The game that all soccer fans have been anxiously awaiting and one quite appropriate prior to the opening of the Bethlehem Boosters soccer circus to be held in the Coliseum, South Side, will be played on Lehigh Field, the home grounds of the Bethlehem Steel F. C., on Saturday afternoon when Sam Marks brings his Fall River contingent of booters to this city. This will be the first meeting of the season between these two rivals and will bring together a league champion in Bethlehem Steel against the National champions Fall River.
That Bethlehem will be well fortified with players and able to field its strongest club is assured with the announcement that the Steelmen have signed a new back, a recent arrival in this country, in the person of Hugh McLaughlin, a former Scottish star. McLaughlin played with the Queen of the South team, a second division Scottish club. He arrived in Bethlehem yesterday and will immediately start practice to shake off his sea legs. Physically he is ideally built for a back, standing 5 feet 11 inches and weighing in the neighborhood of 180 pounds.
The newcomer to the ranks of the Steelmen will most likely be seeing action against the Marksmen on Saturday. It is quite probable that he will be paired with Billy Allan, while Whitey McDonald will go back to his halfback position and complete this line of veterans with Bill Carnihan and Robert MacGregor. Barrie, one of the regular backs, it is understood, will be on the sidelines for another two or three weeks. However, McMeekin, who was injured is thoroughly recovered and ready for service.
While the management has not attempted to select tentative lineup, it is practically certain that Dave Edwards, star goalie, will be back between the uprights in the Fall River game. Edwards, sustaining a painful leg injury several weeks ago, is again pronounced fit and is anxious to get back into the lineup against the National champions.
An important meeting of the league will be held at Providence on Wednesday night. At this meeting the now famous Stevens case will be aired among other important matters.