Ted Drake Hits Four For Arsenal On This Day, 2nd September 1939

Almost five years to the day previously, Ted Drake scored his first hat-trick in the 8 – 1 thrashing of Liverpool. This day, Drake scored four for Arsenal for the first time but it is expunged from the records.

This 5 – 2 victory over Sunderland saw Arsenal move into third place but the match was the last official League match in that season with the outbreak of World War II bringing the League campaign to a halt. Six weeks after this, the regionalised wartime leagues kicked into action.

It was Drake’s last appearance in a Football League match for Arsenal. Indeed of the XI that took the field, only George Male, Bernard Joy and Cliff Bastin started for Arsenal when Football League football resumed in 1946-47 although Reg Lewis was missing for this fixture but had played previously in the aborted 1939-40 season.

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