prestigious Marianus Michels, who had been coaching Ajax Amsterdam.
Vic Buckingham died in the mid-nineties. His death was deeply mourned by the team's followers.