1925–26 American Soccer League

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Statistics of American Soccer League in season 1925-26.

Overview[edit]

In June 1925, the league admitted the Shawsheen Indians, winners of the 1924–25 National Challenge Cup.[1] The team was owned by William Madison Wood who also owned the American Woolen Company. The team began on a high note, goings 10-4-1 through its first fifteen games. However, in mid-December it experienced a reversal of form, going 1-10-2. When Wood died in February, the team withdrew from the league and disbanded.

Beginning on September 12, 1925, the American Soccer League began a forty-four game schedule which ended on May 31, 1926. The league introduced an innovation this season. Previously winners were selected on cumulative points. With many teams not completing all their scheduled games, the league adopted an approach similar to professional baseball which used a win percentage to determine its champions. However, rather than calculating a win-lose percentage, the American Soccer League calculated the percentage of points won versus the number of points available.

League standings[edit]

Place Team GP W L D GF GA Points Percentage
1 Fall River Marksmen 44 30 12 2 143 52 72 .819
2 New Bedford Whalers 44 28 5 11 119 70 61 .693
3 Boston 42 23 7 13 100 65 53 .634
4 Bethlehem Steel 35 23 6 12 115 58 52 .616
5 Providence 39 21 5 13 90 62 47 .602
6 Indiana Flooring 42 118 6 18 83 81 42 .500
7 Brooklyn Wanderers 40 16 7 17 76 71 39 .487
8 J & P Coats 40 15 7 17 76 91 37 .474
9 New York Giants 37 13 6 18 76 90 32 .432
10 Shawsheen Indians[Note 1] 44 11 3 30 33 89 25 .284
11 Philadelphia[Note 2] 44 8 3 33 41 150 19 .215
12 Newark Skeeters 38 5 6 27 30 124 15 .202
  1. ^ Shawsheen withdrew after 29 games (11-3-15). Their remaining fifteen games were counted as forfeits and their scheduled opponents received one point each. Forfeited games: Bethlehem Steel (2); Brooklyn (2); Indiana (1); J&P Coats (2); Newark (2); New Bedford (1); New York (2); Philadelphia (2); Providence (1)
  2. ^ Philadelphia forfeited 3 games: Bethlehem (1); Boston (1); Indiana (1)

Lewis cup[edit]

The American Soccer League ran its second league cup the season. The winners were awarded the H.E. Lewis Cup.[2]

Bracket[edit]

May 16–17 May 22–23
           
MA New Bedford Whalers 6-2
RI Providence 0-4
MA New Bedford Whalers 5-0
NY New York Giants 1-3
NY New York Giants 0-9
PA Bethlehem Steel 2-3

Final[edit]

May 22, 1926
New Bedford Whalers 5-1 New York Giants
Andrew Burnett Goal 8' OG
Neil Turner Goal 14'
Robert Hosie Goal 22' OG
Neil Turner Goal
Andy Stevens Goal
Goal PK Charlie Kelly
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Referee: Mose Bloom


May 23, 1926
New York Giants 3-0 New Bedford Whalers (MA)
Cecil Bremner
Davey Brown Goal 65'
Tommy Duggan Goal 70'
The Oval, New York, New York
Referee: Mose Bloom

Goals leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Games Goals
1 Andy Stevens New Bedford Whalers 39 44
2 Archie Stark Bethlehem Steel 37 43
3 Bobby Blair Boston Soccer Club 33 36
4 Tec White Fall River Marksmen 39 33
5 John Nelson Brooklyn Wanderers 27 30
6 Davey Brown New York Giants 26 28
7 Bart McGhee Indiana Flooring 38 25
8 Tommy Florie Providence F.C. 38 22
9 Jim Purvis Bethlehem Steel 22 21
Harold Brittan Fall River Marksmen 32 21
Mike McLeavy New Bedford Whalers 35 21
12 Tucker Croft Fall River Marksmen 31 19
Herbert Carlsson Indiana Flooring 36 19
Dougie Campbell Fall River Marksmen 41 19
15 Billy Adam J&P Coats 30 18
Jerry Best New Bedford Whalers 41 18
17 Frank McKenna Fall River Marksmen 34 16
18 Bob Millar Indiana Flooring 28 15
19 Billy Hogg Providence F.C. 23 14
Neil Turner New Bedford Whalers 32 14
21 Bobby Curtis Providence F.C. 30 13
22 Barney Battles, Jr. Boston Soccer Club 20 12
23 Jack Renfrew Providence F.C. 26 11
Andy Straden Shawsheen Indians 31 11
Malcolm Goldie Bethlehem Steel 31 11
Alec Lorimer Shawsheen Indians 33 11
27 Bill Westwater Boston Soccer Club 20 10
Johnny Reid Fall River Marksmen 21 10
Bobby Drummond J&P Coats 20 10
Johnny Ballantyne Boston Soccer Club 21 10

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