With Bethlehem topping the American Soccer League interest in the steel city is running rampant for the big holiday bill in which the Steel Workers meet the fast traveling Philadelphia F. C., on Lehigh Field, Christmas Day afternoon. The kickoff has been changed to 2:45 o’clock.
Fair weather and a fast field assures one of the best games this season as the Phillies, playing a style similar to that of Bethlehem, having combined speed, science and aggressiveness in their tactics and will come on to Bethlehem pepped with confidence and fresh from their victory over Fall River last Saturday afternoon.
With no conflicting attractions Bethlehem sports followers will welcome this game. Incidentally it is understood that the Quaker dribblers will be accompanied here by a large delegation of fans.
While the Philadelphia team has succeeded in defeating Fall River twice this season the team has yet to stop the winning pace of the league leaders. Only once previously have these two clubs met and that was on a Quaker pitch where the Phillies are par excellent in their display of soccer. Those who witnessed that game will recall that although Bethlehem won the game, 2 goals to 1, the Phillies had the national champions with their backs to the wall on more than one occasion.
No laurels are more cherished than those garnered in victory over the National champions and for that reason local fans see soccer at its best when visiting clubs come here. There is even greater significance attached if a visiting club can down the champions on their home field, a feat that has seldom been accomplished. With that in mind and a revamped club in good physical condition, the Phillies can be expected to give their all in hopes of realizing their greatest ambition of victory.
Out around the Bethlehem headquarters matters are still in doubt relative to the starting club. However, with the big practice this afternoon the management will be in better position to select the team. It is more than likely that Bill Allan will be back at right fullback and be in the game to travel the entire route. Allan is seemingly none the worse for his recent injury and with him on the defense the Philadelphia front liners are going to find a hard man to beat. Either Eadie or Barrie will be paired with the dashing Allan.
The center half line will be intact with the celebrated veterans – Carnihan, McDonald and MacGregor – at their regular posts. It is the forward line where speculation is rife. Stark is certain not to play. Incidentally Johnny Rollo will make his first home debut in a good many weeks. He got back into harness over the last weekend and impressed strongly with his brilliant work at inside right. Forrest will probably be the other inside forward with Jaap and Goldie on the outside wings. If Gillespie is able to make the grade after the bumps he received last weekend he will be at the center forward position. If not it is not determined who will be played in that position.