The Globe-Times – Bethlehem
Wednesday, September 14, 1927
Bethlehem Steel to Field Same Lineup That Defeated New Bedford

The Bethlehem Steel soccer team goes to bat in another American Soccer League game on the home field on Saturday afternoon with J & P Coats of Pawtucket, R. I., the opponent. The game will be the third league encounter of the season for Bethlehem and against an opponent that survived the opening games over the last weekend without a defeat. The Threadmakers are one of the five clubs topping the circuit with a perfect average.

In Coats the Bethlehem machine will meet another formidable league opponent, a club that is more intact with last year’s stars than any other team in the loop. Among the booting celebrities who will be seen in action for the visitors is Johnny Harvey, conceded to be one of the best outside rights in the league, and Johnny Reid, a forward, who formerly starred with Fall River.

Kerr With Visitors

The visit of Coats will bring to Bethlehem a former Bethlehem player and a popular favor during his time with the local team. He is Findlay Kerr, sensational goalie, who after several seasons of brilliant work with Fall River was transferred to the Threadmakers at the start of this season.

It is possible that Bethlehem will be forced to field much the same team which appeared and defeated New Bedford in the opening league game here last Saturday. Although the club usually has a raft of players capable to fill in at the respective positions, injuries have depleted the ranks severely. Carnihan and Barrie are both on the mend but are not expected to be available to play their positions on Saturday. Allan and McMeekin will most likely be the backs while Willie Reid, the sturdy Irishman will assume Carnihan’s position at center halfback.

Playing Johnny Granger, a forward, against Brooklyn last Sunday may cause the club to lose his services for the greater part of the season IN practice the week previous to the game Granger sprained his back. This injury was aggravated to such an extent that after the first half of the Brooklyn game he required medical attention and was brought home suffering excruciating pain. Since then he has been confined to bed with chances of remaining there for some time.

However, with the team that represented Bethlehem in the opening game, the league champions are fielding a formidable crew and one that will go to the post fresh after a week’s rest. The kickoff will be promptly at 3 o’clock.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club