Longing to return to the club he left when Fall River made its wholesale raid on the ranks of the Bethlehem Steel team three years ago, Tommy Raeside, a halfback or fullback, and regular on the championship team is again back in the Steelmen's fold. Raeside joined the club on Thursday afternoon and his acquisition at this time relieves the tense situation occasioned by injuries.
Fall River agreed reluctantly to the release of its brilliant halfback and with the understanding that he come to Bethlehem and no other club. In asking for his release, Raeside informed the Fall River management that he had a better opportunity to continue in the work that he has adopted as his profession at the close of his playing days, and made his plea so strong that the management conceded to the transfer.
The management will lose little time in pressing Raeside into service, and he may be in the game against the Giants today. As a player, he is quite versatile, being more adept in the position of center half or right halfback. He can also play a fullback position, if necessary.
The local management is jubilant over their success in the negotiations for Raeside. With his acquisition, the club will have an excellent reserve to relieve either McDonald or Carnihan. It will also enable the club to make wider use of the services of Whitey McDonald, and experiment in playing him in other positions. Recently Whitey has displayed an inclination to try his luck at caging goals and it is believed that he would make good as a forward. The management has also contemplated for some time trying McDonald at a fullback position, and the lineup against Providence here, on Saturday afternoon, may see Whitey at either one of these positions.
Raeside comes back to Bethlehem after being away for several seasons. It is understood that there are several other Fall River players who are equally as keen to return to the Bethlehems, but little hope is entertained that the Fall River management will concede to these wishes. This was the second season for Raeside with the champions.