The Globe -- Bethlehem
Wednesday, March 24, 1926
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Completely Outclassed Cup Rivals
While inclined to believe that the Bethlehem fan whose vividly described the Coats-Bethlehem cup game and pronounced that the performance there was "not even a comparison between the two teams," might have been influenced slightly by a partisan attitude, the writer is now convinced, after noting the comments on the game in the Providence Journal of Monday's issue that the fan was not nearly emphatic enough in spilling the praises of the home team. "Steelmen Prove Far Superior to Rivals," is the caption of a detailed account of the game in which the following excerpts will no doubt be of interest to the Steel team rooters:

"Showing marked superiority in each and every department of soccer play, a well groomed Bethlehem Steel eleven, after a scoreless first half, rode rough shod over J & P Coats football unit in the second 45 minutes of the Eastern U. S. F. A. cup final and breezed through to a 3 to 1 victory, with the Pawtucket outfit running a rather poor second at the last shrill blast of Referee Bloom's whistle.

"Although the Hibbertsmen stepped neck and neck with their conquerors in the first half, during which period of play neither team was able to score, the classy team play of the invaders soon asserted itself following intermission.

"On the run of the game, Bethlehem well deserved the honors, the Steel workers having by far the better combination of the two teams, and, but for some stellar work by the veteran Sandy Parke, the Bethlehem score might have been considerably increased. Parke pulled off a number of gallant saves, and braved serious injury on more than one occasion by preserving his goal after being swept off his feet and to the ground by the fury of the Bethlehem attack. However, no goalie in the land could have stemmed the Bethlehem attack yesterday.

"The wizard forwards in Blue were passing the Coats halfback line as if the three men clad in Red and White were standing stock still, and, on many occasions, fullbacks Stevenson and Allen found themselves unable to check the advance of the victory mad men of Bethlehem. The goals that beat Parke would have defeated very nearly any citadel guardian in the game. Two of the tallies were finely executed by the Bethlehem outside wingmen, and the other went through no fault of the hard pressed Parke.

Echoes From Rival Camp
Praise is well deserved when it emanates from a rival camp and the echoes drifting out of Fall River more than corroborate the opinion of the Providence critic in the superiority of the Bethlehem team. In fact the Fall River scribblers are probably even more emphatic in pronouncing the superiority of the Bethlehem clan and intimate that if the team dispenses the same play there is no question as to where the Dewar trophy, emblematic of the National Championship will rest for the season 1926. An excerpt taken from the comments appearing in the Fall River Globe reads:

"Completely outplayed in every department of the game, Coats, conquerors of Boston, went down to defeat before the Bethlehem Steel machine in the Eastern final for the National cup. It was a crushing defeat. The core by no means indicates how completely the Threadmen were outplayed. The showing of the Pawtucketers against the Pennsylvanians was a keen disappointment for their followers. Yesterday, however, Coats were outplayed, outgamed, out-generaled and out-scored by a superior club. Bethlehem deserved the victory and should have little trouble winning the grand final if it plays the caliber of soccer shown yesterday. The match was too one-sided to be really interesting. Had Bethlehem been able to land any of the breaks the score would have been three times as large as the final count. The much touted miracle team of Bill Hibbert creaked and fell apart."

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club