The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Tuesday, December 18, 1928
Will Try and Avenge Defeat Experienced at Hands of Bethlehem Booters

Stinging under reverses experienced in three meetings with the Bethlehem team in the Eastern Soccer League campaign, another hot battle is in store for home soccer fans here on Saturday afternoon when the crack Hakoah All-Stars invade Bethlehem to regain the prestige lost by those defeats.

The visiting delegation will bring to Bethlehem a fighting Jewish organization, reinforced by the addition of a recent acquisition in Mahrer, a halfback who recently arrived from Austria and played with the team in its victory over the New York Giants last Sunday.

The Bethlehem team is the only one the All-Stars have as yet failed to defeat in the Eastern Soccer League. In fact, it is the three games that Bethlehem won that is keeping Hakoah down in the club standing and incidentally keeping the New York Giants in the race as a championship contender.

Realizing that Hakoah will present a team at full strength since an easy game is scheduled for Sunday, the local management has sent out an S. O. S. for reserve talent to take the place of the injured men. The management is especially desirous in securing a fullback and has wired clubs in Montreal and Toronto for the services of players. In reply to a telegram Ulster United, one of the leading clubs in Canada, paid Bethlehem a high compliment with the reply "players of the type Bethlehem is seeking are hard to find."

Some of the injured men are rounding into fairly good shape but there are others who are most certain to be among the missing. Willie Reid, halfback, scheduled to star in the game last Saturday was suddenly taken ill and is still confined to his bed. With the loss of Reid it is also very doubtful whether Tommy Gillespie, flashy wing forward, will be able to start on the forward line.

There was some encouraging response to the drastic treatment some of the players are undergoing and of these Bob MacGregor, idle last Saturday, and "Bill" Carnihan, who played under the stress of injury, are said to be rounding into good physical shape. Most concern is felt over the halfback vacancy, the fullback position vacated by Allan and the outside wing job which is held down by Reid.

Johnny Rollo has proven quite versatile and very capable in the various positions he has been called upon to play and it is more than likely that the game on Saturday Rollo will start at Reid's position at left halfback.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club