The newcomers in the ranks of the Coats eleven have served the desired purpose of bolstering positions that were hopelessly weak last year, and through which Coats was forced to concede many games and points.
The Coats’ defense was especially weak in goal, and for that reason the management after considerable negotiation and out-bidding rival clubs, secured the services of Findlay Kerr, a star between the uprights from Fall River. He is contributing the strength where it is most needed and with the lanky former Bethlehem player assuming the responsibility of custodian, Coats is looking forward to a successful season.
Offensively the team has always been a good scoring combination, possessing a fast, clever and accurate shooting set of forwards. Most prominent on the forward line is Harvey, outside right, who is conceded one of the best wingmen in the league. His mate on the wing is Reid, who also played formerly with Fall River. Bartow, a strong and aggressive player will be at center forward, supported on the left by Adam and McGrain.
The club Bethlehem will field against the Pawtucket eleven will depend on the showing of the players in the big weekly practice. Unfortunately, due to injuries, there are few capable reserves available, so that in all likelihood the team will be much the same as the one which defeated New Bedford in the opening league game on Lehigh field last Saturday afternoon.
Good news was received at the club house this week, when a cablegram announcing that Tom Gillespie, dashing forward, and Dave Edwards, goalie, would sail on September 24 and arrive ready to assume their positions the first week of October. When these two players arrive many of the club’s worries will be over. It is also expected that Carnihan, the big center half, and Barrie, a fullback, will have fully recovered from their injuries and be ready for service.
Thomas Cunningham, of New York City, has been assigned to referee the Bethlehem-Coats game here on Saturday.
The New York Nationals, formerly the Indiana Flooring team, purchased by Charles Stoneham, owner of the New York Giants, threatens to protest the game in which the Nationals were defeated by Providence.
The protest, if it materializes, will be that Providence played an ineligible man in Stevenson, a goalie.
Fall River snared a mighty good forward when Sam Marks negotiated successfully for Graham, former center forward of the United Ulster team, of Canada.
The United Ulster eleven was the only club to score a victory over the touring Scotch team last season. Incidentally, the Ulsters also played a tie game with the Bethlehem team when the latter were on a two game tour to Canada.
Graham played his first game with Fall River last Sunday. It is understood that several other American Soccer League clubs bartered for his services.