EX-OXFORD United coach Des Buckingham has today helped Melbourne City create more history.

The Australian side beat Sydney FC 3-1 in the Grand Final to claim their first A-League Championship, having sealed their maiden title last month.

Buckingham, from Cowley, became Melbourne's first-team coach last September and deputised for manager Patrick Kisnorbo for three games during the regular season, gaining maximum points.

The coastal club won the title by two points and beat Macarthur 2-0 in the A-League semi-final, before overcoming ten-man Sydney in this morning's final.

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Buckingham, now 36, started coaching at United aged 18 and progressed through the ranks, working with Sam Long and Callum O'Dowda when they were youngsters.

He was part of Chris Wilder's first-team staff in 2013/14, but left aged 29 to become football development manager with New Zealand's FA.

Buckingham's achievements in the country included reaching the last-16 of the Under 20 World Cup, winning the Pacific Games and qualifying for next month's Tokyo Olympics with the Under 23s - before New Zealand controversially decided not to renew his contract.