The Globe-Times - Bethlehem
May 17, 1927
James McConnell, Former Scottish Soccer Star, to be on Forward Line

A step in revamping the forward line of the Bethlehem Steel Soccer team to increase the goal scoring possibilities is forecast in the recent action of the management in signing James McConnell, last season with the Providence Club, and regarded as one of the most dangerous goal scoring forwards in the American League. The negotiations for the transfer were satisfactorily arranged with Sam Fletcher, Manager of the Providence club and former Bethlehem Steel player. All the details to make McConnell a member of the Bethlehem machine have been attended to and it is probable that the former Providence star will be seen in action with the league champions in several of the post-season exhibition games to be played.

McConnell is a product of Scotland, and experienced by quite a few years of active participation in the sport. He is about twenty-eight years of age and is the bustling type of forward. Negotiations for his acquisition were pending for several weeks for Fall River as well as other clubs were bartering with the management for his services. However, sentiment probably prevailed in spite of the keen rivalry developed in recent years and when disposition was made Fletcher could not turn down his former teammates.

Injury was more pronounced during the season closed than any previous year. From early season until late one or more players were indisposed with about the best period of time when the club was intact along about mid-season. Every department was crippled but in spite of this condition the club shared in the big honors by winning the American Soccer League championship.

Tom Gillespie, playing his first season with the club, developed into a star and opinion throughout the circuit ranked him as one of the best centers in the league. Gillespie concluded the season as Bethlehem's chief goal getter following closely by Archie Stark who was shifted from center forward to inside right. The new arrangement will probably see McConnell at the pivot position flanked by Stark and Gillespie at he inside berths.

It is hardly wise to predict at this early date what the arrangement will be for next season for much can happen in a way to change plays between now and the time when the American Soccer League launches its 1927-1928 campaign.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club