Ted Drake’s Historic Seven For Arsenal, On This Day, 14th December 1935

77 years on and Ted Drake’s scoring feat is still the the most goals in an English top flight game, a record jointly shared with James Ross of Preston. Eleven days later, Bell of Tranmere scored nine in their match against Oldham Athletic to raise the record for individual goals in a game whilst on 13th April 1936, Joe Payne set the yet-to-be-bettered record of 10 goals for Luton against Bristol Rovers.

Drake might well have scored eight but for the intervention of the woodwork. It’s the stuff of Arsenal legend. So impressed were the media, this cutting is from the News section in the following Monday’s Daily Express.

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