The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
May 18, 1927
League Champions Are Guests of Booster Club at Hotel Bethlehem.
W. L. Lewis is Chairman

The Bethlehem Steel soccer team, champion of the American Soccer League, was the guest of the Bethlehem Booster Club at a testimonial dinner and dance held at the Hotel Bethlehem on Tuesday night. Together with the entire squad of players were a number of invited guests who enjoyed a very pleasant and entertaining evening.

The Bethlehem Booster Club was organized at the start of the season recently closed. The main object was to stimulate the moral support of the Bethlehem team, increase the attendance at the home games and assist in any other way that their services might be utilized to the development of soccer in Bethlehem. That their efforts have not been for naught was intimated when speakers briefly referred to the activities of the Boosters told of the material increase in attendance at the home games over that of last year.

During the dinner the guests were entertained with music by Wohlbach's Harmony Kings and quite a number of Scotch songs by James Bell. These and other selections went across with a bang as did the vocal selections contributed to the program by the Dixie Boy Quartet. In reference to the entertainers it might not be amiss at this time to refer to them as devout boosters who on more than one occasions during the season contributed their services to various functions sponsored by the Bethlehem Boosters in support of soccer.

Dr. Robinson Speaks

Rev. James Robinson, introduced by W. L. Lewis, toastmaster, as "the spiritual advisor and a devout enthusiast of the sport," was the first speaker, and prefaced his remarks with congratulations to the players in wining the American Soccer League championship. He compared the personnel of the Bethlehem Club with that of others and stressed the gentlemanly conduct of the team on and off the field.

With a dance to follow the list of speakers was severely curtailed and while not limited as to time the remarks of the toastmaster indicated that the "boys" might get restless and the speakers heeded the hint. William H. Scott, president of the South Side Businessmen's Association, admitted that he had recently been converted a soccer fan and now thoroughly enjoyed the game. "Billy", who is active in any enterprise which involves civic pride, spoke encouragingly of the support the team will receive and referred to numerous remarks he had overheard at the Bethlehem-Hakoah game which indicated that many who attended that game had witnessed their first soccer clash and were much impressed with the sport.

Eugene Collins, the impetus behind the Booster Club, was called upon, and spoke briefly of the activities of the Boosters, what they did this year and what they hope to do next year. He was proud of the cooperation of the Booster members and satisfied that the first year theirs was a work well done.

A big and pleasant surprise for the players was held in reserve until all the speakers had been called when W. L. Lewis of the Bethlehem Steel team, referred to the numerous medals and other individual trophies received by Bethlehem players in the past and that "the Scotchman, of course, expecting something," the management had decided something novel as a gift of esteem and recognition in winning the American Soccer League championship. His witty remarks in introducing the players individually as they sauntered forth to the speakers table for the presentation evoked much merriment and perhaps a little discomfiture among some who sauntered forth for his gift.

Last year on the occasion of winning the National Cup championship each of the players were presented with a handsome gold watch. This year it was a beautiful diamond ring. The players who received them were: William Allan, James B. Barrie, John Granger, Robert MacGregor, Malcolm Goldie, Andy Rankin, John Jaap, Johnny Rollo, Tom Raeside, Arthur Robertson, Robert Terris, Arch Stark, Dave Edwards, George Forrest, George McDonald, Tom Gillespie, William Reid, Dave Eadie, William Carnihan, John Ferguson and Manager James Easton.

A dance program followed the dinner.

The list of guests was as follows: William Allan, Miss Ashcroft, James Barrie, Mrs. James Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. T. I. Bieber, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Bigge, Mr. and Mrs. William Carnihan, Oliver Cochrane, Miss Agnes Cunningham, Miss Elizabeth Cunningham, Mrs. Eugene Collins, Mr. and Mrs. V. U. Chamberlin, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Coffey, Gavin Crawford, Harry Carpenter, Michael Dickson, Louis Evans, James E[. . . ], Andrew Eastin, David Eadie, David Edwards, George Forrest, Mr. and Mrs. William Fulmer, H. B. Farquhar, George Feilbach, Thomas Gillespie, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Goldie, Murray Galbraith, Mr. and Mrs. John Granter, Mr. and Mrs. John Gillespie, Miss Dorothy Gillespie, Miss Marietta Gillespie, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Grube, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Hanssen, Mr. and Mrs. James Hart, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Highfield, Mr. and Mrs. John Jaap, Thomas Kiefer, Mrs. W. L. Lewis, V. A. Lewis, William Lewis, Floyd Litz, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Moyer, Mr. and Mrs. Rees Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCurley, Joseph McCarron, Robert McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Robert McGregor, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nonnemacher, John Nicholson, Miss Sarah B. Nicholson, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Paten, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pepper, Miss Petrie, Miss Lucille Phillips, Miss Victoria Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rush, Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Richman, William Reiner, Andrew Rankin, Andrew Robertson, John Rollo, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Raeside, Miss Ritter, William Reid, Elmer Schwechton, Mr. and Mrs. William Stark, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Schafer, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Stark, Miss Stevenson, William Sheridan, Mrs. William Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas, Bob Terris, Miss M. Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. W[. . . ], Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Weir, Miss Willey, Mrs. H. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Young.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club