Aston Villa 1–7 Arsenal (14 December 1935)

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Aston Villa v. Arsenal
Event 1935–36 First Division
Date 14 December 1935
Venue Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance 60,891

The 1935–36 season First Division match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park took place on 14 December 1935. Arsenal won the fixture 7–1 with all of their seven goals scored by striker Ted Drake, a record haul for a top flight fixture, and a record for any division at the time. The top-flight record still stands today and is all the more notable due to Drake being on the away team and also carrying a knee injury at the time.1

Background

Arsenal crest at the time

Aston Villa and Arsenal enjoyed a great rivalry at the time and there had been several memorable contests between the sides since 1930. Aston Villa sat bottom of the league but had just invested some £24,000 in a number of new players and were expected to improve considerably as a result.23 Arsenal were missing star player Alex James and striker Ted Drake had a heavily strapped knee.4

Match

14 December 1935
Aston Villa 1–7 Arsenal
Palethorpe Goal Drake (7) Goal
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 60,891

Summary

Despite playing six internationals, Aston Villa were losing 3–0 at half time after a Drake hat-trick. He had a double hat-trick by the hour, with Villa then scoring their only goal through Jack Palethorpe.5 Drake then had an effort hit the crossbar and bounce downwards though the goal was disallowed with officials ruling the ball had not crossed the line.6 However, Drake still secured the goal-scoring record in the final minute of the game.1 In total, Drake had just nine shots, all on target with one saved.7

Records

Drake's seven goals equalled the total Jimmy Ross was alleged to have scored in a game for Preston North End against Stoke City in 1888,8 though it was not until years later it was established that Ross had only scored four.4 Strangely the record for all divisions was broken just 12 days after Drake's tally by Bunny Bell of Tranmere Rovers in the Football League Third Division North.1

Aftermath

Aston Villa went on to be relegated for the first time in their history at the end of the season. Arsenal failed to win a fourth consecutive league title but went on to lift the FA Cup with Drake scoring the only goal of the game.9

References

  1. ^ a b c "GGM 38: Ted Drake scores seven in one game". arsenal.com (Arsenal F.C.). 26 July 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Ward, Andrew (1992). Football's Strangest Matches. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "FOOTBALL SENSATION". Evening Post. Wellington: Fairfax Media. 16 December 1935. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Day of the Match: A History of .... Google Books. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Harding, John (14 December 2010). "Gordon Hodgson: GMF remembers one of the original Kings of the Kop". Give Me Football. Archived from the original on 20 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Premiership Profile – Aston Villa". Arsenal.com. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Seven deadly sins of football: Greed – Ted Drake to Steven Gerrard Tower". The Guardian. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Drake's Seven Goals". The Times (47248) (London: Times Newspapers Limited). 16 December 1935. p. 5. 
  9. ^ "1936.htm". Fa-cupfinals.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 

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