Drake dies at 82

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Ted Drake, one of the few men to have won the championship as a player and manager with different clubs, died last night at the age of 82, writes Clive White.

As a buccaneering centre forward, Drake won two League titles with Arsenal, in 1934/35 and '37/38, in the first of those seasons once scoring all seven goals in a win at Villa Park. He scored 150 goals in 197 games before the war. "There was no finesse about him," Bob Wall, the former Arsenal secretary, once said. "He went for the ball in a blunt and uncompromising way."

After injury forced a premature retirement, he steered Chelsea to the Championship in 1954/55, eventually going on to produce a young team known as Drake's Ducklings which featured the likes of Jimmy Greaves and Terry Venables.

Bobby Stokes, who scored the winning goal in Southampton's FA Cup final victory over Manchester United in 1976, has died, aged 44. He was found unconscious at his Portsmouth home and died later. Stokes played for Southampton, Portsmouth, and the Washington Diplomats.

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