The Globe-Times --Bethlehem
May 5, 1927
STEEL FORWARD LINE TO BE REARRANGED
Jaap May be at Center Forward in Boston Game for the First Time
GILLESPIE, STARK ARE HURT

A completely revamped forward line is forecast for the Bethlehem Steel F. C., in which Johnny Jaap, the diminutive and speed outside right, may play the first game of his career at center forward for the league champions in the game against Boston F. C. on Lehigh field on Saturday afternoon.

That such an arrangement is possible was learned today when doubt was expressed relative to starting either Gillespie or Stark, Bethlehem's premier goal scorer, both of whom are nursing leg injuries. Gillespie, injured in the Coats game, did not respond as quickly as expected and although it is not yet positive that he will not be fit, the management is doubtful.

With both Gillespie and Stark on the shelf drastic changes will be necessitated in rigging up a forward line. Should Jaap go to center is more than likely that George Forrest will assume the outside wing with Grange at inside right. The left wing will remain intact with Goldie and Rollo the players. "Jock" Ferguson, the veteran of many grueling campaigns, is also on the boards for the last home game of the season. "Jock" is slated to don his uniform to play a fullback position.

Boston will invade the lair of Bethlehem with its cup winning team intact and in the lineup will include a former old Bethlehem favorite. Tommy Fleming, the white topped outside left possessing the most wicked left foot in the league, is still going strong enough to be listed as one of the best forwards on the Hub forward line and although Tommy is not the high goal scorer of the team, nevertheless, his occasional swerving shot coming off his left boot has decided the issue in favor of Boston in more than one game. Fleming's playmates on the forward line will include Blair, center forward, whose aggressive play has brought him to task on more than one occasion. Yet Blair is the most feared man on the Boston forward line and the reason is evident by the thirty-four goals he scored for his team this season, grabbing the individual honors of third highest scorer in the league. Other forwards who round out a perfect attacking machine are Johnny Ballantyne, inside left, and Neilson, a Swede, who pairs with Alec McNaab on the right wing.

Battles, Priestly and Ballantyne are the halfbacks, while at fullback the choice is hard to make between McArthur, at left.


1926-1927
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club