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Edward (Ted) Drake was born in Southampton on 16th August 1912. After leaving school he worked as gas-meter reader.
A talented football he played for Southampton Gasworks and Winchester City before joining Southampton. He scored a hat-trick on his debut against Swansea Town on 14th November 1931.
In the 1932-33 season Drake scored 20 goals in 33 games. Herbert Chapman, the manager of Arsenal, tried to sign Drake but he rejected a move to London as he was happy playing for George Kay. The following season Drake was the Second Division's top goalscorer.
George Allison, the new manager of Arsenal, made another attempt to sign Drake in March 1934. Southampton had financial problems at the time and agreed a fee of £6,500 for their star centre-forward. While at the club he had scored 48 goals in 74 appearances.
Drake scored a goal on his debut for Arsenal against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 24th March, 1934. Arsenal won the First Division league championship that season but Drake joined too late to qualify for a medal.
Ted Drake scored 42 goals in 41 games in the 1934-35 season. This included three hat-tricks against Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City and four, four-goal hauls, against Birmingham City, Chelsea, Wolves and Middlesbrough. These goals helped Arsenal to win the league championship.
Drake won his first international cap for England against Italy on 14th November 1934. The England team that day also included Eddie Hapgood, Ray Bowden, Wilf Copping, Cliff Bastin, George Male, Frank Moss, Stanley Matthews and Eric Brook. Drake scored one of the goals in England's 3-2 victory.
The following season Drake played in England's 2-1 victory over Northern Ireland. Drake had a particularly good game against Aston Villa on 14th December, 1935. He was suffering from a knee injury but George Allison decided to risk him. By half-time he had scored a hat-trick. Drake scored three more in the first 15 minutes of the second-half. Drake then hit the bar and when he told the referee it had crossed the line, he replied: "Don't be greedy, isn't six enough". In the last minute he converted a cross from Cliff Bastin. Seven goals in an away game was an amazing achievement.
Drake returned to the England team against Wales on 5th February 1936. He failed to score and was replaced by George Camsell in the next game against Scotland. Freddie Steele also played in this position until Drake regained his place in the game against Hungary on 2nd December 1936. Drake rewarded the selectors with a hat-trick in the 6-2 victory.
However, a serious knee injury, that needed a cartilage operation, put Drake out of action for ten weeks. Arsenal missed his goals and only finished in 6th place behind Sunderland. Arsenal did much better in the FA Cup that season. Arsenal beat Liverpool (2-0), Newcastle United (3-0), Barnsley (4-1) and Grimsby Town (1-0) to reach the final against Sheffield United.
As Eddie Hapgood pointed out: The match will go down in history as Ted Drake's Final. Badly injured in the Welsh match at Wolverhampton three months before (when, incidentally, Arsenal had six men chosen), Ted was gambled on at Wembley. And the gamble came off. Wearing the world's biggest bandage on his left knee, Ted got the only goal of the match sixteen minutes from time. He told us in the dressing-room that when he received Cliff Bastin's pass, he knew it was now or never. And that when he hit the ball he knew it was a goal."
Some of Arsenal's key players such as Alex James, Cliff Bastin, Joe Hume, Ray John and Herbert Roberts were past their best. Drake and Ray Bowden continued to suffer from injuries, whereas Frank Moss was forced to retire from the game with a shoulder injury. Given these problems Arsenal did well to finish in 3rd place in the 1936-37 season.
Before the start of the 1937-38 season Herbert Roberts, Ray John and Alex James retired from football. Joe Hume was out with a long-term back injury and Ray Bowden was sold to Newcastle United. However, a new group of younger players such as Bernard Joy, Alf Kirchen and Leslie Compton, became regulars in the side. George Hunt was also bought from Tottenham Hotspur to provide cover for Ted Drake who was still suffering from a knee injury. Cliff Bastin and George Male were now the only survivors of the team managed by Herbert Chapman.
Wolves were expected to be Arsenal's main rivals in the 1937-38 season. However, it was Brentford who led the table in February. They also beat Arsenal on 18th April, a game in which Ted Drake broke his wrist and suffered a bad head wound. However, it was the only two points they won during a eight game period and gradually dropped out of contention.
