On 16 April 1912, legendary Arsenal striker and former England international Ted Drake was born in Southampton. Born as Edward Joseph Drake, ‘Ted’ first began his football career at his home town club of Southampton FC as a 19-year old. After an impressive record of 20 goals in 33 appearances, Arsenal under the management of Herbert Chapman came knocking.
Despite the interest from the Gunners, Ted still chose to stay at The Dell. Eventually after spending three years at his boyhood club, the then 22-year old finally left the South Coast for the City of London, with Arsenal being his next stop. This was only the beginning of greater things to come.
Arsenal won the League Championship that season but Ted never got a League medal due to his late arrival. He however made up for it the following season when he won the League title in style, scoring 42 goals in 41 League appearances. In total Ted scored 44 goals in all competitions that season to break Jack Lambert’s club record, one that still stands to this day.
Between 1934 and 1938, he made 167 appearances getting on the score sheet over 120 times. Although his run with the Three Lions was not as impressive, he later went on to successfully manage Hendon, Reading and Chelsea.
Ted died on 30th May 1995 aged 82.