CHAPTER EIGHTY FOUR

12th December 1990 9.50

Eric Engstrom phoned to say that Ludek Miklosko, West Ham, was getting low on gloves and could he have some more. I said that I did not have any 036 size 10.5 but had some on order both with uhlsport in Germany and Line 7. I told him that I would chase both companies to try and get further supplies, and if he got desperate to let me know and I would see what other styles I could get in size 10.5

12th December 1990 11.00

Les Fridge, St.Mirren, phoned to ask if the 083 size 9 had arrived and I said no. He then asked for 2 pairs 054 size 9, 1 pair 566 XL and they were sent to him (No.88)

13th December 1990 10.50-10.57

I phoned uhlspoprt and spoke to Margret, Bernd was not available, about outstanding promotional stock, particularly 036 size 10.5 for Ludek Miklosko ordered 8 weeks ago. She could not give me an immediate answer but said would phone me back later. I also placed a new order for promotional stock.

13th December 1990 2.00

Margret phoned back to say that delivery would be February 1991 for everything except the 544 jerseys.

13th December 1990

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

14th December 1990

I received from Germany a parcel containing 4 pairs 043 size 9, with the label marked that they were for Michael Watt, Aberdeen.

14th December 1990

I posted to Michael Watt, Aberdeen, the 4 pairs 043 size 9 (No.89).

17th December 1990 12.40

Bernd phoned and I told him that I had been trying to get answers about promotional stock, but Margret had told me on 12th December, that it would not be until next February. I also again said that I felt that uhlsport were losing ground to their competitors in the U.K., and that hopefully the meeting in France this week would allow Line 7 to spend more money and give more emphasis to their U.K. operation. Bernd would not be back in the office until January 7th and I told him that by then I would have seen Herve on 4th January and should know what is happening.

17th December 1990 2.30

Neil Ramsay phoned to ask for some gloves for Neville Southall. He asked for Milan gloves and I told him that the 056 was not stocked in the U.K., so he settled for 036 and I also sent him a pair of 071 as nearest to the 056. 5 pairs 036 size 8.5, 1 pair 071 size 8.5 were posted to him (No.90).

18th December 1990

I attended the Peter Shilton match at Tottenham and met Helmut Lenz the organiser. He said that Herve had given some uhlsport Italia tracksuits and in return an advert had been placed in the programme. He also asked for a tracksuit for himself and I said that I would pass on his request to Herve, but pointed out that he was in France until the new year. When I saw the advert I thought that it was the wrong sort of advert for the occasion as it was a Line 7 boot advert (below) with just an uhlsport logo. The advert size was 13 cms x 19 cms but the uhlsport logo was 2 cms x 2 cms, therefore less than 2% of the advert. Surely if Line 7 were donating uhlsport tracksuits (or was it uhlsport donating uhlsport tracksuits?) for a Peter Shilton match, with Peter being contracted to uhlsport not Line 7, then the advert should be about Peter Shilton using uhlsport, not Line 7 boots. This in my opinion applies if Line 7 were giving the tracksuits, but if it was uhlsport giving the tracksuits then surely the advert must have been an uhlsport advert. This is another example of wasted opportunity and not getting value when money is spent, which is not being spent very often. I do not know how many tracksuits were given and I would like to know. During the whole episode I was not once asked my opinion or involved, although I was under the impression that I am paid to do the promotional work in the U.K. Any comments please?



19th December 1990 9.30-9.35

I phoned Line 7 to pass on the request from Helmut Lenz for a Large uhlsport Italia tracksuit for himself. I asked Henry who gave the tracksuits, Line 7 or uhlsport, and how many but he could not tell me.

19th December 1990 10.00

Graham Benstead, Brentford, phoned to request some gloves and 2 pairs 031 size 8.5, 2 pairs 015 size 9 were sent to him (No.91). He really wanted 031 size 9 but none are available at the moment.

19th December 1990 1.25

Gerry Peyton, Bournemouth, phoned to request some gloves and 3 pairs 036 size 10, 1 pair 071 size 10 were posted to him (No.92). He wanted to try the gloves Neville Southall had used in a recent televised game. I had not seen the game and from his description had guessed 019 but on checking was told that it was the 071.

20th December 1990

I bought and sent to Bernd this weeks issues of "Shoot" (Double Christmas issue) and "Match".

27th December 1990

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

27th December 1990 1.30

Alan Knight, Portsmouth, phoned for some goods and 2 pairs 036 size 9.5, 2 pairs 031 size 9.5, 1 pair 554 trousers XL were posted to him (No.93).

3rd January 1991

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

4th January 1991 2.55

Roger Freestone, Chelsea, called in to collect some goods 2 pairs 036 size 9.5, 2 pairs 031 size 10, 1 only cap, 1 only 012 glove bag (No.94).

4th January 1991

Herve called to see me as arranged to discuss promotional work. I requested that I would like to be involved in making the decisions regarding promotional work, advertising etc., rather than just being used as a packer, but he said for various reasons he could not give this agreement so it was decided that the existing promotional work arrangement would stop. He asked if I would continue to do the packing work for the contracted players and I said yes provided that I could continue the system that I had set up in selling uhlsport goods to League club goalkeepers. He agreed to this, providing of course Germany agrees, and I would be paid the old rate of £xx per month and then £xx per contact. Costs of postage/telephone would be repaid at actual cost. The important change is that doing this packing work will not now stop me from doing promotional work for other companies, uhlsport's competitors, if I want to or are approached by them. In the past I have not done this as I felt obliged to only work for one company, uhlsport. I am disappointed that I have been unable to do very much for uhlsport during the last 3 or 4 years, but it is difficult to do anything if you are not allowed to. I confirmed to Herve that I would continue to run the SHOOT/uhlsport Goalkeeper of the Year in conjunction with Peter Stewart the editor of "Shoot".