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Vic’s Total Football Revolution!

These days football coaching enjoys more of an international aspect than ever. Andy Greeves looks at the impact our former wing-half Vic Buckingham made as a manager at some of European football’s biggest clubs.


Buck_signed There have been a number of individuals throughout the decades to have worn our famous Lilywhite shirt as players and subsequently gone to be some of the finest managers the game has ever seen.

Sir Alf Ramsey, a right-back who played some 226 league matches for us between 1949-55, led England to World Cup glory in 1966, of course, as well as managing Ipswich Town to the Football League title in 1962.

Bill Nicholson, a team mate of Ramsey’s in our title-winning side of 1951, oversaw no less than eight major trophy successes at White Hart Lane during his 16 years in charge of the club between 1958 and 1974.

Ramsey and Nicholson approached the game in radically different ways to their contemporaries, as did their former boss Arthur Rowe– who was a first-team player with us between 1930 to 1938.

As manager of Spurs between 1949 and 1955, Rowe is widely credited as being the inventor of a particular ‘one-two’ method of play that became famously known as ‘Push and Run’ football that epitomised Spurs at the time.

He managed our class of 1950-51 that won the Football League Championship for the first time playing this way, with Nicholson and Ramsey integral components in the team.

Going back even further, Herbert Chapman, who played inside-forward for us between 1905 and 1907, brought a fresh approach to management at the likes of Northampton Town, Leeds City, Huddersfield Town and Arsenal.

He introduced a 2-3-5 formation known as ‘W-M’ (so-called because its shape on the pitch resembled a letter ‘w’ and ‘m’) with great success. Spurs and Queen’s Park were among the teams to embrace the tactic after it originated with the Gunners around the mid-1920s.



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