CHAPTER SIXTY EIGHT

19th April 1990

Herve left with me a letter from Andrew Collett, 16 year old about to sign YTS forms with Middlesborough, which requested sponsorship. I wrote to him offering the special terms available to Football League clubs.

20th April 1990 4.48-4.53

I phoned the editor of "Shoot", Peter Stewart, to arrange an appointment with him in London on 30th April, to discuss promotional ideas as I had discussed with Herve earlier in the week.

23rd April 1990 11.31-11.34

I phoned Herve to inform him of my meeting with Peter Stewart and to find out who he had dealt with at "Shoot". He said that David Smith had visited him and he had also written to Bruce Sandell.

23rd April 1990 12.25

Tony Roberts, QPR, phoned to order some more gloves. I asked him about the gloves and contract sent to him on 19th March. He said that the red palmed 040 were too hard for him, but he liked the 036. I said that as he was asking for more gloves could he please sign and return the contract sent to him. He said that he wanted to wait until the summer as he did not know what was happening next season with the QPR first choice, David Seaman. He did not say, but I assume that if he became first choice he will expect money. I had decided to offer him a contract based on his potential and hope that he would become first choice. There is not much publicity playing for QPR reserves. I told him that this time I would send him more gloves but normally the system is that to get goods free of charge uhlsport in return require a contract to be signed. 2 pairs 036 size 9 were sent to him by first class post (No.82) as he said that he needed them for tomorrow.

23rd April 1990 2.15

Jim McNamara of Line 7 phoned in response to my enquiry of a few weeks ago regarding Alan Main of Dundee United. He said that he had been informed by Dundee sports shops that he is now signed up by Sondico and wearing their gloves. I told him that this confirmed what I had expected and that I had notified Sondico that he was still under contract to uhlsport. We agreed however that there was very little we could do in such a situation.

25th April 1990

I bought and sent to Reinhard this weeks issues of "Shoot" and "Match".

25th April 1990 2.20

Les Fridge, St.Mirren, phoned to see if a new brochure was available yet. I informed him that I had not yet received any new uhlsport brochures.

26th April 1990

I received a letter from Paul Mathers of Dundee requesting sponsorship. Dundee are bottom of the Scottish Premier Division and will be relegated to the First Division for next season. Paul Mathers is 20 and considered to be a good prospect and has been in the first team for the last 8 games or so. However uhlsport presently have Bobby Geddes on a paid contract and Tom Carson on goods only so I think that I should check with Reinhard before answering.

26th April 1990 9.48-9.51

I tried to phone Reinhard who was not available, so left a message for him to phone me.

26th April 1990 10.55

Reinhard phoned and it was decided not to offer Paul Mathers a goods only contract unless he was playing in the Premier Division, and to cancel the Bobby Geddes contract which is up for renewal. I then asked about Gerry Peyton's money for the World Cup and Reinhard said that they would not improve the money offer already made, £xx a game and half that as substitute on the bench, and gloves with his name on. I asked if uhlsport could donate a promotional sweatshirt for a competition I was hoping to run, which would try to match goalkeepers with their normal glove size. I also asked for a list of non U.K. uhlsport goalkeepers amd their glove size, and Reinhard agreed to this. I also told him that I would probably not go ahead with a calendar this year, as on our own it was too risky financially. Finally I mentioned that I was seeing Hi-Tec on Monday because they wanted me to help them introduce a range of goalkeepers gloves. When they first asked I said no as I was doing work for uhlsport, but they have again asked to come and see me although they now know about uhlsport, and this I have agreed to. Finally he told me that he will be changing his job within uhlsport to concentrate on the studs and sole units from May 1st. His replacement will be Bernd Hagele.

27th April 1990 12.40

Michael Watt, Aberdeen, phoned to order some gloves and 1 pair 036 size 9, 1 pair 043 size 9, 1 pair 040 size 9 were posted to him (No.83). He also asked for some 550 shorts but I told him that they were now discontinued and I did not have any left.

27th April 1990

I wrote to Paul Mathers, Dundee, to say that no contract was possible, only to purchase at the special prices for League clubs.

30th April 1990 9.00

Gerry Peyton phoned to say that he had received a letter from F.I.F.A., via the Irish Federation regarding advertising in the World Cup. He told me that the letter says that there is to be no advertising on gloves. I asked him if he would send me a photocopy of the letter so that I could pass this information on to Germany. I also told him that the money offer for the World Cup could not be increased from what has already been offered. He asked for 2 pairs 036 size 10 and they were sent to him (No.84).

30th April 1990 9.06-9.09

I phoned Germany and left a message for Reinhard about the advertising situation on gloves for the World Cup.

30th April 1990 10.45

Reinhard phoned me to say that they had heard rumours in Italy about a ban on the use of names on gloves, but had seen nothing in writing. It was agreed that when I received details from Gerry Peyton I would try and find a fax to send them to Germany, and follow this up with details in the post. I also asked if he could arrange a contract for Gerry Peyton because money was involved, and send it to me for me to pass on to him.

30th April 1990 1.00

Terry Gennoe, Blackburn, phoned to say that the 031 gloves he ordered about 2/3 weeks ago had not arrived. I told him that they had been sent and at the moment I diod not have any more 031 size 9 too send to him. After some discussion it was agreed to send him 1 pair 036 size 9, 1 pair 040 size 9 (No.85).

1st May 1990

I received a letter from Herve, sent to Line 7 by Stuart Knight xxx complaining about gloves. I spoke to Herve about it and said that it was not my department to deal with customer complaints, and if he was looking for sponsorship he did not qualify. The letter was returned to Herve.

2nd May 1990

I spent the afternoon in London with Peter Stewart, the editor of "Shoot", discussing the points I had previously discussed with Herve. As I expected he was interested in the various ideas and will consider any colour transparencies submitted. They would naturally prefer match action photographs rather than posed "advertising" photos. The advantage to "Shoot" being that they will save the usual agency fee of about £100, the advantage to uhlsport being that they may get more photos of their contracted goalkeepers published than they would otherwise. He would also be willing to run an uhlsport/Shoot goalkeeper of the month/year competition. They have for several years run an adidas/Shoot Golden Boot competition for the leading goalscorers. Basically all he would want is for the trophies to be donated by uhlsport and then "Shoot" would look after the publicity side. As uhlsport give a trophy for Goalkeeper of the Year in Italy and with the German magazine I.F.F.S., I would imagine that this is possible and I think that it would be good publicity and money well spent. Various other points were discussed. I of course cannot do too much detailed planning as I have no budget to spend or authority, as Herve decides on these matters.

3rd May 1990

I received from Gerry Peyton, Bournemouth, details of the F.I.F.A. ruling for gloves in the World Cup.

3rd May 1990

I bought and sent to Reinhard this weeks issues of "Shoot" and "Match", along with a photocopy of the F.I.F.A. letter.