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039 – Aston Villa 1 Ted Drake 7 (seven)

On the 14th December 1935 Arsenal travelled to Aston Villa for a league match. Ted Drake was suffering with a knee injury that would later need an operation and was a doubt for the game after a poor performance earlier in the week against Middlesbrough.

Villa’s defence was in poor form having already conceded 52 goals in 18 games, and this in part encouraged George Allison to take a risk on his number nine.

It was a risk that paid off handsomely. By half time Drake had a hat-trick. By the hour mark he had six. He then hit the bar and when he appealed to the ref that the ball had bounced over the line the referee told him he had six and not to be greedy. He was, and added a seventh goal shortly before time.

(Arsenal are in white)

As you can see from the next two scans Drake finally succumbed to his injury in the spring, and then faced a battle to get fit for the FA Cup Final.

Backslip reads:

“6.2.36. Arsenal Centre Forward in Hospital. Ted Drake, the Arsenal centre forward, is in the Royal Northern Hospital, Holloway Road, following injuries received while playing for England against Wales at Wolverhampton yesterday. Ted Drake, in bed, reading all about the match in hospital this morning.”

Backslip reads:

“29/2/36. Drake Leaves Hospital. Ted Drake, the Arsenal F.C. centre-forward, who had an operation for cartilage trouble two weeks ago, left the Royal Northern Hospital, London, to-day. He will be a spectator at this afternoon’s F.A. cup-tie match between Arsenal and Barnsley at Highbury, London, N.”

Drake then face a battle to be fit in time for the FA Cup Final and played with what was describes as the ‘biggest bandage in the world’ on his knee. Despite this, it was his goal in the 74th minute that brought the Cup back to Highbury. The media were banned from filming the game after a dispute over fees – originally offered £900 the FA wanted £1500 and when the broadcast companies refused to pay that the FA finally accepted the original offer. Sensing blood the broadcasters withdrew that offer and were only prepared to pay £500. The FA refused this and the only film of the match is from autogyros flying above the stadium, as you can see below.

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032 – 1930 FA Cup Final (part two)

Today’s scans are 3 items from after the final. Again sadly no details on the back of the press photo’s but they’re pretty self-explanatory.

The first one was the ‘homecoming’ when the team displayed the trophy at Islington Town Hall, something that would become a habit. The second one of the cup on display was, I believe, the window of the club’s official photographers of the day, Lambert and Jackson. The teamgroup was an insert in a programme early the next season and finally a clip of our opening game of the following season when the cup was carried round the pitch.




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031 – 1930 FA Cup Final (part one)

1930, and Arsenal win our first major trophy. The picture is of two fine men in their Cup Final shirts, then a clip of the semi’s and the final.


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026 – 1927 FA Cup Final

Finally, in 1927, we got to our first major cup final. Although it didn’t result in a win, as Tony Adams was to say (much) later it’s only by tasting defeat that you can enjoy the victories that will come. Two slightly different clips.

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020 – 1919, Highbury in the First Division

Finally, after the ‘war to end all wars’, League football returned and Arsenal, now at Highbury, returned to the first division. Some nice early shots of Highbury before the stands we all know so well were built. On the subject of Highbury I’ve also included scans from an article published in the programme in the sixties to remember the building of Highbury 50 years on.

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018 – Manor Ground, Woolwich Arsenal v Liverpool

Before we move on to Highbury a little clip of us playing at The Manor Ground before the move. This game was played on 02/09/1911.

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009 – Woolwich Arsenal training in 1897

Bit different today – I’m going to try and link a video from my youtube page. This is a clip of the team in training in 1897. Unfortunately I can’t say where the clip originates as I came across it on a torrent site a while back.

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