Another Championship Stride
Let us turn for the moment from basketball and give an ear to a fracas to be staged on the Polo Grounds on Sunday afternoon when a Bethlehem representative will be one of the principals in the greatest soccer tilt in the history of American soccer. It is the final in the Eastern division for the national soccer championship in which Bethlehem meets Fall River and the survivor of this classic will oppose the survivor of the western division (a Chicago or St. Louis team), in the grand final for the national championship. The mere mention of a cup tie is sufficient to steam up the enthusiasm of the soccer fan. NO greater soccer laurels have ever been annexed than those accomplished by the Bethlehem team. Five times have the home town booters been returned national champions, a record no other club has ever equaled and the nearest approach is Fall River, three times winner of this championship.
Anent the Preliminary
IT is noticed that the cup committee, or at least presumed that it was this committee, have foolishly arranged for two mediocre teams in a preliminary to the cup clash. The arrangement appears quite ridiculous for a game of the importance of the main dish which needs no preliminary or added attraction as a ballyhoo and can serve to no good advantage. For one the committee must gamble with the weather conditions and if the pitch is hard and dry, well and good. On the other hand, should the turf be soft and muddy, nothing less than a churned up, muddy patch will be the condition of the ground for the game that really means something.
Charlie to Toot the Whistle
Remember the cup game between Bethlehem and the New York Giants played in Philadelphia last season? If you do, you will recall that Charlie Creighton, of Brooklyn, tooted the whistle and his tooting was by no means heartily endorsed by the Bethlehem contingent. Well, Sir Charles has received the assignment for the cup final and that announcement is going to cause not a little discomfort among the home town fans. Charlie may have had an off day last year or than again the Bethlehem boys may have been swayed perhaps by a partisan prejudice in taking exception to his work. Creighton is to be on deck on Sunday and that’s all there is to it. In justice to the official it is perhaps wiser to reserve opinion until after the game.