As a protective measure against emergencies, the management of the Bethlehem soccer team, national champions and American Soccer League leading club, today announced the signing of John Murray Gailbraith, a star junior player from Scotland.
Gailbraith joined the club yesterday and comes reputed as being one of the most promising junior players in Scottish football. Before coming to this country the young man starred with the Parkheads Junior Club in the Glasgow League of Scotland.
The newcomer will hardly have shaken off the effects of his sea legs before he sees service with the national champions. The management proposed using him in the exhibition game to be played against Brooklyn on the latter's field this afternoon.
While Dave Edwards, ranked as the most brilliant goalie in the American League, will no doubt continue to be given preference in assuming the duties of custodian, the goalie position was the only one the tam that was not protective. By this it is meant that the club has one or more capable reserves for ever position on the team.
The action of the club is deemed a wise one in view of the fact that the soccer classics are about to be played with Bethlehem launching its cup campaign in the American Soccer League against Newark at the latter place on Sunday afternoon. The opening round of the National cup tie competition will be started some time in March.
With very few exceptions the players to represent Bethlehem in the game against Newark on Sunday afternoon did not journey to Brooklyn today. They will leave for the Jersey town on the 10:45 Central train on Sunday morning.
The big list of reserves made it possible for Bethlehem to field a team against Brooklyn today without call on any of the men selected for the cup lineup. In addition to the Bethlehem players Jimmy Fryer, a back, formerly a star with Fall River, and Crilley, young and aggressive forward, who at one time sported the colors of the New York Giants, have been secured for this game.