The Globe -- Bethlehem
Thursday, September 24, 1925
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Hands Off, New Soccer Edict
An agreement has been reached reads a news dispatch, between the Scottish Football Association and the ruling body of the United States regarding migratory players, it was announced at a meeting of the Scottish Association. In the future clubs in the United States will not approach or sign registered professional players of the Scottish Clubs without first consulting with the club. Players on the retained lists of league clubs come in under this agreement.

All Bunk, the General Belief
That the story above referred to as emanating from Scotland is all bunk is the opinion of American Soccer League managers and if the United States Football Association has made such an agreement they committed nothing less than suicide by doing it. Scotland became very much perturbed with the raft of first division players migrating to this country and particularly in the last year have protested vigorously. The very matter was informally discussed last year and it was generally agreed not to recognize players signed up for the current season. And at that the majority of managers in the American Soccer League were even opposed to such an understanding. The attitude of the Americans in regard to migrating players was forwarded to the Scottish Football Association, explaining very explicitly that no official action was taken.

Disregarded an American Agreement
Sentiment in American soccer ranks is not inclined to recognize the restrictions on the signing of players and in basing an argument refer to a little incident which occurred the season before last when the Bethlehem club was the victim and the Scottish Football Association completely ignored a signed agreement. The case we have referenced to is that of the Jacksons, Alex and Walter, whose sudden departure on the eve of the opening of the American Soccer League season, left Bethlehem in dire straits. The Jacksons were both signed by the Bethlehem club and left for Scotland presumably on a visit. Agreement or no agreement, Aberdeen, a first division Scottish Club, welcomed the Jacksons back into the fold and not a word of protest was made by the Scottish Association. However, with the shoe on the other foot there is a big squawk coming from the other side of the pond.

American League Clubs Opposed to Any Agreement
Catch-as-catch-can is the attitude generally throughout the American Soccer League in regards to snaring big league players from the other side of the pond and although they have been careful not to tamper with players under contract for the current season have disregarded all transfer rights. To enter into an agreement with the Scottish Football Association without the sanction of the American Soccer League would undoubtedly cause another split with the U. S. F. A. The latter recently conceded to the demands of the American League in establishing a harmonious relation with the warring body and before any official action could be taken the league with its direct representation would be entitled to a voice. Speaking of the incident, a local soccer enthusiast expressed an opinion that "it would be nothing less than suicide for the U. S. F. A. to go ahead and make such an agreement without consulting the American League." From a representative of the Bethlehem Club, the news dispatch was scouted as being true.

Hard Put In Handling Players
The rapid development of soccer in America and the demand for players of the highest caliber has caused no end of worry to soccer interests across the pond. America's efforts to put across soccer were treated lightly in the infant stages but has gradually commanded recognition and today the activities in this country are causing the foreign associations no end of concern. The Scottish Football Association would no doubt gladly accept some sort of a working agreement where ten or fifteen years ago it is hardly possible that any such demand from the other side would have been recognized. Players are taking advantage of the rapid strides of the dribbling game in this country and have taken a tumble in holding out for bigger salaries with a threat to migrate to America in deriving their end. Little wonder the Scots want a working agreement.


1925-1926
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club