The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Thursday, November 1, 1928
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Mr. Scott's Mistake
Attention is called to an article appearing in a Boston newspaper in which Dave Scott, secretary of the American Soccer League, lauds the loyalty and efforts of Nat Agar, manager and owner of the Brooklyn Wanderers, since the inception of the American Soccer League. In doing so Mr. Scott reveals a woeful ignorance of the inception of the American Soccer League, of which he is now active executive. For his enlightenment, let's recall a bit of soccer history. The league was organized in 1921 and of the present clubs comprising the circuit Coats, of Pawtucket, is now the only original member. Brooklyn had a club, the Todd Shipyards, with which Mr. Agar was in no manner identified. It was not until the season of 1923-24 that Agar was admitted as a member. The first president of the league was W. L. Lewis and T. W. Cahill was the secretary. The original members of the league were: Philadelphia (then Bethlehem playing in that city); Fall River United (not represented by Sam Marks, present owner); New York (represented by Vandeweghe and Magee); Harrison (represented by John Brown, of Newark); Brooklyn (Todd Shipyard, Agar not connected); Holyoke (Falcos, of Holyoke, Mass.); Jersey City, N. J. From the above lineup it is readily evident that Mr. Agar had no connection whatever with the league.

Distorted Facts
Mr. Scott in the same article intimates that overtures were made to Agar to enter his team in the new Eastern Soccer League. Representatives of the latter organization emphatically deny that such overtures were made or even thought of. Instead it is said that the new league is pledged that neither Agar, along with some other individuals, can become associated with the league in any respect as clubs, stockholders, or office holders. That doesn't sound so good for Mr. Agar. Much of the present soccer controversy is attributed to Mr. Agar's activities.

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