CHAPTER FIFTY FIVE

12th October 1989 2.00

John Burridge, Newcastle, phoned to request some goods and 1 pair 554 trousers Large, 1 pair 071 size 9, 1 pair 025 size 9, 1 655 Green XL were sent to him (No.83). I am struggling for gloves at the moment in sizes 9 and 9.5, having no 036 or 015 although both styles are on promotional order with Reinhard and for Sukan stock with Line 7. He also asked for other goods tracksuits, holdalls, shinpads which I could not help with but as he was desperate, or so he says, for Air Safe shinpads I said that I would ask Line 7 to send him a pair.

12th October 1989 2.29-2.33

I phoned Jill at Line 7 to ask for a pair of Air Safe shinpads to be sent to John Burridge at Newcastle. She recognised the name and said that she had sent some goods to him last week. I asked where she had sent them and she said Southampton. I informed her that he was now at Newcastle not Southampton so perhaps she should check with Southampton to see if the goods were there and what was going to happen to them.

12th October 1989 4.25

Graham Benstead, Sheffield United, phoned to request 2 pairs 015 size 8.5, 2 pairs 031 size 8.5 and they were sent to him (No.84).

13th October 1989 2.12

Jeff Weston, agent, phoned to ask if one of his clients could have a goods only contract, like he arranged for Kevin Pressman of Sheffield Wednesday. I asked who it was, and he said Ian Walker. This is the young Tottenham goalkeeper who was getting free goods for season's 1987-88 and 1988-89, arranged by Readers, but who has now been told that this has finished and he can buy if he wishes at special prices. He did in fact call in to see me at the shop last week to buy 2 pairs of gloves at the special prices. He might well become a good goalkeeper in time but I did not consider that there is any great benefit at the moment and therefore I confirmed that uhlsport would not be prepared to offer him free goods at the moment.

13th October 1989 2.20

Jim McNamara of Line 7 phoned to ask if I could help with information about contracted goalkeepers for the football course at Gateshead International Stadium on 26th and 27th October, 10 - 12 and then 12.30 - 2.30. He wanted to contact John Burridge, Newcastle and Tony Norman, Sunderland, to see if either could attend. I said that I would check out their home number and get back to him. I also confirmed with him details of the requests for goods by Dundee F.C. club shop and the Commercial Manager at Newcastle United.

13th October 1989 4.17-4.19

I phoned the home number that I had for Tony Norman, xx , but as I suspected he has now moved after his transfer from Hull to Sunderland last season.

13th October 1989 4.25-4.27

I phoned John Burridge's wife in Southampton to get details of his hotel, Royal Court Hotel in Durham, Tel: xx , Room 17.

13th October 1989 4.28-4.35

I phoned John Burridge to see if he was interested in helping and he said that he would not mind but his agent should be contacted to sort it out, Steve Wicks on xx . He said that they were so mad about football in Newcastle that he received so many requests to do things and Steve Wicks kept a diary for him. He did not say that he would want money to attend but of course his agent would think that way.

13th October 1989 4.36-4.40

I phoned Jim McNamara to pass on the information and suggested that as he lives in Durham himself he might think it worthwhile to go around to the Hotel and see John Burridge, rather than getting too involved with agents.

16th October 1989 10.55

Reinhard phoned to check on an order that I had placed with Line 7 on 14th March 1989, and uhlsport had despatched in May but was apparently lost. I was able to confirm that these goods had never reached me. I informed him of the John Burridge situation and also pointed out that I was desperate for the 015, 036 promotional gloves ordered in September. Most goalkeepers are now asking for 036 and I have no size 9 or 9.5.

16th October 1989 1.25

Peter Shilton, Derby, phoned to ask for some more 544 jerseys and 2 Green XL, 1 Silver XL were sent to him (No.85). He said that the jersey I had recently sent him was better than previously and I informed him that they were German made instead of Taiwan made. He told me that he had recently received goods from Germany but the jerseys were striped and he preferred the 544. He then asked for some 036 size 9 gloves and I told him that I did not have any at the moment, so he said he would speak to Reinhard.

16th October 1989 2.17

Mark Kendall, Wolverhampton 2nd Division, phoned to see if he could have a contract. I said that the best he could be offered was goods at reduced prices, as detailed to his agent Alistair Garvie about 6 months ago. He said that Alistair Garvie has never been his agent and he was looking at least for goods free of charge. I said that this was not possible as in season 1988-89 he was supplied with 5 pairs of gloves in the Scoreline arrangement, but he used Sondico not the uhlsport gloves supplied free of charge.

16th October 1989 2.50

Reinhard phoned to say that Peter Shilton had phoned him. I confirmed that I was sending Peter Shilton some jerseys but could not help with the gloves at the moment. He said that the promotional 036 gloves should leave Germany this week.

16th October 1989 4.45

Steve Wicks of First Artists phoned in his role as agent for John Burridge. He said that he was looking for a contract and that the figure he had in mind was £xx over 2 years. I told him that there was no way that uhlsport would pay that much and that from my discussions with uhlsport I thought it unlikely that any money would be offered, just free of charge goods. I pointed out that John Burridge received a great amount of goods, far more than most goalkeepers who are actually under contract. Steve Wicks then told me he had never negotiated a glove contract before, only boots, and was not aware of the amounts available, but with the information I had given him he would talk it over with John Burridge. I pointed out to him that from uhlsport's point of view they were being asked to give money to a 37 year old playing in the Second Division when they have not given him money when he was younger and playing in the First Division, and it does not make sense to them.