Three In A Row For Arsenal On This Day, 22nd April 1935

In the end, it was a fitting tribute to Herbert Chapman. Having set the foundations at Huddersfield Town for a similar feat, arguably Chapman left a greater legacy at Arsenal. Quite simply, his building blocks have lasted to this day and beyond.

Two years to the day from sealing the first title, Arsenal won their third in a row.

This season saw a return to the attacking bravura of 1932/33; 115 goals scored but this time allied to a parsimonious defence, conceding just 46 in their 42 games. The goal average of 2.50 is one of the highest for any title-winning side.

There was some outstanding results. Beating Liverpool 8 – 1 at home in September remains a record margin of victory in that fixture. Who cares if the 1930s Liverpool were a pale shadow of the club of today. How would you top that? Probably by winning 6 – 0 at White Hart Lane, a record margin of victory in that fixture too.

As was customary, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City shipped goals against Arsenal. This time in the matches at Highbury, it was seven and eight respectively. Surprisingly, the lowest crowd of the season came with Leicester’s visit, just 23,689 there to witness the match.

Middlesbrough joined the jamboree by losing 8 – 0 at Highbury with Ted Drake scoring four for the fourth time that season. The other three were against Chelsea, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City.

Surprisingly, he did not net in the rout of Tottenham but he grabbed a hat-trick in the 5 – 1 North London Derby win at Highbury, watched by more than 70,000 spectators. He scored three hat-tricks in total, Liverpool and Leicster City the other victims. Little wonder that Drake finished top scorer with 42 league goals in 41 games. The total of seven occasions of scoring three or more equalled Jack Lambert’s tally in 1930-31, the club’s first title-winning season. Both records stand today.

Not a match report this time but a reflective leader column which seems somehow more measured than is likely today.

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