CHAPTER SEVENTY EIGHT
19th September 1990 12.30
Pat Jennings, former Arsenal and Northern Ireland, phoned to ask for a pair of gloves for his son if possible, and 1 pair 031 size 7.5 were sent to him (No.47).
20th September 1990 9.30
John Burridge, Newcastle, phoned to ask for some goods and 3 pairs 036 size 9, 1 pair 554 trousers XL were posted to him (No.48). He actually wanted the 071 gloves but I told him that they were unavailable and suggested the 036 as being the nearest. He then told me that his wife had opened a sports shop in Sunderland and could they buy from me. I told him that he should speak to Line 7 about this not me.
20th September 1990 11.45
Neil Ramsay, Neville Southall's agent, phoned me to say that he had met Bernd and Norbert Huebner at E.X.S.L. but from the discussions he got the idea that uhlsport were not that keen on re-signing Neville as they did not appear to think him that important a goalkeeper. I tried to explain that a lot of their promotional activity revolves around the World Cup and European Championships which Neville is unlikely to ever play in for Wales, and then the European club tournaments which Everton have not played in for 5 or 6 years, so worldwide he is not that important to them. I agreed that he was important for the U.K. and felt that it was up to the U.K. agents, Line 7, to say that they need Neville Southall to wear uhlsport if they thought it would be of benefit to them.
21st September 1990
I took a day off work to go to Line 7 at Hayes and then on with Bernd to "Shoot" for their reception and to hand over the trophy. It was interesting to see the set up at Hayes and confirmed a lot of what I had suspected. I bought and gave to Bernd this weeks issues of "Shoot" and "Match" along with 4 copies of the "Daily Mirror". They are running a competition to find a new goalkeeper in conjunction with Peter Shilton and I feel that it would be to uhlsport's advantage to try and get involved. I also pointed out the photos of Peter Shilton where he was not wearing gloves. During our stay at "Shoot" I continued to discuss with Bernd my feelings that they were not doing anywhere as well in the U.K. as they should, and not progressing as quickly as their competitors. He generally felt that it was not as bad as I thought and that what was wrong was being changed slowly and that at the moment he was content with the situation.
24th September 1990 9.35
John Burridge, Newcastle, phoned to ask for some Inter Milan gloves. I told him that they were not available in the U.K.
24th September 1990 10.05
Eric Engstrom xxx Tel: xx , phoned to see if I could help with some gloves for Ludek Miklosko, West Ham. Apparently he had spoken to uhlsport in Germany about it and I said that I could offer like last season free goods and a contract if he wanted it. He said yes and I sent to Ludek Miklosko at his home xxx 2 pairs 036 size 10.5 along with 2 copies of a 2 year goods only contract (No.49). Eric is not his agent but acts as his translator.
24th September 1990 11.10
Jim McNamara phoned regarding Peter Shilton attending Dixon's new shop in Sunderland. I told him that as yet there was no answer but I would let him know when there was.
24th September 1990 11.55
Theo Snelders, Aberdeen, phoned for some gloves and 3 pairs 036 size 10 were posted to him (No.50). I confirmed the message that I had left with his wife that the 043 were not expected for about 8 weeks.
24th September 1990 2.55
Gerry Peyton, Bournemouth, phoned to request some goods and 1 only 544 Green XL, 1 only 544 Turquoise XL were sent to him (No.51). He said that the money had now arrived and he asked if he could have a tracksuit 5414 Black XL. I said that none were available in the U.K. but I would try and get one for him from Germany.
24th September 1990
I received back from Graham Benstead, Brentford, the pair of 036 size 8.5.
25th September 1990 9.20
Neil Ramsay phoned to say that he had forgotten to ask for some gloves last week. He wanted the softest foam gloves and I suggested the 036 and 3 pairs 036 size 8.5 were posted to Neville Southall (No.52). I pointed out that only a month ago he had told me that Neville had decided to use the 019 and that I had supplied some with Orange trim. He said that he wanted the Green trim and had ordered these from Germany.
25th September 1990 9.50-9.53
I phoned Diana to see if Peter Shilton could go to Dixon's shop opening in Sheffield for Jim McNamara, She asked if it was part of his contract and I said that I had never seen his contract but that I had been told by uhlsport that he should do 4 or 5 of these appearances. She said that she would check the contract and then with Peter and then come back to me.
25th September 1990
I received from Line 7 a letter from C.Ainslie of Motherwell reserves requesting sponsorship. He has already asked me and I sent a letter in reply repeating that he could buy at special prices but no free goods.
25th September 1990 1.20
Les Fridge, St.Mirren, phoned for some goods and 1 pair 054 size 9, 2 pairs 031 size 9 were sent to him (No.53). He had also asked for shorts but I said that I did not have any.
25th September 1990 2.00-2.04
I phoned Bernd to see if uhlsport wished to get involved in the Peter Shilton/Daily Mirror competition I had given him details of. He said no. I then ordered for Gerry Peyton 1 only 5414 Black XL tracksuit. I asked if the promotional goods ordered 11 days ago had been sent yet and he said no, but it was being worked on.
25th September 1990 5.05
I received a phone call from Richard Hutton who works in a Newcastle sports shop requesting sponsorship. He had been given my name by Line 7, but I pointed out that I only dealt with professional goalkeepers and suggested that he contact Line 7 or the rep, as I could not help him.
26th September 1990 1.30
Roger Freestone, Chelsea, called in to collect some goods, 2 pairs 036 size 9.5, 2 pairs 040 size 10 (No.54).
27th September 1990 11.45
Dundee United phoned to request some gloves for Alan Main and 2 pairs 036 size 9, 2 pairs 031 size 9 were sent to him (No.55).
27th September 1990 12.45
Eddie Gillam, West Ham, phoned to ask for some gloves for Ludek Miklosko. I told him that I had spoken to Eric Engstrom on Monday and 2 pairs of gloves had been sent on Monday to Ludek's home address. He then asked for elbow pads and long cut white shorts for him. I said that uhlsport did not sell either item in the U.K. but I could send a pair of Sukan elbow pads that we sell. For the shorts I said that I would have to try and get from Germany, but he said not to worry as they had already asked their kit supplier, Bukta, for some.