The Globe Bethlehem
Wednesday, August 27, 1924
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Off to Boston For Initial Tilt
Friday at noon the Bethlehem Steel soccer team minus the services of the Jackson brothers, forwards, and Davy Ferguson, a fullback, will board a train here en route for Boston, Mass., where on Saturday afternoon the Steel Workers will engage in the opening tilt of the season. The game, against the newly organized Boston Club and likewise a club recently admitted to the American Soccer League, should prove an interesting attraction and one in which the merits of the new club will be brought out. In spite of the absence of the three players above referred too, Bethlehem will present a very formidable lineup. Davy Ferguson is at present en route to America and is expect to arrive on September 2. As for the Jacksons who are in Scotland, presumably on a visit, nothing has yet been heard of their intentions of returning although word is expected daily.

Soccer Leagues Getting Down to Business
Even though agreements do automatically expire at the close of a playing seasons, clubs affiliated with the American Soccer League do not take kindly to the jumping of players. There is no written agreement that is known of, but it is understood that a verbal understanding in that regard has been reached which is as iron clad as a written agreement. This became apparent when Tommy Fleming, former Bethlehem Steel wingman, decided that two seasons had been long enough with the J & P Coats aggregation and in deciding on a change of climate affiliated with the Boston Club. That is, he thought he did until Pawtucket registered a kick and the league upheld the protest. Now Fleming must play with Pawtucket if he intends to remain in the circuit, unless the Boston management comes across with a transfer price demanded by the Pawtucket management. It is gratifying to note that the American Soccer League means business. Clubs may waive on their players, release outright, or agree to transfer, but the day of jumping from one club to another is past in the American Soccer League circuit.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club