CHAPTER SIXTY FOUR
The Sondico rep called to show me their new range and during the discussion he said that they were very hopeful of signing Neville Southall for gloves, as he was not happy with the uhlsport arrangement. He is under contract to Sondico for shinpads and was with Sondico for gloves before signing his present uhlsport contract. I did not make any comment to the rep.
28th February 1990 1.23-1.50
I phoned Reinhard to see if the World Cup posters were on show at I.S.P.O. as I am anxious to get a final answer from Herve on promotional budgets, and he says that he cannot give an answer for about a month. Previously he had also told me that he could not decide until he saw the posters. I also asked about calendars as I had made enquiries about price. 2,000 calendars would be about £3.60 each and 2,000 is too many for me alone, but I would be prepared to risk 1,000 but if I only order 1,000 they will be £6.00 each. Reinhard said that the World Cup promotional material should be available in about 3 weeks, and he will consider the calendar situation with others at uhlsport. I am anxious to try the stickers on the boxes and other promotional ideas but cannot do so. I am told that my expertise is valuable and it is wished for me to continue with the promotional work, but when I try to introduce new ideas and do some work and earn the money that I am paid I cannot get answers or permission to do it. When complaining about these delays and problems over the last 2 years with Line 7 I am told that things will change and improve. On most things I am still waiting for the improvements.
1st March 1990
I bought and sent to Reinhard this weeks issues of "Shoot" and "Match".
1st March 1990 5.15
John Lukic, Arsenal, phoned to request some gloves and 2 pairs 036 size 10, 2 pairs 040 size 9 were sent along with for James Will 1 pair 015 size 9.5, 1 pair 040 size 9.5 (No.47). I had been trying to speak to him about the dates of his contract, without success, so we now discussed it. I told him that I could not get any new information from uhlsport or Readers, but my written notes confirmed the contract being between July 1988-June 1991. He said that therefore this was probably correct and he would honour it. The reason that he was asking was because other companies were talking about offering him large sums of money. I believe this to be Sondico although it could be adidas (Arsenal wear adidas kit). He asked if uhlsport would be prepared to make him a new offer and I said that I did not think so with over a year to go on his existing contract, as circumstances could change. I did mention that the papers are full of talk of David Seaman transferring from QPR to Arsenal, so in 1991 John Lukic may be in Arsenal reserves or at another club which could change the amount uhlsport would be prepared to offer. He understood this and then asked if by chance he was given a large offer by another company, would uhlsport be prepared to release him from his contract. I said that I could not answer but normally they would expect the contract to be honoured, but if these circumstances happened then please let me know the details and I will pass it on to Germany for an answer. However at the moment it was agreed that he was under contract to uhlsport until June 1991.
1st March 1990 5.30
Phil Parkes phoned me to say that Cambridge United had contacted him to see if their goalkeeper John Vaughan could be paid to wear uhlsport gloves in their 6th round F.A. Cup tie. John Vaughan used to be a reserve at West Ham and presently buys uhlsport gloves from us at the special prices. Cambridge United are in the 4th Division and therefore usually receive little publicity, but this season are surprisingly in the last 8 of the F.A. Cup. Their game will be televised live in Scandinavia and edited highlights will be shown on U.K. television. I said that the best he could be offered would be 2 pairs of gloves free of charge, but certainly no money. Phil agreed with this and I said that I would check which gloves he has been having and send some to him with a note.
2nd March 1990
I wrote to John Vaughan, Cambridge United, to offer him 2 pairs of gloves free of charge, and ask which gloves he wanted.
5th March 1990 9.10
John Vaughan, Cambridge, phoned to say that he had received my letter and he would like 2 pairs 015 size 9, which were sent to him (No.48). He also said that he did not know anything about any request for gloves or money, so I told him that Graham Scarf of Cambridge United had phoned Phil Parkes, who had passed it on to me.
5th March 1990 11.30
The wife of Tom Carson, Dundee, phoned to request some gloves and 3 pairs 036 size 8.5 were sent to him (No.49). She said that she was phoning because the gloves ordered with Germany were taking a long time to arrive. I asked why was he ordering gloves from Germany as it was my understanding that he should be asking me for gloves. She did not know why but said that he had previously also ordered jerseys from Germany. Is the reason Bernt Killat?
5th March 1990 4.17-4.54
I phoned Reinhard to pass on the Tom Carson request. He said that he had told Tom Carson to either order from me or Germany. I told him about John Lukic and the possible request to get out of his contract early. We agreed that in general this should not be allowed to happen. He told me that Neil Ramsay, Neville Southall's agent, wants to start talking about a new contract although the existing contract has over a year to go. I passed on the information about Sondico's rep was telling me that they were expecting to sign him for gloves as he was unhappy with uhlsport. Reinhard had met at I.S.P.O. Paul Stretford, the agent for Andy Dibble of Manchester City. I told him that Sondico still had a Dibble glove in their 1990-91 season's range. I also mentioned the new leaflet inside the glove box giving an advert for the Frans Hoek goalkeeper schools, and suggested that this is a way of selling posters, calendars or giving away catalogues like I have been trying with the stickers on the outside of the boxes. I made the point that many of the gloves with this leaflet in would be sold in countries where it would be of no interest that goalkeeping schools were being held in other countries, so it would not be very different to offer things from Sukan or other items like calendars, posters etc., which may not be of interest to everyone. I again tried to stress the advantages of trying my scheme.
6th March 1990 2.50
Les Fridge, St.Mirren, phoned to ask for some gloves and 2 pairs 036 size 9, 2 pairs 031 size 9 were sent to him (No.50). He had asked for a pair of 043 size 9, but I said they were unavailable. He then asked if Line 7 would be interested in giving him boots, apparently they have sponsored St.Mirren in the past. I said that I had nothing to do with the boots but would pass his request on top Line 7.
6th March 1990 3.45
Alan Miller, Arsenal, phoned to ask for some gloves and 2 pairs 036 size 9, 2 pairs 040 size 9.5 were sent to him (No.51). He really wanted 4 pairs of 036 but I told him that for now I could only spare 2 pairs and would send another 2 pairs to him later.
6th March 1990 4.18-4.22
I phoned Line 7 to pass on the Les Fridge request for boots, and in turn was asked to supply a list of contracted players.