On the last day of the season Wolves were away to Sunderland. If Wolves won the game they would be champions, but they drew 1-1. Arsenal beat Bolton Wanderers at Highbury and won their fifth title in eight years. As a result of his many injuries, Ted Drake only played in 28 games but he still ended up the club's top scorer with 17 goals.
Jeff Harris, the author of Arsenal Who's Who argues that "Drake's main attributes were his powerful dashing runs, his great strength combined with terrific speed and a powerful shot. Ted Drake was also brilliant in the air but above all, so unbelievably fearless."
Stan Mortensen considered Drake a better centre-forward than Tommy Lawton: "I came to regard him as my ideal centre-forward... Drake was absolutely fearless. I do not mean that he threw his weight about to hurt other players. He would risk physical injury to himself if he could see half a chance - no, one tenth of a chance - to get through to score.... I am afraid his method similarly took toll of his frame. But he never eased up, and was completely unselfish, always on the look-out for a chance to make an opening for the inside-forwards.
Drake also scored two of the goals in England's 4-2 victory over France on 26th May 1938. Stanley Matthews, who played for England that day later recalled: "Ted Drake turned in a masterful performance. He hurled himself around in the French penalty area, his robust, barnstorming style always a source of trouble to France, and he ended the game with two goals to his name. We ran out comfortable 4-2 winners with our other goals coming from Frank Broome and Cliff Bastin." Drake had scored six goals in five games but it was the last time he played for his country.
The outbreak of the Second World War brought a halt to Ted Drake's Arsenal career. Despite his many injuries he was Arsenal's leading league goalscorer in each of his five seasons at the club.
Drake served in the Royal Air Force during the war and managed to score 86 goals in 128 friendly games for Arsenal. In a game against Reading in 1945 Drake suffered a serious spinal injury and was forced to retire from the game. During his first-class football career he had scored 171 goals in 238 appearances.
Drake became manager of Reading in 1947. At the time the club was playing in the Third Division and in the 1951-52 season the club finished in second place in the league. As a result of this Drake was appointed manager of Chelsea. The club won the First Division championship in the 1954-55 season. In doing so, he became the first person to win the league title both as player and manager. Unfortunately the team went into decline and Drake was sacked in 1962.
Ted Drake died on 30th May 1995.
The match will go down in history as Ted Drake's Final. And that when he hit the ball he knew it was a goal.
Ted Drake was a big man with a big heart and he was prolific in front of goal. In 1935, he had scored all seven goals for Arsenal in a 7-1 win at Aston Villa, the most amazing thing being, he had only eight chances in the whole of that game and had put all but one of them away - the other chance hit the crossbar! It spoke volumes for his ability. The word profligacy didn't feature in his vocabulary. Ted's seven-goal haul at Aston Villa ensured his name will live long in football history, but goals apart, he turned in many better performances and the game against France was one of them.
The pressure was on England to bounce back against a French team considered to be far and away a better side than Switzerland. I relished the big-match atmosphere and as soon as the game got under way I knew I was on for the palmiest of days. Everything I did came off and my England colleagues, having shaken off the lackadaisical attitude so evident against the Swiss, set about the French with vigour. Ted Drake turned in a masterful performance. We ran out comfortable 4-2 winners with our other goals coming from Frank Broome and Cliff Bastin.
When I played alongside Drake during the war years I came to regard him as my ideal centre-forward... He would risk physical injury to himself if he could see half a chance - no, one tenth of a chance - to get through to score. He was one of those players who strip bigger than they look in their street clothes, and he made the full use of every ounce of weight he possessed.
Like his team-mate, Alf Kirchen, Ted did not spare himself once the game warmed up; and I am afraid his method similarly took toll of his frame. But he never eased up, and was completely unselfish, always on the look-out for a chance to make an opening for the inside-forwards.
There have been many centre-forwards, international players, too, with fewer qualities, but none with more. I would never expect more from any team-mate than Ted Drake gave in those war-time representative contests when, near the end of his grand career, he never gave a thought to the idea of conserving his energies with a view to playing just a little longer. No, it was all out, all the time, for Ted.
Edward Joseph ‘Ted’ Drake was one of Arsenal’s most prolific goalscorers of all time, scoring 42 goals in total during the 1934/35 season alone.
