Sept. 13, 1924 – Boston SC 2:1 Providence Clamdiggers, ASL opener at Walpole Street Grounds
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Boston SC had recruited several top British players, including player-manager Tommy Muirhead from Rangers, for its inaugural season.
Both teams squandered first-half chances, including one by Tewfik Abdallah, Providence’s Egyptian forward, that went well over the tracks of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. (The Walpole Street Grounds were located off the corner of Columbus Avenue and Walpole Street – now St. Cyprian’s Place).
Jeremiah Best opened the scoring after outmaneuvering McMillan. Alex McNab was taken down by Dinnie in the penalty area, but Tommy Fleming’s penalty kick was saved by Ross, then a “regular jam” occurred involving Fleming, Fletcher, Muirhead and Neilsen. W. Ballantyne equalized with “a dandy goal,” set up by Mickey Hamill and J. Ballantyne. Andy Stevens scored the late decider after a Fleming cross went past W. Ballantyne.
The Boston team had actually made its debut with a preseason match two weeks previously.
Aug. 30, 1924 – Boston SC 3:1 Bethlehem Steel at Walpole St. Grounds (Att.: 3,000)
“Three thousand crazy fans were in attendance when Boston opened its professional soccer season yesterday at the Walpole-st Grounds and opened it right, trouncing Bethlehem Steel, 3 to 1. … That war whoop of the Boston Soccer Social Club sounded rather familiar.”
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