The New Bedford team certainly lived up to its title of New England champion, and it is safe to say that it will go a long way in the National Cup competition this year.
All the players came out of Saturday's grueling contest in fairly good condition and will start special training this week for next Saturday's American Cup game with the strong Disston team, Philadelphia, which will be played on the new athletic field.
The Philadelphia club will run a special train to Bethlehem next Saturday, and not only will the Disston fans be on hand to root for their favorites, but many soccer fans from Philadelphia will also be in town on that day.
The biggest crowd of the season turned out on Saturday and witnessed one of the hardest and best played games this year.
Trainer Machen is working hard on players Ratican and Butler and expects to have them in condition for next Saturday's cup game.
The New Bedford players and officials were entertained by the Bethlehem Steel Co. athletic committee, and on Saturday morning were taken on a tour in automobiles around Sayre park, and the Bethlehems after which they were shown through the steel works.
Several high officials in soccerdom were present at the game Saturday. John L. Fernley, president, United States Football Association; Albert W. Keane, chairman National Cup committee, and W. W. Williamson, secretary Southern New England league. All were highly pleased with the game and greatly impressed with the fine grounds and handsome grandstand.