The Globe -- Bethlehem
February 6, 1925
Looks Like Archie Was Going to Establish an American Soccer Record This Year

Archie Stark, the Babe Ruth of American soccer looks like establishing a goal scoring record that will probably stand for a long time. Stark has taken part in 29 games this season, in the American League, and one Cup game and has scored 50 goals. The record the Bethlehem star is shooting at is the 59 goals scored by the former Bethlehem favorite, Bob Millar, now a member of the New York Giants. Millar made his record while playing with Bethlehem in the season of 1914-15 but the opposition encountered by the record holder was much inferior to that which Stark has to contend with. At that time Bethlehem was playing in the Allied League of Philadelphia and also took part in the American and National Cups and as many as 16 goals was scored in some of the games. The opposition today is such that any team that scores 16 goals in half a dozen games is maintaining a good average. Stark was a member of the Bethlehem team that toured the Scandinavian countries in the summer of 1919 and his work at that time was of such a high order that Bethlehem was anxious for him to continue in the Steel lineup but he returned to the Eries of Newark. He later became a member of the New York F. C. and last season he was the leading goal scorer in the league. To get a real angle on the goal scoring proclivities of Stark it may be necessary to compare his work with that of former center forwards on the Bethlehem outfit. Harry Ratican scored a lot of goals for Bethlehem, but he never got anywhere near the number registered by Stark. Harold Brittan, now playing with Fall River, previously regarded as the peer of center forwards, is trailing the Bethlehem leader by more than 20 goals. Walter Jackson, Bethlehem center forward last season, and now playing in First Division soccer in Scotland, scored 37 goals for Bethlehem in league, cup and exhibition games.

Stark is the type of player who quickly becomes popular with his teammates. The goal scoring record is the last thing he is thinking about and he is the first to step aside if a team mate is in a better position to take the final shot.

The entire Bethlehem team has confidence in him to register with either head or toe if t here is a possible chance. He is blessed with a powerful physique that enables him to match the ever increasing attentions of opponents. His parting shots are usually low and well directed, and his heading of the ball is probably the best ever seen in American soccer. He is practically a product of the sandlots of Harrison, N. J., as he was only a boy of 15 when he arrived in America from Scotland. Bob Millar's long standing record will surely go in the near future if the popular Stark keeps clear of accident. But to the credit of the Bethlehem leader it can safely be said that the number of goals he scores is the least thing he is thinking about. Victory for Bethlehem is uppermost on his mind when he goes on the field and his teammates know this and they cooperate with him from start to finish of every game.


Dave Carson, the popular and efficient guardian of the citadel for the Bethlehem Steel Company soccer team, is today quietly observing his birthday anniversary.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club