The striker, born 16 August 1912, started his football career at Winchester City before missing his trial with Spurs through injury and signing for Southampton in 1931. He made 33 Second Division appearances, scoring 20 goals in that time, before Herbert Chapman, Arsenal’s manager at the time, came a-knocking. However, Drake turned down a move.
In 1934, Arsenal, now coached by George Allison, returned for Drake and this time he accepted the offer of a move to north London. He scored a total of 48 goals in 74 appearances for the Saints before he left.
Drake signed for Arsenal for £6,500 and scored his debut goal during his first match the same month he joined (March) in the Gunners’ 3-2 win over Wolves. He would go on to score 42 goals in 41 League appearances during the 1934/35 season.
Perhaps his most notable game was a 7-1 win over Aston Villa where Drake scored all of Arsenal’s seven goals. SEVEN. A club and top-flight record that still stands to this day.
During Drake’s time at Arsenal, he scored a total of 136 goals in 182 games and it could have been even higher if it wasn’t for the break for World War II.
After he retired from playing football, Drake went into management, coaching at Hendon and Reading before helping Chelsea to their first ever League title in 1955. After this, he ended up coaching Fulham’s reserves where his son played.
Live Nation, Drake preparing to launch new east-end Toronto live music venue called History
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After several announcements about the closures of smaller live music venues in Toronto in recent years, Live Nation, in collaboration with Drake, is set to open a new signature entertainment venue in the city’s east end.
“It’s a harbinger of good things to come … it’s a significant transformation (of the site),” Coun. Brad Bradford, the chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Committee and the area’s representative, told Global News Tuesday afternoon.
“What you have here is a 2,500-person venue. There are acts out there that can sell out Scotiabank Arena and the Rogers Centre, but we don’t have a lot of those smaller and mid-size venues.”
Live Nation revealed renderings of the new facility, which will be called History, on Tuesday. Located on the south side of Queen Street East near Kingston Road and Eastern Avenue, the entertainment company billed it as a “versatile and intimate destination.”
According to the statement by Live Nation, there will be a convertible general admission area and reserved seating configurations for concerts, entertainment acts, community events and galas.
After being under construction for three years, it’s not clear when exactly History will open to the public but the company said construction is close to finishing.
However, according to the venue’s social media channels, acts, including 24KGoldn, 070 Shake, Chvrches and Bleachers, were scheduled to start appearing at the facility in mid-October. The company said details of additional bookings will be released later in the year.
Currently, live venues aren’t slated to reopen until the Ontario government moves the province into Step 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan, which means venues likely won’t reopen until the end of July at the earliest.
The opening of History marks a shift in the conversation surrounding the status of smaller music venues in Toronto. There have been a series of closures over the past few years, including The Mod Club Theatre, Sneaky Dee’s, the Cadillac Lounge, the Silver Dollar Room, The Hoxton, and Soybomb.
Live performance venues have been slammed over the course of the pandemic. In August, the City of Toronto moved to provide tax breaks to nearly four-dozen facilities that had to close or severely limit attendance numbers.
“The music industry and performing arts, in general, have been hit particularly hard,” Bradford said.
“We have seen some sectors like film, for example, that have been able to find a pathway to operate safely to operate throughout all of the restrictions, but we haven’t the same contingency for live music.”
For example, he said venues have been looking to hold live streaming events, but health officials haven’t allowed the venues to host those types of events.
“Everyone understands we’re in a global pandemic and follow public health advice, but this industry from both a venue perspective and an artist perspective have been hit really, really hard,” Bradford said.
He said he is bringing a motion to Toronto city council this month that calls for the creation of an “evidence-based” reopening plan for live music venues across Ontario, a plan that would include guidance on distancing, workplace safety, reviewing venue classifications under plans and further financial supports.
Bradford said he and other government officials have been trying to work with property owners to address other short-term challenges facing the local entertainment industry, including making insurance more affordable. He also said they’re looking at ways to protect cultural venue spaces and prevent development-related takeovers.
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Exhibit about artist Ted Drake on display at Elkhart Public Library until July 27
ELKHART — A free exhibit, "Ted Drake: Art, Commerce, History" is on display through July 27 at the Elkhart Public Library, 300 S. 2nd St.
