Two new players that are expected to strengthen the Bethlehem Steel Soccer team considerably were added to the club today and will undoubtedly see action Saturday afternoon when the Steel booters journey to Brooklyn for an exhibition game with Brooklyn on Ebbetts Field. The new acquisitions are Dave Edwards and Gillespie, both former Scottish players.
Edwards comes to the Steel team as goal keeper, while Gillespie, a right wing forward will compete with Jaap and Granger for a forward position. Edwards once sported the colors of the Scottish First League across the waters and is a former team mate of MacGregor and Allen, Steel players. Last year he played with the Greenock Morton club and established a reputation as a dependable guardian. His addition to the Steel team is expected to eliminate the management of much worry regarding a capable goal, a position at which Bethlehem has been weak at times. Edwards has already reported for practice and although it is early to voice predictions, his record as a Scottish player marks him a valuable addition for Bethlehem.
Gillespie found his way to these parts through Walter Jackson, one time luminary of the Steel team, with whom Gillespie kicked around while both were sporting the colors of the Preston North End club, an English outfit, last year. Jackson is said to have harped about Bethlehem so frequently in his conversations that Gillespie decided to come here. The result is the Steel team comes in possession of a soccer player capable of playing with the brilliant Walter Jackson. Gillespie, according to the management, will mean much toward bracing the forward line and will be particularly valuable in these positions this season when the Steelmen are scheduled to play many double headers over weekends. He is capable of playing both the inside and outside wings and when the regular forwards are being rested up can be used to advantage in their positions.
Both will accompany the team to Brooklyn Saturday when their performances will be watched with much interest from the local end. The game has been arranged as a practice tilt, preparatory to the regular league opening September 11. Bethlehem plays the first game September 12, when it meets the Newark club at Newark.