|Full name:||Edward Joseph Drake|
|Date of birth:||August 16, 1912|
|Date of death:||May 30, 1995|
|Clubs played for:||Southampton, Arsenal|
|Clubs managed:||Hendon, Reading, Chelsea|
A prolific striker, Drake regularly found the net at both Southampton and then Arsenal before moving into management with the Gunners' London rivals Chelsea. The Southampton native originally turned down a move to Highbury when the great Herbert Chapman was in charge, but finally signed for his successor George Allison.
Drake scored 42 goals in 41 games in his first full season, hit seven in a single game against Aston Villa, twice fired Arsenal to title glory and added an FA Cup medal to his trophy cabinet in his 11 years at the club.
Shortly after his move to Arsenal, Drake earned an England call-up and scored on his debut in an epic and controversial encounter against the Italians. In his penultimate appearance, he scored a hat-trick against World Champions Hungary and bowed out with a double against France in Paris in 1938 to take his tally to six goals in just five games. Who knows how many he would have scored had the Second World War not ended his international career.
International Career Stats
Drake spent five years at Reading but could not get them promoted, despite finishing as Third Division (South) runners-up in 1951-52. But his fortunes were turned on their head when Drake joined Chelsea at the end of that season. Within three years he had revolutionised the club and guided them to the title in 1955 - the last Chelsea boss to do so until Jose Mourinho 50 years later.
England 3-2 Italy (International friendly, November 14, 1934)
In what became known as the "Battle of Highbury," Drake lined up alongside six other Gunners as England took on recently crowned World Champions Italy. In a violent affair, Drake was on the receiving end of a heavy blow and Manchester City's Eric Brook was forced off with a fractured arm. The injured duo still managed to put England 3-0 up inside the first half, Brook with a brace before Drake added a third.
Arsenal 1-0 Sheffield United (FA Cup final, April 25, 1936)
Having been injured playing for England, Drake was forced to undergo a cartilage operation and only returned to the Gunners' side the week before the final. Despite his lack of match fitness, he still looked as sharp as ever, scoring the only goal with a powerful drive.
Chelsea 1-2 Crewe (FA Cup 3rd round, January 7, 1961)
This was a defining game in Drake's Chelsea managerial reign as the Blues lost to then-Fourth Division side Crewe. Barrie Wheatley headed in the decisive second goal and the pressure was beginning to mount on Drake, eventually sacked for having failed to repeat his title success.
|Arsenal||League Championship||1934-35, 1937-38|
|Chelsea (as manager)||League Championship||1954-55|
Did You Know...?
Drake became the first man to win the league title both as player and manager. He won the trophy twice with Arsenal, before leading Chelsea to glory in 1954-55.
The Second World War curtailed Drake's career. But he did manage to turn out for Arsenal in wartime games while serving in the Air Force.
Drake played professional cricket for Hampshire, making his debut in 1931. He made only 16 appearances in six years, picking up 10 shillings a week for his trouble.
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