CHAPTER FIFTY SIX
17th October 1989 9.50
Kevin Pressman, Sheffield Wednesday, phoned to order some gloves and 2 pairs 019 size 9 were sent to him (No.86). He also wanted 036 which I said were not available, and then 015 which again are not available at the moment. He also asked for shorts, but I told him that they were not part of my promotional stock and that his contract was for gloves only, although I had also already supplied him with shorts and trousers. I then pointed out that he seems to get through gloves very quickly as since 26th July (about 11/12 weeks) I have already sent him 13 pairs, before what he has asked for today. He said that he uses the 036 for matches and training so that they do not last long. (Half of the gloves I have sent him have been different gloves to the 036).
17th October 1989 2.05
Theo Snelders, Aberdeen, phoned to request some goods and 1 pair 550 XL, 1 only 543 Yellow XL, 2 pairs 043 size 10 were sent to him (No.87).
18th October 1989
I bought and sent to Reinhard this weeks issues of "Shoot" and "Match".
18th October 1989 1.45
Reinhard phoned to say that some goods that were sent to me in January 1989, but never arrived, had been received back in Balingen with a note saying never claimed. I confirmed that I had never been contacted about this parcel by customs so that I never knew that I had to claim it. I then kept him informed of the John Burridge situation and it was agreed to stay goods only. Reinhard asked about Ireland's No.2 Gerry Peyton, as they are trying to get as many World Cup 1990 players signed up as possible. I confirmed that he had worn uhlsport for many years but not under contract although in 1988 when he was reserve at European Championships Axel had paid him £xx (£xx a match). Pat Bonner the first choice was still being dealt with by Jim McNamara while Reinhard had contacted Walter Smith at Glasgow Rangers about Bonni Ginzburg, but as yet no answer.
18th October 1989 2.40
Les Fridge, St.Mirren, phoned to request 1 544 Silver XL and this was sent to him (No.88). He also wanted shinpads that I told him I could not help with but although I was out of stock of 550 shorts Large I would be able to send him a pair of these when stocks were received from the distributors.
19th October 1989 1.30
Rhys Wilmot, Plymouth, phoned to ask for some 036 size 9.5. I said that I did not have any but would send him some as soon as further stocks arrived, which hopefully would be in about 2 weeks.
20th October 1989 11.55
Gerry Peyton, Bournemouth, phoned to say that he was still waiting for the 578 XL trousers ordered in March at the Bournemouth Sports Show. I told him that I had not yet received the goods but would check with Germany. He said that when with Ireland he could wear an uhlsport tracksuit in his leisure time but of course must wear adidas at matches. He told me that he had spoken to Pat Bonner of Celtic and the first choice Ireland goalkeeper about possibilities of an uhlsport contract and Pat had said that he was interested to find out what was available and asked Gerry to give me his home number xxx , if I wished to speak to him. Gerry thought that his Umbro contract expired before the World Cup Finals started. Then Gerry asked if he could get money himself during the World Cup as for last years European Championships he was given £xx a match when he was substitute which would have been doubled if he had played. I told him that I would speak to Germany about all of these points and let him know when I had any answers.
20th October 1989 12.01-12.22
I phoned Reinhard to tell him about Gerry Peyton and Pat Bonner, and the 578 trousers and tracksuits required. Reinhard said that he would phone Pat Bonner after he had spoken to the person in the company dealing with the World Cup finances and contracts. He said that he would check into the outstanding goods and also the 544 XL jerseys I was still waiting for from June. He told me that John Burridge had phoned his office to order a lot more goods and that he wanted money to attend Jim McNamara's football course. I said that I thought John Burridge was getting too greedy and only send some of what he ordered and if he chose to change to Reusch or Sondico then, that was up to him. I of course did not know of any advantage to Line 7 of extra sales in the Newcastle area, but over the rest of the country it would make virtually no difference.
20th October 1989 1.05
John Burridge, Newcastle, phoned to say that he was sending me some programmes showing him playing for Newcastle. He also asked for some more 544 Green jerseys as he now had the correct sponsors badge to put on. I said that I did not think that I had any at the moment, which I do not, but in any case I had sent him 5 jerseys since September 1st.
23rd October 1989
I received from John Burridge, Newcastle, a programme for the Newcastle match V Blackburn which he wants me to send on to Reinhard, which I will do. It features an article about him on pages 18-22.
23rd October 1989 11.30
Reinhard phoned to ask for Gerry Peyton's address so that the tracksuits can be sent directly to him. He also asked if there was any connection between Reusch and Soccer World or Soccer Rendezvous and I said not that I know about. Soccer World is based very close to the Reusch premises so although they advertise a lot of Reusch products, they may not keep too many in stock relying on being able to get stocks quickly as needed. They probably both get financial help from Reusch when they do a full page advert featuring only Resch products. He also told me that some 544 jerseys should be sent to me this week. I told him about a price increase by Sondico and that I would send him full details along with "Shoot" and "Match". He thought that with the change in exchange rates Line 7 may be looking to increase their prices, but he did not know this for certain.
23rd October 1989 12.30
Jim McNamara of Line 7 phoned to say that he had spoken to John Burridge and he hoped that he would help with the coaching course. He said that he wanted a paid contract and I told him that in my opinion he was not worth it and Jim agreed saying that he sold quite well in the Newcastle area anyway and did not think that John Burridge would make that much difference. He also told me that Erik Thorstvedt had phoned him to ask for 6 pairs of 036 size 9.5. I told Jim that I did not have any at the moment but would send some as soon as I received some from Germany. I also told Jim that I had got Pat Bonner's phone number and that Reinhard would now take over trying to contact him regarding a possible contract.