16 Facts About Ted Drake


Edward Joseph Drake was an English football player and manager.


Ted Drake is Arsenal's joint fifth highest goalscorer of all time.


Ted Drake holds the record for the most goals scored in a top flight game in English football, with seven against Aston Villa in December 1935.


Ted Drake was a cricketer, but only ever played sparingly for Hampshire.


Ted Drake nearly joined Spurs as a schoolboy, but missed the trial match with an injury.


Arsenal, with George Allison now in charge, renewed their interest and Ted Drake eventually decided to join the Gunners.


Ted Drake made a total of 74 appearances for Southampton, scoring 48 goals.


Ted Drake claimed an eighth goal hit the crossbar and went over the line, but the referee waved away his appeal.


Ted Drake was one of 32 Arsenal legends who were emblazoned in a mural upon the walls of the club's Emirates Stadium.


Ted Drake made his debut for Hampshire in 1931 and shared a vital stand of 86 with Phil Mead against Glamorgan.


Ted Drake made 45 but never reached this score again in the 15 further matches he played over the next six years, first as an amateur and then as a professional.


Ted Drake discarded the club's Chelsea pensioner crest and with it the Pensioners nickname, and insisted a new one be adopted.


Ted Drake introduced scouting reports and a new, tougher, training regime based on ballwork, a rare practice in English football at the time.


The club's previous policy of signing unreliable big-name players was abandoned; Ted Drake instead used his knowledge of the lower divisions and the amateur game to recruit little-known, but more reliable players.


The championship-winning side was gradually broken up, to be replaced by the crop of youngsters emerging from the club's youth team, such as Jimmy Greaves, Peter Brabrook and Bobby Tambling, for whom Ted Drake was an aloof figure.


Ted Drake later returned to Fulham where he became a chief scout, director and life president of the Cottagers.