Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Thursday, January 9, 1930
A Swing Along Athletic Row
Chance to Make History
The widespread interest focused on the battle royal to be enacted on Lehigh field on Saturday afternoon, when Bethlehem and Fall River tangle in what, in soccer parlance, might be termed the "battle of the year" is reflected in the following typed by Levi Wilcox, soccer expert for the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Bethlehem has a splendid chance of making history on Saturday when they tackle Fall River in the Atlantic Coast series in the Steel Stadium. The New Englanders have not yet met defeat. As a matter of fact, Fall River is the only team in the Coast loop having a clean slate, therefore, it may b e gathered that Bethlehem is facing a tough problem. However, the Steel booters are now playing at the peak. They have defeated e very team in the league with the exception of Fall River. When these teams hooked up in the last battle in the Mark Stadium, the Steelmen held the lead at one stage of the 90 minutes' play, 3-1. The same as it nearly always happens, however, the visiting teams to New England, Bethlehem had played a hard match t he day previous and, of course, were unable to stand the thrilling pace. Everything will be entirely different on Saturday, from a Bethlehem standpoint, as the players will meet their traditional rivals on razor-edge form. Neither team will have the slightest advantage insofar as having competed in a hard match the last few days. All of which indicates that it will prove the battle of the century, one worth traveling miles to witness. In the meantime, the Bethlehem management has instructed the players that they must give the best in them when facing their New England opponents. Should any of the regulars fail to exhibit their proper form, they will be blotted out of the lineup long before the final whistle and their position filled by capable "subs" now drawing down fat pay checks every week from the Bethlehem Soccer Club.""
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club