On 29 May 1995, former Arsenal striker Ted Drake died in London at the age of 83, according to the Official Club website.
Born in August 16 1912 as Edward Joseph Drake, he became fondly known as ‘Ted’ while playing for the Southampton Youth team between 1931 and 1934. He however made his name after joining Arsenal in the summer of the 1934/35 season where he scored a staggering 46 League goals, gloriously leading them to a League triumph.
His most finest and impressive performance however came in the following season away to Villa Park. The England international bagged all 7 goals in the 7-1 rout over rivals Aston Villa. In fact, Ted could have gotten on the score sheet for the 8th time that day were it not for the crossbar that denied him an eighth.
His blistering pace and ruthless demeanor in front of goal sent shivers to rivals and as such, it comes as no surprise that Ted Drake makes it to the list of The 50 Greatest Gunners’ Players of all time.
Hats off to the champ Ted Drake!