Ted DRAKE | 1934-1935

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Ted DRAKE | 1934-1935

Postby Tom » 2008 Dec 10, 16:06

Stats by GoonerLover66

Name: Edward Joseph Drake


Club: Arsenal
Number: -
Position: CF*
Nationality: English
Era/Age: 1934/1935, aged 23

Foot: R
Side: B

Length: 178
Weight: 76

Attack: 88
Defence: 36
Balance: 87
Stamina: 82
Top Speed: 87
Acceleration: 89
Response: 87
Agility: 84
Dribble Accuracy: 79
Dribble Speed: 87
Short Pass Accuracy: 71
Short Pass Speed: 75
Long Pass Accuracy: 70
Long Pass Speed: 74
Shot Accuracy: 91
Shot Power: 86
Shot Technique: 89
Free Kick Accuracy: 66
Curling: 67
Header: 87
Jump: 85
Technique: 84
Aggression: 86
Mentality: 94
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 84
Injury Tolerance: C
Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4
Weak Foot frequency: 4
Consistency: 7


74 Club Appearances:
48 Goals

184 Club Appearances
139 Goals
First Division: 1934/1935, 1937/1938
FA Cup: 1936

5 England Caps
6 International Goals

He is remembered for his bravery against Brentford at Griffin Park, when he played on despite two broken bones in his wrist and several stitches in his head before eventually being carried off unconscious by coach Tom Whittaker!

Ted Drake was quite simply a goal machine. He was big, strong, quick and totally fearless. He joined Arsenal for £6,000 in March 1934 and in his first full season at the club he set a record that still stands today. He scored an amazing 42 goals in 41 matches including a hat-trick against Tottenham. His goals helped Arsenal to a third consecutive Championship. In the following season Drake set another record by scoring all seven goals as Arsenal thrashed Aston Villa at Villa Park. Ted managed this goal-scoring with just 8 attempts at goal. The other shot hit the bar and the Arsenal players claimed it had crossed the line. An injury to Drake meant that Arsenal dropped out of the running for a 4th consecutive Championship but he was risked in the F.A Cup final against Sheffield United where he of course scored the only goal. Drake eventually retired in 1945 after dislocating a disc in his spine during a wartime game. His record at this point stood at 124 goals in 168 games, a record that affords him the honour of being a legend of the game. The Second World War curtailed Drake's career, although he served in the Royal Air Force as well as turning out for Arsenal in wartime games. However, Drake's career would not last long into peacetime; a spinal injury incurred in a game against Reading in 1945 forced him to retire from playing. With 139 goals in 184 games, he is the joint-fifth (along with Jimmy Brain) all-time scorer for Arsenal.
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Re: Ted DRAKE | 1934-1935

Postby tomi77 » 2012 Mar 02, 02:39

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