The Globe-Times – Bethlehem
Saturday, December 4, 1926
Bethlehem Steel Will Stay at Top Even if Two Next Games Are Lost

Badly crippled but determined, the Bethlehem soccer booters left last night for Boston and Providence where they have games scheduled over the weekend.

Leaving as league leaders, the Bethlehems are certain to return in that position regardless of the outcome of the games. The lead built up is substantial enough to drop the points in both contests. However, it is the ambition of the Steelmen to improve rather than jeopardize their standing.

Sam Kennedy, a star inside forward with Fall River, will be absent in the lineup of the Marksmen for a month or more. Kennedy is one of this year’s importations. Word received that his two year old child was seriously ill, he made immediate arrangements to return to his home in Scotland. HE was given a month’s leave of absence by the Fall River management.

With the leaving of Kennedy it is learned that Alfred Brown, a Scottish big leaguer, recently arrived in this country will toss his lot with the Fall River team. Brown is an inside forward and played with Greenock Morton, a first division Scottish club. And by the way Bethlehem players formerly associated with Brown in Scotland are Billy Allen, Dave Edwards and Robert MacGregor.

“What is the secret,” writes a Fall River scribe, in throwing bouquets at the Bethlehem soccer team. That 4 to 0 setback suffered by the Marksmen last Saturday apparently did not set any too pretty. The scribe pens:

“What is the secret of success of the Bethlehem Steel team this year? Take a look at its goal scorers against Fall River on Saturday. Outside right, inside right, forward and outside left tallied. A great defense and a goal scoring line of forwards will beat most any team with one goal getter.”

And the above is not maybe.

The Portland Soccer Football Association of Portland, Oregon, established since 1912, has just been accepted into membership by the United States Football Association. The new member of the parent body comprises the following clubs: White feathers, Vikings, Thistles, Rosebuds, German Sports, Celtics, all of Portland, and the Longviews of Longview, Washington. Francis O. Farney, of 181 East Water Street, Portland, Oregon, is the secretary.

IT has been intimated on excellent authority that the famous Celtic Football Club of Glasgow, Scotland, is contemplating a short tour of the United States in the late spring of 1927, immediately after the closing of the Scottish League season which ends on April 30. The American Soccer League season comes to a close on May 15 so that a series of games could be arranged between the team, rich in the traditions of soccer, and the principal clubs of the major professional soccer circuit in this country.

The management, supervision and control of the Hakoah A> C. soccer team, members of the International Soccer League of New York, have passed to the Brooklyn Football Club, Inc., and the Hakoah team in future will operate as the reserve eleven of the Brooklyn Wanderers, also under the management of the Brooklyn Football Club, Inc.

The third round of the qualifying section of the National Challenge Cup competition gets under way over the weekend with four games to be decided in the west and three in the east. The games between Wolfenden Shore of Cardington, Pa., and the Canton S. C., of Baltimore, Md., was advanced one week and resulted in a victory for the Cardington outfit by a 6 to 1 score. The Canton club held their opponents even during the first period of play but in the final period their defense crumpled with the result that the Pennsylvanians crashed the ball into the netting on five occasions.

The mandate issued by the United States Soccer Referees Association, instruction all its members to refrain from officiating in American Soccer League games, was withdrawn by that association at a special meeting held in New York City. The determined stand taken in the matter by the United States Football Association – that no affiliated member of the United States Football Association may reserve to itself the right to initiate steps prejudicial to the interest of another affiliated co-equal body without first referring the matter in dispute to the National Association – was instrumental in causing the Referees’ Association to adopt a “right about face” attitude.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club