CHAPTER TWENTY SEVEN

Mr.Cocker of Burnley, a retailer, phoned me to ask for gloves for Chris Pearce of Burnley. I said that as there was no contract he could not have free gloves, which he has had in the past from Readers. Mr.Cocker did not agree with this and said that he should be given some gloves. I said that now in general 3rd and 4th Division goalkeepers did not get free goods but could buy at special prices.

4th August 1988 5.00

John Burridge, Southampton, phoned to ask about tracksuits etc., and I said that none were available in the U.K., as they were not sold in this country. I said that next time I spoke to Germany I would see if there were any available.

5th August 1988 1.25

Joan of Notts County phoned to ask for a jersey for Mick Leonard. I said that as he was not under contract, being a 3rd Division goalkeeper he could no longer get free goods as uhlsport have had to cut down on the amount given away, but he could buy at special prices details of which are being sent out.

5th August 1988 2.15

Christine Lawson of Top Sport phoned for some goods for Henry Smith of Hearts. He wanted various jerseys but I said that he had been sent a couple recently and no more could be given at the moment as he only uses them for training etc., not in matches. 2 pairs 040 size 9, 2 pairs 019 size 9 were sent to him (No.55).

9th August 1988 10.15

Joe Neenan, Peterborough, phoned to ask for some goods and 2 pairs 021 size 9, 1 pair 554 trousers XL, 1 glove bag were sent to him (No.56). He also asked for a holdall and tracksuit as previously supplied and I informed him that they were not available now in this country. He also asked for jerseys and I said that Peterborough were being kitted out by Scoreline who would supply the club with uhlsport jerseys.

9th August 1988 3.55

Mr.Matthews of W.B.A. phoned to see if uhlsport wanted to renew the arrangement where the club are given studs, bandages and training gear. I said that I was only involved with the goalkeepers side with Stuart Naylor being under a personal contract, and other goalkeepers being able to buy at special prices. I knew nothing about any arrangement and suggested that he contacted Claude at Line 7.

10th August 1988 11.40

Don Howe phoned to thank me for the parcel of leisure wear he received. I said that I would pass on his thanks to Axel in Germany as the gift was from them, all I was doing was passing it on. He said that generally he was feeling well after his operation but must still take it carefully.

15th August 1988 4.05

Terry Gennoe, Blackburn, phoned to request 2 pairs 096 size 9 and a glove bag, which were sent to him (No.57).



16th August 1988 9.30

K.Brockbank of Barrow F.C. (a non Football League team) phoned to request some gloves free of charge. I told him that he could not have any, which upset him, so he told me that for the last few years Readers had given him gloves. He then started a lengthy discussion to try and make me change my mind, but without success.

16th August 1988 4.00

Axel phoned to ask me to send some gloves to Neville Southall at Everton F.C., who needed them urgently and 4 pairs 025 size 9, 2 pairs 040 size 9 were sent to him (No.58).

16th August 1988

Tony Norman, Hull, sent back his signed contract along with a request for some gloves and 1 pair 093 size 9.5, 2 pairs 015 size 9.5, 1 pair 040 size 9.5 were sent to him (No.59). He also said that the holdall he was sent earlier had split and was asking for a stronger one.

18th August 1988 4.05

Bryan Gunn, Norwich, phoned to request some gloves for the start of the season and 2 pairs 019 size 10 were sent to him (No.61).

17th August 1988

Mark Prudhoe, Carlisle, wanted some gloves and I sold him 2 pairs 034 size 8 at the special price and also sent him free of charge 1 only 544 Green Large (No.60) for use in league matches.

18th August 1988 4.45

John Burridge, Southampton, phoned to request some gloves and 2 pairs 024 size 9, 2 pairs 021 size 9 were sent to him (No.62).

19th August 1988 2.45

Mike Walker, Norwich coach, phoned to see if his son Ian, was still able to get free of charge goods. I said that he could as it was my understanding that he had previously been told that he would be given gloves for 2 years, and this is now starting the second year. He has now left the F.A. School at Lilleshall and is with Tottenham and 1 pair 034 size 9, 1 pair 040 size 9 were sent to him (No.63).

19th August 1988 4.20

Axel phoned to say that he had received the Sukan catalogue and uhlsport letterheads etc., which were acceptable. He also asked me to contact Theo Snelders at Aberdeen and offer him a contract, up to £xx . Their Dutch contact Frans Hoek as at present in the U.S.A. Axel gave me a phone number for Theo Snelders xxx .

19th August 1988

Chris Rodman of Soccer Products & Services phoned to see if Sukan or uhlsport were interested in advertising or editorial mention in the forthcoming issues. I told him that for uhlsport he should contact Line 7, and he told me that he had been trying to but without success.

22nd August 1988 4.30

Peter Simmons of Scoreline phoned to see what the situation was with the gloves. I said that it was my intention to write to all of the clubs but as yet I had not done so as I was very busy with my own Sukan business. I confirmed that as I did not work for either uhlsport or their U.K. agents Line 7, that Sukan business had to take priority although if people contacted me it was being dealt with. He said that most of the clubs were happy with the jersey, but Gillingham would not be wearing uhlsport as they had made their own arrangement to wear Readers. There was also another club but he could not remember their name. He said that Fulham wanted gloves urgently so I said that they should contact me in case it still takes me time to get around to writing to them.

22nd August 1988 4.53-5.05

I phoned Theo Snelders at Aberdeen to see what he required. He said that he would like to try the 019 gloves and in Holland he had used 096 and 083. He also asked about jerseys and I said that I would send him as much information as I could along with the gloves. I asked him about a contract and he said that he does not have one, but would be prepared to sign one if the price was right. I asked him to let me know the kind of amount he was looking for so that I could pass this information on to uhlsport in Germany. 2 pairs 019 size 10, 2 pairs 096 size 10, 1 pair 083 size 10, 1 pair 015 size 10 were sent to him (No.64).

24th August 1988 9.10

Alan Knight, Portsmouth, phoned to request 2 pairs 015 size 9.5 and they were sent to him (No.65).

24th August 1988 11.00

Peter Simmons of Scoreline called in to see me as he was anxious to collect some gloves for the Fulham goalkeeper Jim Stannard. We discussed the problems that had arisen with the uhlsport/Scoreline agreement, which I believe in principle is a good idea, but more work and co-operation is needed to make it work correctly and smoothly. He said that he was not altogether happy with the delivery of uhlsport jerseys as they were generally too late.

24th August 1988

Peter Simmons collected for Fulham 2 pairs 034 size 9.5, 1 pair 015 size 9.5, 2 pairs 040 size 9.5, 1 glove bag, 1 pair 554 trousers XL, 1 pair 550 shorts XL (No.67).

24th August 1988

Peter Simmons of Scoreline collected for Steve Sherwood of Grimsby 1 pair 015 size 10, 2 pairs 034 size 10, 2 pairs 040 size 10, 1 glove bag (No.68).

24th August 1988

Peter Simmons collected for Mark Kendall of Wolves 5 pairs 021 size 8.5, 1 glove bag (No.69).

24th August 1988 12.30

Mark Kendall, phoned to order some gloves. I told him that Scoreline had collected 5 pairs for Wolverhampton earlier in the day for him. He then said that he was not the Mark Kendall who plays for Wolves, but he played for one of the non league clubs Stafford (last season it was Barnet). He has been getting gloves from me all through last season, and I had assumed that he was the Wolves player, which he had never denied, although I had spoken to him about Wolves games and had written Wolverhampton against his name on the delivery note when sending goods. I told him that he would not be getting anymore free goods as he was not eligible, and if he had been honest last season he would not have been given any then either.