CHAPTER ONE HUNDRED FOUR

I phoned "Match", first speaking to Andy Hammond and then Paul Smith. I was phoning in response to an uhlsport competition in this weeks double issue on page 65. I pointed out to them that I did not think that it was right to mislead their readers and possibly break the law with their prize. It said that John Burridge wore a pair of APG gloves in the Skol Cup Final and he had signed them. I pointed out that he wore 036 gloves and had been asked to sign 2 pairs of 036, although he only used 1 pair in the game, and this he had done. On the face of it the competition is a good advert for uhlsport and Line 7, but I think it would be even better if it was accuarate. Also the competition features Iain Walker of Tottenham, although I have never seen his name spelt like this, I have always believed it to be Ian Walker. I also complained to "Match" as Sukan Sports regarding the competition. They had recently told me that for a half page competition they would look for goods to the value of £750. I pointed out that 7 pairs of uhlsport 061 APG gloves would have a retail value of about £350 for a whole page, or Line 7 would sell at full profit for under £200, and obviously their cost would be even less. As Sukan Sports is a regular advertiser in "Match" and I do not think that Line 7 have advertised with them in the last 12 months, £200 for a whole page does not equate with £750 for a half page. Paul Smith told me it was because the gloves were signed and this increased the value (by £150 per pair?). I also asked about the New Products page as recently it featured the uhlsport 036 glove as a new product although it has been on sale since 1989.

I had tried to phone uhlsport in Germany about this competition but nobody was answering, and after contacting Line 7 was informed that David Spensley was in France.

18th December 1991 9.40-9.44

I phoned Jochen to tell him about the competition in "Match" and that John Burridge did not wear the APG gloves, but 036. He was not worried by this and said that he had already seen the page as it had been faxed to him by the P.*. company involved. I agreed with him that on the face of it, it was good publicity for the uhlsport brand, but I still believe that it would have been even better if it was factually correct regarding the first prize, and that they had spelt Ian Walker's name correctly.

18th December 1991

I bought and sent to Jochen this weeks issues of "Shoot" and "Match".

18th December 1991 1.10

Guido van der Kamp, Dundee United, phoned to order some goods. He wanted some 036 size 11 and I told him that I only had 1 pair in this size, he also wanted some jerseys. I told him that I could not help with jerseys as he could not wear them in matches and basically Line 7 did not stock any jerseys so I had difficulty getting them. 1 pair 036 size 11, 1 pair 036 size 10.5 were sent to him (No.8).

19th December 1991 9.35

Les Fridge, St.Mirren, phoned for some goods and I sent him 2 pairs 036 size 9, 2 pairs 054 size 9, 1 pair 578 XL (No.9). He asked me if I knew when I would be finishing with supplying the promotional goods and I said that no date had yet been fixed but he would be informed at the time.

2nd January 1992 10.45

David Spensley phoned to say that he was now ready to take over the promotional work from me, and it was agreed to make the cut off date 31st December 1991. I asked if he would be notifying the goalkeepers involved of the change and he said yes, and in the meantime any requests that I get will be passed on to Line 7, or the goalkeeper informed and be asked to contact them himself. He asked if I would supply him with a list of goalkeepers involved and where the goods were sent, all of this information has been sent to Line 7 monthly by way of these notes and copy of goods delivery notes, but I agreed to sit down and do it at sometime.

2nd January 1992

I sent to Jochen this weeks issues of "Shoot" and "Match".

2nd January 1992

I prepared the list requested by David Spensley and sent it to him (No.10).

3rd January 1992

John Burridge phoned for gloves and I told him to contact Line 7.

6th January 1992

Terry Gennoe phoned for gloves and I told him to contact Line 7.

6th January 1992

Les Fridge phoned for gloves and I told him to contact Line 7.

7th January 1992

Steve Cherry phoned to see if he could have a jersey free of charge to wear in matches, I told him to contact Line 7.

7th January 1992

Alan Main phoned for gloves and I told him to contact Line 7.

8th January 1992

Eric Engstrom phoned for gloves for Ludek Miklosko and I told him to contact Line 7.

8th January 1992

Eric Engstrom phoned back to ask what gloves (036 size 10.5) and trousers (578 XL) Ludek normally has because after speaking to Line 7 they did not know.

8th January 1992

Alan Knight phoned for gloves and I told him to contact Line 7.

8th January 1992

Bryan Gunn phoned to say that his Reusch contract was now up and were uhlsport interested. I told him that Line 7 were now dealing with it not me and I gave him the phone number.

8th January 1992

Theo Snelders phoned for gloves and I told him to contact Line 7.

8th January 1992

I phoned Jochen to ask about the items of stock belonging to uhlsport that I had, and it was agreed that I would pass the stock on to Line 7 and give details of what it was to Jochen. I told him that I was passing players on to Line 7 including Bryan Gunn who was looking for a contract. I also told him that Reusch had made a written offer to Andy Goram, so if he was interested I suggested he took action soon.

13th January 1992

Tony Pickering phoned for gloves and I told him to contact Line 7.

20th March 1992

Alan Knight phoned to ask for my help as Line 7 were slow in getting gloves to him and he was now out of match gloves, 036 size 9.5. He said that he had this week phoned on Monday and again yesterday, Thursday. I said that I would speak to them and point out the urgency. I phoned Amanda and she said that she had checked yesterday and the gloves were going out today by First Class recorded delivery.

20th March 1992

I phoned Alan Knight to tell him the news that the gloves were leaving today and hopefully should reach him tomorrow. Portsmouth are away and he is leaving at 10 o'clock so I suggested if really desperate to try and get some from a local sports shop and then let Line 7 re-imburse the sports shop. He mentioned that as they were in the F.A.Cup semi-final he had been approached by other companies, but had told them he was under contract to uhlsport.