It Must Be True
Although advices confirming the announcement have not been forthcoming from officers of the Bethlehem soccer club, it is publicly declared in Philadelphia that the Steel City booters will make their first appearance in that city in a league game on March 1. That arrangement, if it materializes, will be just too bad for home loyals for it probably means that with the transfer the Bethlehem team fans have witnessed their last big league soccer game in Bethlehem.
Eastern District Not in Harmony
That the Eastern District Football Association is not in harmony with this move is apparent by gossip emanating from the town of William Penn and if possible would check, it is believed, the transfer for this season. Down Philly way they contend that Bethlehem is infringing on territorial rights at a time when cup games are to be played and games which will be the big money getters. To play under the name of Bethlehem, the Eastern District might succeed in blocking the issue, but it is hardly likely that the U. S. F. A. would bar a big league team playing under the name of Philadelphia.
Bridgeport Wants Franchise
Bridgeport, the former Hungarian F. C. of the Eastern Soccer League, is also making a bid for the Philadelphia rights but Bethlehem, it is understood, is in on the ground floor and if any change is made Bethlehem is the team to be favored. No one can hate the Quaker fans in declaring their likes for insofar as prestige and merit are concerned, Bridgeport is not in the same street with Bethlehem.