"Carnihan Day," a most fitting tribute to the scrappy Bethlehem Steel center halfback, is designated for Saturday when the Steel Workers oppose their arch enemy, Fall River, on Lehigh Field, in the opening home game in the American Soccer League grind. Bill is one of the veterans of the team, starting his fifth season with the Bethlehem clan.
A formidable team, the opponent that the champions face is equally as formidable, and one over which no other victory in the league would be so cherished. The game will resolve itself into a battle between champions, an unusual situation and a classic for this early in the season, for Bethlehem aspired to the highest honors attained last season when the National championship was annexed. Fall River came next in order in the distribution of league soccer laurels by winning the league championship.
There is another reason why the opening game will be known as "Carnihan Day." Big Bill will captain the team for the fourth consecutive season. The matter of captaincy was decided t his week and to the unanimous approval of all the players. The usual custom of the club is to have this honor rotate each year, giving some of the other veteran players who merit choice a chance to lead the team. Robert MacGregor, another veteran standby on the halfback line was in line for the appointment but Robert in good grace and in pledging cooperation declined even the mention of captaincy and heartily endorsed his coworker for the captaincy.
Fall River will invade Bethlehem with a bevy of new players. However, there were enough of last year's team kept to retain the usual color. Sam Marks, manager of the Fall River team, has spared neither expense nor effort in scouting for talent and in the array of new men sporting the Fall River colors lays claim to players who are incomparable.
It is practically certain that the nucleus of the visiting club will include many of the veterans who carried the team through to the national championship last year. There are exceptions when new men are certain for an assignment. One of these is in goal where Dave Edwards is the certain choice. The other is at a fullback position in which either Dave Eadie or Jim Barrie will get the assignment.
The field has been put in excellent condition and with favorable weather patrons can expect a game which as is sure to materialize when two champions get together. The kickoff will be promptly at 3 o'clock.