After fourteen years of active soccer service, Jack Rattray, popular and well-liked member of the Bethlehem Steel F. C. bid "fare-thee-well" to the game on Saturday afternoon when he left this country for his native heath, Scotland, where upon his arrival he will enter business.
The going of Rattray brings to a close a most brilliant soccer career and in his leaving the sport loses one of the finest characters that ever dribbled a ball.
Rattray leaves Bethlehem with the best wishes of his many friends, coworkers on the Bethlehem Steel team and most particularly the best wishes of the club management. His home is at Cowdenheath, Scotland.
When actively engaged in the sport Rattray was one of the versatile type of players. He was equally effective on the halfback line as he was among the forwards, and frequently alternated in the positions of right halfback and inside right. The twelve years before coming to America, he was associated with the Falkirk and Raith Rovers, both first division Scottish League clubs. His career might have been far more extensive but for the time during the war when he served in the British army as a member of a Scottish regiment.
Two years ago Rattray came to Bethlehem and associated himself with the Bethlehem Steel team. His varied experience made him a valuable member of the squad and when William G. Stark resigned as trainer of the club to assume supervising duties on the athletic staff at Bethlehem high School, Rattray succeeded him. In this capacity he was at all times capable of filing a position when necessary. His last trip with the Bethlehem team was Saturday a week ago when he accompanied the club to Boston for an exhibition game.
However, his last game with the Bethlehem steel team will be one long to be remembered. That was last year in the final of the American Cup competition when at the last minute, Rattray was selected to substitute for Turner, the latter being injured, against Fall River. The only goal scored in that game, and the one that brought victory to the Steel Workers in this classic, came off the toe of Rattray. Since the American Cup competition has been abandoned insofar as the Bethlehem Steel is concerned, the success of Rattray in that game will be inscribed boldly in the annals of Bethlehem Steel soccer.
Several weeks ago Mrs. Rattray left for Scotland instructed by her husband to locate a business if possible. Early last week Rattray received word that Mrs. Rattray had been successful. Last Friday night he was tendered a farewell reception by his teammates and the club and as a token of esteem was presented with a beautiful diamond stickpin. On Saturday, sailing on the steamship Cameronia, he bid farewell to American shores.
Jock Ferguson veteran member of the Bethlehem Steel team, whose days of active service are rapidly hearing a close but who still is capable of filing in when needed, succeeds Rattray as trainer of the club.