Theodore "Ted" Drake, who died in 2000 at age 92, was an Elkhart-based cartoonist and graphic artist. He was best known for designing the original University of Notre Dame leprechaun logo in 1964 and, later, the Chicago Bulls logo.
He also designed Notre Dame football program covers and other university artwork throughout the 1960s and in the 1990s. After serving in World War II, he worked as a free-lance artist for the Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
The exhibit includes some of Drake's sketches, marketing publications and advertising designs.
At 6 p.m. July 12, Amy Christiansen, research archivist and the exhibit's curator, will discuss Drake’s life and work during a free public lecture in the library's atrium.
The exhibit is sponsored by the library, the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Elkhart County Parks and the Elkhart County Historical Society.
Drake immediately introduced a series of changes at Chelsea, aimed at modernising the club and ending its dated association with the music halls. He removed the Chelsea pensioner crest from the matchday programme and insisted the club adopt a new badge, which led to the adoption of the classic "Lion Rampant Reguardant" crest. This in turn saw the Pensioners nickname gradually replaced by the Blues. He also demanded more vocal and partisan support for the team at Stamford Bridge:
On the pitch, the start of Drake's reign was inauspicious Chelsea finished 19th in the First Division - one point from relegation - in the 1952-53 season. The following season saw some improvement, with the team finishing 8th and setting a (then) club record of 14 games unbeaten. A year later Drake led Chelsea to their first major trophy, the league championship.
Though the team were only 12th in November, they lost just four more games that season and secured the championship thanks to a 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on 23 April 1955. Of particular importance were a run of seven wins in ten matches during the title run-in, and two wins over eventual runners-up Wolves (a last gasp 4-3 win at Molineux and a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in April, secured with a Peter Sillett penalty).
Drake's Chelsea failed to build on the title success, and finished 16th in the 1955-56 season. The championship winning side was gradually broken up, replaced by youngsters emerging from the club's youth set-up, among them Jimmy Greaves, Peter Brabrook and Ron Tindall. The club was marooned in mid-table for the rest of the 1950s, a barren spell mainly lit up by Greaves' prolific goalscoring. The nadir of Drake's tenure came with a 2-1 home defeat to Fourth Division Crewe Alexandra in the FA Cup in January 1961. Drake was sacked after a poor start to the 1961-62 season and replaced by player-coach Tommy Docherty.
Født i Southampton begyndte Drake at spille i Winchester City , mens han fortsatte med at arbejde som gasmålerlæser. Han kom næsten til Spurs som skoledreng, men gik glip af prøvekampen med en skade. I juni 1931 blev han overtalt af George Kay til at slutte sig til Southampton og derefter spille i Division Two. Han debuterede Saints den 14. november 1931 i Swansea Town og underskrev som professionel i november og blev førstevalgs-centrumspiller ved slutningen af sæsonen 1931–32.
I den følgende sæson spillede han 33 ligakampe og scorede 20 mål. Efter kun en hel sæson tiltrak hans mod og dygtighed opmærksomheden fra Arsenals Herbert Chapman , der forsøgte at overtale Drake til at flytte til det nordlige London. Drake afviste chancen for at flytte til Highbury og besluttede at blive hos The Dell . Han startede sæsonen 1933–34 med at score et hattrick i åbningskampen mod Bradford City , efter dette med mindst et mål i de næste fire kampe og derved samle otte mål i de første fem kampe. I begyndelsen af marts havde han sprængt sin vej til toppen af Football League Division Two målscorende tabel med 22 mål.
Arsenal med George Allison nu ansvaret fornyede deres interesse, og Drake besluttede til sidst at slutte sig til Gunners. Hellige havde afvist flere tidligere tilbud, men blev til sidst tvunget til at sælge for at afbalancere deres bøger. Drake spillede i alt 74 optrædener for Southampton og scorede 48 mål.
