CHAPTER TWENTY THREE

20th June 1988 10.55

Gerry Peyton, Bournemouth, phoned to request payment as agreed with Axel for being substitute in the European Championships 3 x £xx . He said that Axel had told him that it could be paid in cash.

22nd June 1988 10.50

Gerry Peyton, Bournemouth, phoned to see if there was an answer about the money. I said that I had written to Axel about it, not phoned, so as yet there was no answer. I told Gerry that I thought Axel was away from the office and that is why I had written.

23rd June 1988

Axel phoned to request information about Sondico and Reusch gloves for next season. I informed him that a Sondico catalogue/price list was on its way to him, and I would send him a photocopy of my Reusch price list, no catalogue yet. With reference to payment for Gerry Peyton he can have cash through Claude in about 2-3 weeks. Alternative is transfer straight to bank account.

23rd June 1988 10.04-10.10

Phoned Gerry Peyton, Bournemouth, to inform him of the financial arrangement. He wanted it really for his holiday, starting July 1st, so as there is not really time to send it by bank transfer he will take the cash after his return on July 15th.

23rd June 1988 10.30

Keith Granger, Darlington, phoned to see if details had been finalised on the prices for next season. I gave him the details and said that a printed list would be sent to him once they are produced. He also asked about jerseys and will talk to the club as to whether he can wear uhlsport jerseys in matches.

25th June 1988

Sent Jim Leighton, Manchester United, a pair of 019 size 9.5 for him to try as previously requested, sent to him (No.29).

27th June 1988 2.30

Trevor Wood phoned regarding the supply of free gloves. Last season he was 3rd choice at Brighton in the 3rd Division, but was getting free gloves under the uhlsport/Brighton club contract. He has been given a free transfer and is hoping to join Port Vale, also in the 3rd Division, as reserve to Mark Grew who wears Sondico. I told him that I could not give him free gloves, but he could buy at the special prices. He did not seem very keen to do this and will I think try other companies for free gloves, although he has yet to play in the Football League. I will send him details of reduced price gloves when available.

1st July 1988 4.25

Vince O'Keefe, Blackburn, phoned to find out the situation regarding free issue of gloves. He should be fit for the start of the season after breaking his leg. He says that he will probably be first choice, last season Terry Gennoe took his place. He said that he had been contacted by Eddie Niedzwiecki to wear Reusch, but he has used uhlsport for many years and is happy to continue. He asked about jerseys and I told him that the club will not allow him to use them in matches (we had asked through Terry Gennoe), so could only really allow him 1 jersey for training. If he could persuade the club to change their mind then he could have jerseys. I also asked him to wear gloves for team photos etc. 3 pairs 015 size 9, 1 only 544 Green XL, 1 pair 554 trousers XL, 1 only glove bag, 1 cap sent to him (No.30).

1st July 1988 4.45

Brian Parkin phoned to request free goods. I told him that changes are being made and although he has had free goods in the past, in the future he could buy at special prices. Last season he was with Crewe in the 4th Division, was released by them and for next season will be at Crystal Palace, 2nd Division. Unlikely to play in first team, apart from injury, as Crystal Palace goalkeeper is Perry Suckling who a year ago was England Under 21 goalkeeper.

5th July 1988 9.10

Nigel Spink, Aston Villa, phoned for some goods to start the season. He wanted 093 as match gloves, but I asked him to try either 015 or 019 as they will give better visability for TV etc. He also wanted jerseys for training. 1 pair 093 size 10, 1 pair 015 size 10, 1 pair 019 size 10, 2 pairs 040 size 10, 1 pair 554 trousers XL, 1 only 543 Yellow XL, 1 only 543 Silver XL, 1 glove bag, 1 cap sent to him (No.31). He also asked about a good pair of shinpads and padded shorts for training.

5th July 1988 12.40

John Lukic, Arsenal, phoned to request 3 pairs 015 size 9, 2 pairs 034 size 9, 1 cap and also sent to him were 1 Tee Shirt White XL, 1 Polo shirt Yellow XL (No.32). He wanted the goods sent to his parents address in Chesterfield. He asked about his first payment of £xx , he will be back in London from July 12th.

5th July 1988 1.50-2.08

Phoned Axel regarding various points. The easiest way to send money to John Lukic would be by direct transfer, I would try to get details. The money to Gerry Peyton was not handed to Claude, so still held in cash by Axel, have to sort something out. Scoreline clubs will be getting the British 590 jersey, which I had been told would not be available by Claude's office and had (at some expense) removed from Sukan's 1988/89 season's catalogue and adverts. If it is available it obviously should be in our range but the problem is getting an answer from Claude, apparently he is in France until the end of this week. I informed Axel that Craig Forrest of Ipswich reserves had made his debut for Canada in an international last month. At the moment the club buy his gloves and it was agreed that this would continue. I asked about jerseys used in the United States Indoor League, but this is purely an U.S.A. jersey not available internationally.

5th July 1988 2.14-2.18

Phoned John Lukic to obtain bank account information which is xxxx .

5th July 1988 3.42-3.46

Phoned Axel to pass on John Lukic's bank account details.

6th July 1988 1.30

Alan Knight, Portsmouth, phoned to request some goods as he will be starting pre-season training before the rest due to his facial injury at the end of last season. 1 pair 013 size 9.5, 1 pair 015 size 9.5, 1 pair 019 size 9.5, 1 glove bag, 1 cap, 1 544 Green jersey XL, 1 544 Silver jersey XL sent to him (No.33). He will be wearing the jersey in matches, the team use Admiral. He also asked about the coach's three quarter jackets and trousers for his brother-in-law Keith Viney at Exeter. I said that they were not generally available in this country but I would try and get prices for him.

7th July 1988 2.26-2.30

Phoned Sondico to check whether they had changed the name of the Southall Pro glove. They confirmed that the name had now been changed to Match Pro, and this will be used on all future work and literature, although the old Southall name will still be in their catalogue which has already been printed.

7th July 1988 4.04-4.13

Phoned Peter Simmons of Scoreline to find out the fabric of the British made 590 jersey. He said that it was difficult as different materials were involved but suggested "Polyester Triacetate". We went on to talk about the uhlsport/Scoreline arrangement, which he said was not yet completed although I had got the impression from Axel that it was finished. Without knowing the full details I think that an arrangement should be entered into as in the long run it will be beneficial to uhlsport. There will not only be the publicity value of the goods being seen to be used but opportunity for Line 7 to increase their sales and open new accounts around the country. If a problem is lack of funds in Germany I would have thought that it would be in Line 7's interest to utilise some of their advertising/promotional funds for this project. Should a deal not be made, I see it as an opportunity lost, and an opportunity for sembody else to step in. Peter Simmons said that the replica market would be available to Line 7 on the goalkeepers products, as the clubs themselves would have to buy from Line 7 for their club shops. The teams involved are: DIVISION 1 Norwich, West Ham DIVISION 2 Bournemouth, Leicester also probably Walsall DIVISION 3 Fulham, Cardiff, Wolverhampton, Preston, Gillingham, Blackpool, Chester, Mansfield DIVISION 4 Hartlepool, Torquay, Cambridge, Grimsby. Obviously time is running out for the start of the season and would suggest quick action.

8th July 1988 10.15-10.18

I phoned Axel to pass on the information about Sondico name change and Scoreline situation. He phoned me back as it was likely to take some time. I passed on my feelings that the Scoreline arrangement should be encouraged as much as possible and we thought that it would be best for Scoreline to look after the textiles and I will deal with the gloves.