With elaborate and entertaining festivities to be feature with what promises to be the hardest fought soccer game this season, the Bethlehem Steel soccer club will celebrate its glide last season to the American Soccer League championship on Lehigh Field on Saturday afternoon with a pennant raising.
In recognition of the soccer honors brought back to Bethlehem, civic, fraternal and other organizations will participate in the celebration and it is expected that the biggest crowd in years will be present to lend their support in the game against Boston and pay tribute to a team that has won more soccer laurels than any other in the country.
The Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club has twice won the American Soccer League championship, having previously won it during the season 1921-22 when playing under the name of Philadelphia. In addition cup honors have been frequent. The championship is on the same plane as the major league baseball championship because the American Soccer League is the major organization of soccer in the United States.
The Bethlehem Booster Club have been very active in arranging for the pre-game festivities and will have charge of this end of the program. The ceremonies will commence with a parade to start at the Hotel Bethlehem, and comprising the City Band of Bethlehem, the National Guard, a supply of automobiles and an escort of mounted police.
The parade will continue along Main Street to Broad, up Broad to Center Street and out Center to the field where appropriate flag raising ceremonies will be performed.
The two clubs will parade from the club quarters to the flag pole, when the American flag and the league championship pennant will be raised. The pennant is suitably engraved with “Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club, 1926-27, League Champions.” The flag raising will be in charge of Eugene Collins, vice president of the Bethlehem Soccer Boosters. Claude M. Stauffer, president of the organization will be in charge of the music at the flag raising and during the parade.
Although the game will not be started until 3 o’clock, the gates will be thrown open at 1 o’clock. Realizing the interest manifest in the World’s Series, the Boosters have not overlooked an accommodation and to satisfy the baseball fans a radio will be installed to keep the fans supplied with all baseball news.
Both Tom Gillespie and Dave Edwards, popular members of the Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club, will make their debut in American Soccer League campaigning for this season, on Saturday afternoon.
Dave Edwards returns to the lineup to take charge of his old position between the uprights while Tom Gillespie, the dashing center forward and leading club goal scorer last year will be at that position. It was believed that McConnell would be retained at center forward for this game but apparently the management were of the opinion that the goal scoring possibilities would be increased by using McConnell at an inside berth for this is his assignment, paired off with Archie Stark. The speedy Goldie and Jaap, the smallest members of the team, will be in their regular positions on the outside wings.
IN contrast with Bethlehem’s galaxy of stars will be the coterie of celebrities the Boston club will field. Through the acquisition of several new men, the Boston club was greatly strengthened which is readily apparent by their undefeated stride thus far in the league campaign. In Battles and MacArthur, the Hubmen have a big and strong pair of backs while the halfbacks, McIntyre, Priestly and R. Ballantyne rank as the best in the league.
The club is evenly balanced with a fast clever and aggressive forward line on which Blair, at center, is the scoring ace. McNab, with the club […] season and Neilson make up the right wing while J. Ballantyne […] will be on the left side.
Boston – Bethlehem
Davidson – G – Edwards
Battles – RFB – Barrie
MacArthur – LFB – McMeekin
McIntyre – RHB – McDonald
Priestly – CHB – Carnihan
R. Ballantyne – LHB – MacGregor
McNab – OR – Jaap
Neilson – IR – Stark
Blair – CF – Gillespie
J. Ballantyne – IL – McConnell
Burness – OL – Goldie
Referee: James Walder
The weekend league schedule follows: