Bethlehem’s Wonder Twins

The episode details the first quarter of the ASL’s third season including two New York derbies, a title decider between Fall River and Bethlehem Steel and the story of the “Gay Cavalier”  Alex Jackson.

Featured image: Jackson in action with Chelsea. Image:

Listen to the podcast here.


Alex Jackson at Huddersfield after his departure from Bethlehem Steel.
Alex Jackson at Huddersfield after his departure from Bethlehem Steel.


For more on Alex Jackson:

Simon Burton, “The Forgotten Story of … Alex Jackson, star of Scotland’s Wembley Wizards”

The Vale of Levan, “Alex Jackson, Wembley Wizard”

Music in the episode from

Theme song: Bix Beiderbecke, “Clarinet Marmalade”

Headlines: Waring’s Pennsylvanians, “Bolshevik”

Sponsor: Frank Teschemacher’s Chicagoans, “Jazz Me Blues”

Additional Music: Sidney Bechet, “Kansas City Man Blues”

Igor Stravinsky  “Piano-Rag-Music” performed by Konstantin Semilakovs from under a Creative Commons License.

Paul Whiteman, “Felix the Cat.”

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Author: Brian

Brian D. Bunk is the creator and host of the Soccer History USA podcast. He is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His early research focused on Modern Spanish history and his book Ghosts of Passion: Martyrdom, Gender, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War appeared in 2007. His recent work examines the history of sport in the United States with an emphasis on boxing and soccer. Articles on these topics have been published in the Journal of Sport History, Sport in History and Sport in Society.

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