Hugh Reid, big strapping Irishman, who played his first big league soccer with the Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club in this country and later was affiliated with Philadelphia and Fall River, is back in the fold of the local club, as announced briefly on Wednesday.
In the merry scramble of Philadelphia players hastening to Fall River when the Phillies franchise was declared null and void, Reid looked with longing eyes toward Bethlehem, the first club he played with in this country. He needed but one invitation and then in spite of flattering terms from Fall River and several other formidable American Soccer League clubs, he came post haste to Bethlehem to accept the terms of the local management.
The acquisition of Reid at this time is very fortunate for the backfield department of the team is again badly crippled with injuries. Both Allan and Barrie, suffering with old injuries, are hardly fit for a hard game and such a game is expected when the Brooklyn Wanderers invade the home confines on Saturday afternoon for the second league meeting of the season against the champions.
IT is practically a certainty that after a lapse of two years he will play his first game for the Steelmen against Brooklyn on Saturday.
The champions now have two Reidís on the team, Hugh and Willie, and while they are not brothers or related in any other manner, they are both soccer products of the Emerald Isle. Willie Reid is a left halfback and recognized as one of the best in the American Soccer League.
A rainy week compelled the Steelmen to do all of their training to date indoors but it was hoped that weather would be favorable for at least one big outdoor training spell before meeting Brooklyn.
The weekend schedule is one of the choicest of the season with the Bethlehem-Brooklyn game probably to command the greatest attention. The league leading and contending clubs are paired over the weekend and the results of these games threaten to cause some material change in the club standing. Bethlehem, fourth in the list, is meeting the second place club in Brooklyn; Boston will be battling with the rejuvenated Fall River eleven, while another hot battle certain is the New Bedford-Providence game. A victory for Providence and a defeat for Brooklyn would bring Bethlehem mighty close to the runner up position and within striking distance of Boston.
Boston thus far has been fortunate in that the club has waged very few double headers and to date has played but seven games. On the other hand, Bethlehem with ten games played, including four double headers, had all of their games of the twin bills with one exception in the New England district and practically is through for the time being with its hardest grind. The one exception was Brooklyn, a game played on September 11, and the only game in which Bethlehem finished second best.