Bleachers and ring removed on the former Bethlehem Steel athletic field, the grounds will be back to normal condition for the soccer practice started by the Bethlehem team for the league game against J & P Coats, of Pawtucket, R. I> here next Saturday.
Local fans are looking forward to this game with keen anticipation, realizing that the success of the team in the league race will depend largely on the showing made by the locals against the Pawtucket Threadmakers.
Bethlehem, with a somewhat patched up lineup, had a real game against Brooklyn last Sunday when the team was defeated on a penalty kick by the score of 1 to 0. Although the locals more than held their own in that game, the stamina of the players more or less petered out in the final half. Brooklyn had the advantage of having played four or five pre-season exhibition games while the only pre-season training for Bethlehem was one exhibition game against the New York Giants.
In Coats, the Bethlehem aggregation will meet one of the strongest teams in the league. The acquisition of several new players has given Coats followers hopes of coming through for some of the major league honors this season. The strength of the Threadmakers is best forecast by the success of the team in the two league games played and in which they drew with New Bedford and then defeated Providence, a club that defeated Fall River.
One week of training will probably fit the speedy Irishman for his debut as a member of the Bethlehem team.
Willie Reid, right halfback, who spend the summer in his native home of Ireland, is returning with McGrillen and notified the club that they are ready to leave Canada.
Coats created quite a sensation by the showing made in the opening league games.
A dangerous club at all times, it is understood that the Pawtucket Threadmakers are much stronger than they were last year.
Brooklyn has announced that Dave MacMillan, a fullback, is on the transfer list.
This announcement will hardly interest Bethlehem for with Jock Marshall in the fold the personnel of the club is completed with a staff of fullbacks second to no other in the league.
The locals will have a comparatively easy weekend. Playing Coats here on Saturday the management will not have to be sparing the fielding the strong club possible for the team is without a game for Sunday.