Derek Draper (footballer)

Derek Draper (footballer)
Derek Draper
Personal information
Full name Derek Draper
Date of birth 11 May 1943 (1943-05-11) (age 68)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker/Midfielder
Youth career
1960–1962 Swansea Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
c.1962–1966 Swansea Town 61 (10)
1966–1967 Derby County 8 (1)
1967–1969 Bradford Park Avenue 63 (9)
1969–1977 Chester 322 (54)
National team
?–? Wales Under 23s 1 (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Derek Draper (born 11 May 1943, Swansea) is a former Welsh professional footballer. He made more than 450 The Football League appearances for four clubs, with the majority of his career being spent with Chester.

Playing career

Draper began his professional career with hometown club Swansea Town, making his league debut in the 1962–1963 season. The following campaign saw him figure prominently as Swansea reached the FA Cup semi-finals,[1] shining in a 4–0 thrashing of Sheffield United along the way.[2]

In April 1966 Draper moved to Derby County for £5,000 [1] but made just eight league appearances for the Rams.[3]

After a spell with Bradford Park Avenue, Draper joined Chester in January 1969 for £5,000.[4] He made his debut in a 3–1 win against Notts County on 18 January 1969 and went on to spent eight years in the first-team side. With 322 league appearances and 54 goals to his name, Draper features in both the club’s top 10 Football League appearance and goalscoring lists (an honour shared only with Stuart Rimmer).[5]

In 1974–75, Chester achieved their first promotion from Division Four and also reached the Football League Cup semi-finals. Draper featured regularly in both competitions, scoring the two goals against Walsall in the first round of the League Cup and playing a significant role in Chester’s shock 3-0 win over Leeds United in the fourth round.[6] He also struck nine times in league matches, including a hat-trick against Rochdale.[7]

Draper played his final game for Chester in a 1–1 draw with Portsmouth at Sealand Road on 11 April 1977.[7] This was also to be his last professional appearance, as he retired from playing and began working in the commercial department for Chester.[1] He has since been employed as a milkman and a postman in the Chester area [1] and also managed Sunday League football teams in the city.[8]


Swansea Town

  • 1963–64: FA Cup semi-finalists.



  1. ^ a b c d "Swansea City – Club Legends". Swansea City Official Website.,,10354~1171073,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  2. ^ "January 28:1964 – Swansea Town 4, Sheffield United 0". This is Swansea. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Draper, Derek". Derby Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  4. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. Yore Publications. pp. 81. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 
  5. ^ "Club Records". Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  6. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. Yore Publications. pp. 88–89. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 
  7. ^ a b Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. Yore Publications. pp. stats section. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 
  8. ^ ’Do you remember?’, Chester City v. Swansea City matchday programme; 26/1/1990; pg. 5
  9. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. Yore Publications. pp. 87. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 

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