Drake flyttede til Arsenal i marts 1934 for £ 6.500 og scorede på sin ligadebut mod Wolves den 24. marts 1934 i en 3-2 sejr. Selvom han sluttede sig for sent til at kvalificere sig til en ligamesterskabsmedalje i 1933–34 , ville Drake vinde en i 1934–35 og scorede 42 mål i 41 ligakampe undervejs - dette omfattede tre hat-tricks og fire firemålshold. Med yderligere to mål i FA Cup og Charity Shield scorede Drake 44 i hele denne sæson og brækkede Jack Lamberts klubrekord, et der stadig holder den dag i dag.
Den følgende sæson, 1935–36, scorede Drake syv i en enkelt kamp mod Aston Villa på Villa Park den 14. december 1935, en klubrekord og en toprekord, der også stadig står. Drake hævdede, at et ottende mål ramte overliggeren og gik over stregen, men dommeren vinkede sin appel væk. Drake fortsatte med at vinde FA Cup i 1935–36, hvor han scorede det eneste mål i finalen og ligatitlen igen i 1937–38 med Arsenal.
På trods af at han regelmæssigt blev skadet (han var utvivlsomt indtil sidste øjeblik i 1936 Cup-finalen), betød Drakes hurtighed, hårde skydning og modige spillestil, at han var Arsenals førstevalgscenterspiller i resten af årtiet, og han var den klubens topscorer for hver af de fem sæsoner fra 1934–35 til 1938–39 . Den Anden Verdenskrig indskrænket Drakes karriere, selv om han tjente i Royal Air Force samt udklækker til Arsenal i krigstid spil og også optræder som gæst afspiller til West Ham United senere i Anden Verdenskrig. Imidlertid ville Drakes karriere ikke vare længe i fredstid en rygmarvsskade påført i et spil mod Reading i 1945 tvang ham til at trække sig tilbage fra at spille. Med 139 mål i 184 kampe er han sammen med Jimmy Brain den fælles femte all-time scorer for Arsenal.
Drake er også en af 32 Arsenal-legender, der er prydet med et vægmaleri på væggene på klubben Emirates Stadium .
7. Drake was a successful politician.
Upon returning from his circumnavigation in 1580, Drake brought a lavish estate called Buckland Abbey and settled into a second career as both a Member of Parliament and the mayor of the coastal town of Plymouth. As mayor, he helped build a canal that supplied Plymouth with fresh water for centuries, but he also took occasional breaks from his political duties to return to sea and conduct raids against the Spanish at Santa Domingo, Cartagena and St. Augustine, Florida.
Happy Birthday Freddie Ljungberg, and remembering Ted Drake.
It’s Freddie’s birthday and we wish him many happy returns from the Arsenal History Society.
It is also the day we commemorate the birth of Ted Drake, one of the all-time greatest Arsenal players, and the man who scored all seven goals in one game against Aston Villa.
Here are the anniversaries for today. You can see details of some of the series of articles that the Society has researched here and the full set of anniversaries for this month here – that list will be updated once again at the end of the month.
Anniversaries for other months can also be found by looking under “pages” on the right column.
16 April 1894: Having finished their first League season Woolwich Arsenal embarked on a series of friendlies – and curiously the friendlies got bigger crowds than the league games! On this day the score was Luton 3 Arsenal 3 with 3000 present.
16 April 1900: Arsenal signed right back Archie Cross from New Brompton. He later played at left back in over 100 games for the club before moving back to Dartford – his first-ever club – in 1909.
16 April 1910: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1 in front of 39,000. The first ever Tottenham v Arsenal league match at Tottenham. Despite five games unbeaten Arsenal’s problems continued. This was the 16th consecutive Arsenal match in which neither side scored more than one goal.
16 April 1912: Ted Drake was born. He started playing for Winchester City, and then went on to Southampton, playing for them for the first time on 14 November 1931. Herbert Chapman quickly spotted him, but tragically passed on before he was able to sign him. See also Ted Drake Day
16 April 1912: One of the club’s pivotal days. George Leavey wrote to the Kentish Independent explaining that he could no longer spend the time nor provide adequate support for the club, wished Norris and Hall success in the venture, and resigned. Leavey was Arsenal’s second great benefactor – the first being George Lawrence. See also here.
16 April 1921: Bradford PA 0 Arsenal 1. It was the last league meeting of the clubs. 14,000 were at the game, and Toner scored the only goal of the match. Arsenal’s victory came despite travelling to Bradford by coach due to possible train disruption
16 April 1932: With one week before the Cup Final 4th placed Arsenal played 3rd placed Sheffield Wed. Arsenal won 3-1 and moved up to 2nd.
