Announcement that details had been closed for such a game was made at a meeting of the executive committee of the Bethlehem Booster Club in session at the Bethlehem Hotel at which time plans were outlined to give the Steel men a royal reception when they launch the American Soccer League schedule on Lehigh Field next Saturday afternoon with the strong New Bedford Club as the opponent.
The American Soccer League champions have seven open Sunday dates on the first half of the schedule, and although besieged with invitations to play in Trenton, Baltimore, Scranton and many other cities, the Allentown game was the first considered. "Allentown fans have been loyal to the champions, attending our games regularly," said Manager Easton, "and it is only naturally that the club wants to reciprocate for this patronage. Furthermore, Allentown is entering into a new field of sport in a big scale and anything the league champions can do to encourage the movement the club is glad to assist."
The opening game in Bethlehem promises to be quite a gala occasion in which business men and other civic and fraternal organizations are asked to give a hand. It is likely that Mayor Yeakle will be asked to contribute to the opening festivities by booting the first ball and for the entertainment of the fans prior and during the game there will be music by a band.
The tentative plans outlined at the committee meeting cover the entire season with, however, the festivities attending the opening game emphasized. These arrangements will be definitely decided at a meeting to be held in the Masonic Temple on Tuesday night to which all soccer boosters are urged to attend.
Various other features will be sponsored throughout the season by the Bethlehem boosters. It is planned to again have a drawing for an automobile. Also that instead of keeping the holder of the lucky ticket in suspense to the end of the season the award will be made at quite an appropriate time with Christmas or New Year's Day the time at which the drawing will take place.
The youngsters were also considered when the boosters decided to publish t he photograph of all the players, on the same plan of last season, when one appeared on a day prior to a home game. The boys will be asked to again clip these photographs out of the newspaper, write their name on the clipping and drop it in a box on entering the grounds. Between the halves the player whose photograph is used that week will draw from a hat and the lucky chap will be awarded a soccer ball. All youngsters wearing the booster caps will again be admitted free to all home games. The caps may be purchased for a nominal fee.