At least four new players, three of which arrived in Bethlehem yesterday, will grace the lineup of the local soccer team during the coming season. Two of the arrivals are inside forwards, one capable of playing either right or left inside, and the third a halfback who is competent to cover any position on that line.
The new men are Alex Massie and John Mulhall, forwards, and John Delaney, a halfback, who joins the team highly reputed as a player. Immediately upon the arrival of the new men they were signed and will start training with the other players today.
Massie, an inside forward, is a first division player, and comes here from the Bury club, of the English League. Each of the other two players starred in the Scottish Intermediate League, a sort of an outlaw loop which includes many players conceded on a par with first division talent. Mulhall, who plays either right or left inside, formerly played with Falkirk, Scottish League first division team and last year was with Fauldhouse United, of the Intermediate League. Delaney also played with the latter club and although he is capable of playing any of the halfback positions he was mostly assigned to right half.
The other new importation is John McGrillen, an Irish Internationalist, who will sail from his home on Saturday. He will return with Willie Reid and McMeekin, both Bethlehem regulars, who spent the summer abroad visiting their homes. It is doubtful if this trio will be back for the opening league games which will be played a week Sunday at Brooklyn and at home on Labor Day.
With three new forwards the team will not be handicapped by the loss of Granger and Goldie, who were transferred to Fall River. McGrillen will most likely be groomed for Goldie's position at left wing. In addition the club will be well fortified on the forward line. Johnny Jaap, who plays inside right as well as he does the outside wing, can double for Tom Gillespie in an emergency. The later, too, is quite capable at center forward, a position he played off and on, and can pinch hit for Archie Stark, should he need an understudy. Both Massie and Mulhall will be available at inside left in addition to Johnny Rollo, the latter a member of last year's team.
The signing of all players is complete with the exception of one. Due to a difference in terms, Dave Edwards, goalie, is still a holdout. However, the management has been busy negotiating for the services of several other men and should Edwards still refuse to sign up to the time the Steelmen launch their season, ample protection is assured in that position.
The team will open the season with an exhibition game on Sunday. In this tilt Bethlehem will oppose the New York Giants on the latter's home grounds at Starlight Park. The league season opens the following week.