16 April 1949: Everton 0 Arsenal 0. This made it six draws and one defeat in the last seven. The crowd was 58,987 despite Everton’s lowly league position and Arsenal’s poor form. The season represented the height of post-war league attendances.
16 April 1960: With just one win in eight and 10 goals conceded in the last four games, Arsenal sank to below mid-table with a 3-0 away defeat to Birmingham and managed just one win against three defeats in the last four games of the season.
16 April 1962: Arsenal recorded their first win at Old Trafford since 1930. George Eastham scored the first in a 3-2 win, Noel Cantwell o.g for the second and Alan Skirton got the third and winning goal.
16 April 1966: WHU 2 Arsenal 1. Baldwin scored for Arsenal but it was 10 without a win. Billy Wright’s days came to an ignominious end as Arsenal sank to 16th in the table just three points above the relegation spot.
16 April 1977: Freddie Ljungberg born. He made his debut for Halmstads on 23 October 1994 and was signed by Arsenal in 1998 for £3m. It is said that Arsène Wenger claimed he had never seen him play when he signed him – but just saw him on TV, although this seems very unlikely and I can’t find a record of Wenger saying this.
16 April 1979: Arsenal 5 Chelsea 2. Arsenal scored five in three different games all against London clubs during the season, but didn’t win any of the remaining five games after this derby. Stapleton (2) O’Leary, Sunderland and Price got the goals.
16 April 1980: Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1. FA Cup Semi final 1st replay. Sunderland scored. Arsenal were involved in the FA Cup, the Cup Winners’ Cup and a desire to get into the top three (for European inclusion next season). There is a more detailed account here.
16 April 1983. Arsenal lost 1-2 to Man U in their 16th Cup semi-final appearance, played at Villa Park. Woodcock scored for Arsenal. Arsenal had beaten Bolton, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa to reach the semi. Man U beat Brighton in the final after a replay.
16 April 2000: Before the game, Arsène Wenger and the players presented bouquets of flowers to their counterparts to honour the Leeds fans murdered in Istanbul. Arsenal beat Leeds 4-0 away as Henry scored his 20th of the season. Arsenal went above Leeds having been 10 points behind, last time they met.
16 April 2004: Arsenal 5 Leeds 0. Henry got four after Pires had scored the opener. The 33rd league game of the unbeaten season and the third defeat of Leeds after two 1-4 away victories, one in the League, one if the FA Cup.
16 April 2012: After a disappointing defeat against QPR in March, there was another disappointment with Arsenal 1 Wigan 2 – both Wigan’s goals coming in first 8 minutes. The result left Arsenal in 3rd, 18 points behind the leaders, 13 behind the second-place team.
16 April 2013: A goalless draw with Everton at home continued Arsenal’s unbeaten run to six games – it eventually lasted to the end of the season making it 11 unbeaten, although Arsenal lost the first match of the 2013/14 season. The run allowed Arsenal to secure 4th place and push Tottenham into 5th.
A look back on Francis Drake Hotel's history
The Francis Drake Hotel building, which has been a fixture in downtown Minneapolis for several decades, faces demolition work following Wednesday’s fire that gutted the structure.
The Christmas Day fire also displaced about 250 people as it was being used as a temporary homeless shelter. City officials announced Thursday that the hotel would be partially torn down due to safety concerns.
As local leaders scramble to help those displaced and begin to shape the future of the site, many are also reflecting on its history.
Jenna Jacobs and Ted Hathaway work with the Special Collections department in the Hennepin County Library system.
They provided this timeline of notable moments in the building’s history:
1926: The building begins as a luxury residential and traditional hotel with 108 apartments and 50 transient chambers — now better known as “hotel rooms.” Built by Isidore Whitman.
1963: The building is bought by a group of stockholders — Francis Drake, Inc.
1967: The building is purchased by businessman Robert Short.
1983: People Serving People starts operating the hotel as emergency and transitional housing.
1996: A dispute between the building owner, Leamington Co., and People Serving People closes the shelter temporarily.
