The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
March 14, 1927 (?)
COATS SOCCER TEAM FAILS TO SHOW UP
Two Steel Teams Play on Elizabeth Ave. Field When Fog Delays Pawtucket Boat
BLUES WIN FROM REDS 3 TO 2

A threatened disappointment was converted into an afternoon of pleasant entertainment, humorous, exciting and clever, on Elizabeth Avenue on Saturday afternoon when two teams of picked players from the ranks of the Bethlehem Steel soccer team waged a battle before several hundred fans. The "Blues" beat the "Reds" 3 to 2.

Coats Team Missing

With weather and field conditions ideal, the Bethlehem management was loath to waste the afternoon and when J & P Coats, the club scheduled to appear for an American Soccer League game, failed to put in its appearance, mustered every player in the squad, together with several products of the local lots and picked two teams.

Boat Reaches N. Y. Late

Probably the most disappointed parties on the field was the team management. The club was in fine fettle and anxious to annex the two points in the league race to clinch the title. The non-appearance of Coats was unavoidable. Leaving Pawtucket, R. I., on the Fall River line, the boat threaded its way through one of the heaviest mists of the year along the New England coast. As a result the boat docked in New York several hours late and unable to make the regular train connections the team was left stranded in the Metropolis.

Manager Easton did service in goal and as a custodian he performed with such ability as to evoke the envy of many of the goalies in the circuit. Another veteran was the congenial Bob Terris who gave as nifty a display as some of the younger blood.

Brown and Gerlach, products of the local lots, were hustled into a uniform and working with the champions, gave promise of developing into great players.

Incidentally it was the Blues that emerged victorious and while the engagement was regarded as an exclusively friendly affair, there were times when the two games seemed quite hostile. Also times when the respective individuals gave their best to outshine their fellow players. Hugh Reid and Andy Rankin were the only Reds to shove the ball past Easton for counters and while Jimmy missed these he stopped plenty. For the Blue's Archie Stark, Tommy Gillespie and Malcolm Goldie each notched a counter.

Reds -- Blues
Galbraith -- G -- Easton
Barrie -- RFB -- Eadie
Allan -- LFB -- Ferguson
Reed - -RHB -- Brown
Carnihan -- CHB -- Raeside
MacGregor -- LHB -- Terri
Gerlach -- OR -- Jaap
Rollo -- IR -- Stark
H. Reid -- CF -- Gillespie
Rankin -- IL -- Forrest
Edwards -- OL -- Goldie
Goals: H. Reid, Rankin, Stark, Gillespie, Goldie. Referee: J. Walders, Philadelphia. Linesmen, Scott and Moffett, Philadelphia. Time of halves, 45 minutes.


1926-1927
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club