The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Monday, December 31, 1928
Local Booters Forced to Present Another Revamped Team for New Year's Game

Bethlehem soccer team goes to the pitch in another Eastern League game on home loam on New Year's afternoon, having Newark here as the opponent. While the Jerseymen under ordinary circumstances could be expected to give Bethlehem little trouble, it may be just the opposite with the revamped team the locals will again be forced to field.

Adding to the worries of the local club is the sudden illness of Johnny Rollo and Johnny Jaap, two stalwarts of the Blue and White club, who, it is reported, are both confined to their beds suffering with a mild attack of influenza.

Both these players were listed in the lineup for the weekend game and it was quite a shock to the team when on Saturday morning they were reported ill. "Bill" Carnihan, who played on Saturday was forced to remain home from New York because of illness, but the center halfback is much improved and will undoubtedly be ready to take his place in the lineup for the New Year's game.

Even with Jaap, Rollo, Ferguson, Wilson, Gillespie and Mulhall on the shelf, with injury or illness, Bethlehem will be able to present a fairly representative team. Malloy, a Bayonne, N. J., youngster secured to tide over the emergency looks like a permanent fixture and with each game his playing is improving. Malloy is a product of the sand lots and one of the few native-born players who bid fair to make good in big league soccer.

Should Carnihan be unable to start on the halfback line it is probable that the club will secure Horning, a Lehigh Valley League player, for a trial. Recently quite a bit of local talent has been given an opportunity and of these players Joe Morrison has been used quite frequently. Morrison played on the half-back line during the illness of W. Reid, but since the latter's return has been moved to the forward line.

Stark and Massie will be the only two regulars on the forward line, this combination of players having thus far escaped unscathed insofar as injuries are concerned and have also been fortunate in warding off illness.

Usually Bethlehem encounters plenty of difficulty in defeating Newark and with the Jerseymen at full war strength the game may run true to form. The kickoff will be promptly at 2:30 o'clock with the following probable lineups:

Newark -- Bethlehem
Blair -- G -- McClure
John Brown -- RFB -- Marsh
Cairns -- LFB - -Allan
McHugh -- RHB -- Reid
McGrath -- CHB -- Carnihan
Pollock -- LHB -- McGregor
Hines -- OR -- Morrison
Conn -- IR -- Malloy
Lamont -- CF -- Stark
Forrest -- IL -- Massie
Jas. Brown -- OL -- Robertson
Referee: Fred Pepper

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club