1997: The hotel reopens as the Drake Hotel, offering low-cost rooms, under the ownership of the Lazarus Corp.
2011: The building is used as an emergency shelter for displaced residents after tornadoes tear through north Minneapolis.
In recent years, Hennepin County and other social service agencies have continued to use the hotel for low-cost housing options. For example, PSP would use it for overflow, while Mary’s Place, a transitional housing service connected to Sharing and Caring Hands, would give people money to stay at the hotel temporarily.
The hotel was not listed in the National Register of Historic Places. But Minnesota's State Historic Preservation Office said as part of a larger project in 2011, a survey was done to gauge the historical significance of the building.
That survey recommended a comprehensive study to determine whether it would be eligible for listing in the National Register. But the office said that study has yet to move forward.
Nach seinem R࿌ktritt als Spieler nahm Drake im Jahre 1946 das Traineramt beim FC Hendon an und wechselte ein Jahr später zum FC Reading. Diesen Verein führte er 1952 zur Vizemeisterschaft in der drittklassigen Third Division South, was damals nicht zum Aufstieg in die zweite Liga reichte. Anschliend wurde er im selben Jahr noch als Erstligatrainer des FC Chelsea verpflichtet.
Drake begann nach seiner Ankunft beim FC Chelsea damit, eine Reihe von Veränderungen durchzuführen, die sich gegen das Image des Vereins als 𠇭ilettantischen Zirkusverein“ richteten. Er sorgte für die Abschaffung des vormaligen Vereinswappens 𠇬helsea pensioner“ und bestand darauf, dass der Verein den Spitznamen „Pensioners“ (deutsch: „Rentner“) durch einen neuen ersetzte. Aus diesen Anregungen heraus wurde das neue Wappen „Lion Rampant Regardant“ und der 𠇫lues“-Spitzname geboren. Drake installierte zudem ein System von Scoutingberichten und professionalisierte die Trainingsarbeit, wie sie im englischen Full zu diesem Zeitpunkt immer noch selten stattfand. Die vormalige Vereinspolitik, recht unzuverlässige Spieler mit gron Namen zu verpflichten, änderte sich fundamental und Drake nutzte seine Kenntnisse aus den niederen Profi- und Amateur-Spielklassen dazu, weniger bekannte aber ehrgeizige Spieler wie Johnny McNichol, Frank Blunstone, Derek Saunders, Jim Lewis und Peter Sillett in die Mannschaft einzubauen.
Innerhalb von drei Jahren führte Drake den FC Chelsea in der Saison 1954/55 zur einzigen englischen Meisterschaft des Vereins im 20. Jahrhundert. Er war damals zudem der Erste, der den englischen Meistertitel sowohl als Spieler als auch als Trainer gewinnen konnte. Danach konnte Drake nicht mehr annähernd an diesen Erfolg anknüpfen. Die Meistermannschaft war zwischenzeitlich auseinandergebrochen und wurde durch junge Vereinstalente wie Jimmy Greaves, Peter Brabrook und Bobby Tambling, für die Drake aber eine unnahbare Person darstellte, ersetzt. Die Leistungen und Resultate wurden sehr unbeständig und der Verein stagnierte im Mittelfeld der Liga. Die FA Cup-Niederlage im Jahre 1961 gegen den Viertligisten Crewe Alexandra wurde schließlich zu einem Menetekel für Drake, der dann früh in der Saison 1961/62 entlassen wurde.
Nach seinem Weggang von Chelsea betreute Drake noch die Reservemannschaft des FC Fulham, wo auch sein Sohn Bobby spielte. Er arbeitete danach noch in der Vereinsführung der 𠇬ottagers“ und wurde später zum Präsidenten des Vereins auf Lebenszeit.
1970 war Drake für sechs Monate Assistenztrainer von Vic Buckingham beim FC Barcelona, nachdem er schon von 1965 bis zum Abstieg 1968 dieselbe Funktion unter ihm beim Londoner Fulham FC hatte.
Drake starb im Alter von 82 Jahren am 30. Mai 1995. Sein Todestag war identisch mit dem von Bobby Stokes, einer anderen Fulllegende, deren Profikarriere in Southampton begonnen hatte.