The Globe -- Bethlehem
Thursday, February 5, 1925
EXPECT 20,000 TO SEE SOCCER GAME
Ultimate Title in American League May Be Settled Sunday When
STEEL AND FALL RIVER MEET

Twenty thousand spectators, the largest crowd ever to witness a soccer game in this country, are predicted to attend at Tiverton, Mass., on Sunday afternoon when the Bethlehem Steel F. C. opposes its heated rival, Fall River, in an American League contest.

According to reports emanating from the quarters of the Fall River clan, no soccer game was ever played in that district that attracted the interest of the coming game, interest apparently inspired by the keen rivalry between the two clubs and the possibility that the outcome may determine the pennant winner. But three points separate the two clubs in the league standing, a margin that threatens to be reduced by no less than two points after Bethlehem has played the same number of games as the league leaders.

Since the start of the schedule, Fall River has aspired to first place in the club standing and has hung on to the position up to this time. Bethlehem will invade the lair of its rival determined to score a victory, and inspired in this determination by a record of eight games without a defeat, in which a total of some forty goals were scored to four against by the opponents. While other games will be played in the New England district, the Bethlehem-Fall River setto promises to command the attention of the soccer world on Saturday and fans are expected to journey from points far distant to witness the clash. Boston is certain to contribute several thousand soccer enthusiasts.

Bethlehem players have been pointed for this game and will meet the league leaders in good physical condition. They realize the task confronting them, having played at Fall River on previous occasions and have been schooled to steel themselves against the cheering of the enthusiastic and rabid Fall River fans.

No definite lineup has been selected, but it is probable that "Sturdy" Maxwell, who has been idle for the past several games, will replace Johnny Granger at inside right. Maxwell has played but few games since the last invasion to Fall River, an occasion on which he was ruled out of the game after Goldie had been previously injured and also forced to retire.


1924-1925
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club