The great eastern final National Cup soccer game between Fall River and Bethlehem Steel, scheduled for next Sunday, March 9th, at Dexter Park, Brooklyn, will be the classic of the year and every soccer fan in the country will await the result with keen interest.
Both teams have been under special training for the clash and there is little likelihood of condition being the deciding factor in the struggle.
The game has been twice postponed on account of the ice and snow on the field but reports from National Cup headquarters now state that the field is in good condition and there is little if any possibility of a further postponement.
Both teams are still running neck and neck for the league leadership and two more evenly matched teams could not possibly be found in the east.
The Steel Workers will enter the game confident that their superior science will be too much for the New England representatives but they have enough respect for the "enemy" to admit that every bit of soccer they are capable of displaying will be necessary to stop the admittedly dangerous and aggressive eleven from Fall River.
Four thousand fans will travel from the New England district to cheer on their favorites, they will come by train and boat, specially charted for the "big day" and their presence should be a great source of encouragement to Fall River.
Bethlehem will not have anything like the support from the Lehigh Valley that will be furnished by the New England "hot bed of soccer," but a big crowd of fans expect to take the advantage of the special train that the Lehigh Valley R. R. is running to the "Big City" that day and the Steel Workers should know when they step on the field that they have a lot of fans in the stands.
The clever work shown in the metropolitan district this season by the Steel Workers will also assure them a lot of support from that territory.
The Fall River management strongly objected to any postponement, apparently feeling that their chances were better on a rough, snow-covered field than on a field where the ground conditions were favorable to clever soccer.
However, the Cup Committee were determined that the game would be played under conditions commensurate with the importance of the occasion and all real soccer lovers appreciate the "backbone" displayed by the men in charge.
The Lehigh Valley special train will leave Allentown at 7:32 a.m., Bethlehem at 7:43 a.m. and Easton at 8:05 a.m. on the morning of the game. Returning from the Hudson terminal at 7:43 p.m. Directions to the grounds: From New York [...] elevated. From Brooklyn Bridge, Lexington Avenue-Jamaica train to Eklerts Lane station. By subway, from Municipal building take Broadway-Jamaica train to Eklerts Lane station. By train. Take Long Island R. R. train Pennsylvania Station to Brooklyn [...] Trains leave 10 a.m., 11:06 a.m., 11:34 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 12:44 p.m. and 2:19 p.m. Fans are advised to get to the grounds at least one hour before the time set for the start, which is 2:45 p.m.