CHAPTER TWENTY FIVE

John Burridge, Southampton, phoned to request some goods and 1 pair 554 trousers Large, 1 only cap, 1 pair 015 size 9, 1 pair 019 size 9, 1 pair 024 size 9, 1 pair 034 size 9 were sent to him (No.40). Last season he ended wearing the 015 gloves, but wanted to see what else was available, last season he also wore uhlsport jerseys in matches and this season I have sent him some 544 to wear in matches at his request. Southampton are supplied by Hummel and they are very upset at him wearing uhlsport, John Burridge tells me that the jersey they supply him with is rubbish and not good enough so he makes his own arrangements. In the English Football League the goalkeeper has to wear the same colour shorts as the outfield players, and he has asked Hummel to make him some shorts with padding but they have refused. At his previous club, Sheffield United, Umbro did make him padded shorts in club colours. He has given the club and Hummel my name and phone number, but I told him that it is his choice to wear uhlsport in matches, which we appreciate, but he should wear Hummel under the club contract and no way can I say that he is wearing uhlsport jerseys because of any contract with uhlsport. He has also pointed out to Southampton that he gets through a lot of gloves, which are supplied to him free of charge, thus saving the club money. I also pointed out to him that as a special favour we also supplied other goalkeepers at the club with some free of charge kit, which with other clubs we do not, this again saves the Southampton club some money.

15th July 1988

After speaking to Axel I sent Bryan Gunn, Norwich, 1 only 585 Green XL, 1 only 585 Silver XL on (No.41). I had misunderstood the situation with Scoreline regarding Bryan Gunn and Gerry Peyton who are to get German jerseys, while others will get British made jerseys through Scoreline.

15th July 1988 1.55

Hans Segers, Nottingham Forest, phoned to ask where his £xx payment was, which Mark Wellbelove had agreed on 17th November 1987 to send to Holland. This was done over the phone on that date in my presence. I told him that I would look into it for him. He told me that on Sunday he was going to Belgium to talk to Genk, with the hope that he will sign for them.

15th July 1988 2.32-2.40

Phoned Mark Wellbelove at Readers to find out about Hans Segers £xx and Phil Parkes £xx money still owed. Mark said that he remembered his phone conversation with Hans Segers and he will look into whether the money was paid or not. I asked him to let me know as soon as possible.

15th July 1988 8.22-8.26

Phoned Phil Parkes, West Ham, to ask him to find out about Allen McKnight's glove situation. Last season he was wearing Reusch, but I do not know how long his contract was for and whether it was free goods only or cash plus goods.

18th July 1988 9.30

Vince O'Keefe, Blackburn, phoned to say that he had received the goods sent to him. Everything was fine escept the size of the jersey. I said that I would send to him 1 only 544 Green Large (No.42), if he would return the XL to me. I asked him if he would be allowed to wear the jersey in matches and he said the manager had not decided yet, he wanted to see the quality of the jerseys supplied by the clubs new kit supplier.

18th July 1988 9.35

John Lukic, Arsenal, phoned to say that as yet he has not received the £xx into his bank account. He asked me to look into it and I said that I would.

18th July 1988 9.40

Roger Hansbury, Birmingham, phoned to request some gloves for next season and 2 pairs 034 size 9.5 were sent to him (No.43).

19th July 1988 12.40

Les Fridge, St.Mirren, phoned to request a brochure and 2 pairs 034 size 9, 2 pairs 092 size 9, 1 glove bag and they were sent to him (No.44).



20th July 1988 9.45

Mark Wellbelove phoned to say that he would send me a £xx cheque owed to Phil Parkes for his uhlsport contract Feb87-Jan 88. He said that it looked as though Hans Segers had not been paid, but he still has to check with his accounts department. I said that if he had not been paid please send me a £xx cheque for Hans Segers, as uhlsport had paid Readers this money.

20th July 1988 10.10-10.17

Phoned Axel to ask about John Lukic's money, and he said that it had been dealt with and any delay was because of the banking system. I asked about Gerry Peyton's money and he said the best way to send the money would be direct to his account. I told him that Readers had still not paid Phil Parkes £xx and Hans Segers £xx , but I was chasing. I also mentioned the difficulty in getting 096, 092 (smooth) gloves and 535 jerseys from Line 7. He said to make special order through Claude.

20th July 1988 4.25-4.35

I phoned Gerry Peyton, Bournemouth, to inform him of the money situation and he gave me his wife's bank account details for the £xx to be sent to:xxxx . He also asked about another pair of padded undershorts.

21st July 1988 12.55

Vince O'Keefe, Blackburn, phoned to say that he had received the 544 Green Large jersey, but the club manager, Don Mackeay, will not allow him to wear the jersey in matches. The reason he gave is because Vince O'Keefe is not being paid. I said that this is obviously the managers choice and it was not possible to offer Vince O'Keefe a paid contract.

22nd July 1988 10.00

Tony Godden, Birmingham, phoned to order some goods for pre-season and 3 pairs 034 size 9, 1 pair 554 trousers XL were sent to him (No.45). He also asked for padded shorts, tracksuits, shinpads but I informed him that they were not available, and went on to say that things were changing now that Readers were no longer the distributors. In the past far too much goods had been given away free of charge, and in many cases to the wrong people.

About 10 minutes after this phone call from Tony Godden, I received a phone call from Bryan Bond of Reusch U.K. He was asking whether Tony Godden was under contract, as stated on the back of the uhlsport price list, and I informed him that my information was that he was under contract until May 1989. His reason for phoning was that earlier in the morning, about 9.30, Tony Godden had phoned him to ask for 2 pairs good gloves, 2 pairs trousers and a tracksuit. As he was under contract to uhlsport, Reusch would not send him any goods. He then said that the other Birmingham goalkeeper, Roger Hansbury, had earlier in the week asked for gloves, and they had been sent to him. I then told Bryan that Roger Hansbury had phoned me for gloves on 18th July and I had sent him some. I believe that this kind of thing has often happened in the past and I will do my best to keep it under control, but it is difficult.

22nd July 1988 10.45

Pat Jennings phoned to thank me for the parcel of leisure wear. He said that he was okay for gloves at the moment but would contact me later if he needed some.