The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Thursday, December 27, 1928
Locals Booters Meet Centennials Here on Saturday and Newark New Year's Day

Away from hone on Christmas Day, the Bethlehem soccer team will play before a home-town crowd on New Year's Day, according to an announcement made today by the Eastern Soccer League. In doling out the holiday attractions Bethlehem secured the Newark club for that date.

In the meantime Bethlehem will play two games over the weekend, and the first of which will be at home on Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Centennials and the second against Hispano in New York on Sunday.

It is certain that the local booters will again have to field a revamped club this week, but if the team can tide over these games without adding to the injured list prospects are fairly bright of getting all of the injured veterans back in harness a week later.

Impressed with the showing of some of the local talent several Lehigh Valley Leaguers will again wear the white and blue of the home club an din all probability will be retained for the remainder of the season.

Although not definitely assured it is probable that Gerlach, left wing forward of the Wanderers, will be used in the game against the Phillies. Gerlach had one trial with the home club but in that game the opposition was not as strong as that to be encountered against the Cents.

Bethlehem defeated the Phillies on the latter's field on Christmas Day, winning by the score of 2 to 1, but in doing so Centennial followers attributed the victory as a lucky one. Inspired with that belief the Quakers can be expected to give Bethlehem a hard fight when hostilities are renewed on Saturday.

The gloomy outlook occasioned by the many injured players became more encouraging this week when four of the veterans who were on the shelf reported fit and ready to start training. Allan and Gillespie, both out of the game with injured knees; Wilson, another injured regular, and Willie Reid, who was ill, will be welcomed back into the fold, but it is hardly expected that they will be ready to play for another week.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club