CHAPTER NINETY EIGHT
2nd October 1991 9.30
Tony Pickering, F.A.National School, phoned to order the following gloves for the 4 goalkeepers at the school, 6 pairs 036 size 9, 2 pairs 036 size 9.5, 2 pairs 073 size 9, 4 pairs 071 size 9, 2 pairs 071 size 9.5. I said that I would pass on his request to David Spensley of Line 7 as I was not aware of the situation and at the moment I did not have these gloves available or know when further stocks would be available.
2nd October 1991 9.45-9.52
I phoned David Spensley to pass on the request from Tony Pickering, pointing out that I had already sent 4 pairs on 15th July, 4 pairs on 31st July, 8 pairs on 27th August. I pointed out that to me it seemed an excessive amount and felt that anyway some of the gloves could be cheaper harder wearing styles like the 040. He said that he would deal with it.
2nd October 1991
Having received a delivery I sent to Ludek Miklosko, West Ham, 2 pairs 036 size 10,5 (No.56).
2nd October 1991 12.25
Pavel Srnicek, Newcastle, phoned to order some goods, he wanted trousers, shorts and gloves size 11. I told him that I was having trouble in getting clothing and that I did not normally keep size 11 in stock, in the past he has had size 10.5, but I would do my best. 1 pair 578 XL, 1 pair 566 XXL, 1 pair 036 size 11 were sent to him (No.57).
3rd October 1991
I bought and sent to Jochen this weeks issues of "Shoot" and "Match".
4th October 1991 9.30
Alan Knight, Portsmouth, phoned to request some goods and 2 pairs 036 size 9.5, 2 pairs 040 size 9.5 were sent to him (No.58). He also asked for trousers and I told him that at the moment I did not have any but would send him a pair when they became available.
4th October 1991 10.40-10.50
I phoned Marie at Line 7 to see if there was any further news on the outstanding balances as so far only sketchy details had been given to my enquiry of 23rd September. She could not yet give full details. I then asked about general policy and she believed that when they sell out of items like 649, 648 jerseys, 566 shorts, 578 trousers in Wolverhampton, Line 7 will not be ordering more goods for stock. I asked if payment was on its way to me for my promotional work and if the 2 videos loaned for E.X.S.L. could be returned to me. She could not answer either question but would look into it and I asked if David Spensley could phone me when he was free.
4th October 1991
Having received a delivery I sent to Pavel Srnicek, Newcastle, 2 pairs 036 size 11 (No.59).
7th October 1991 1.50
Les Fridge, St.Mirren, phoned to order some goods and I sent him 2 pairs 073 size 9 (No.60). He had asked for 036 size 9 which I had told him I did not have at the moment but would send on when available. He then asked for 043 size 9 and I told him that it was unlikely that I would have anymore of this style. He said that he had spoken to Alex McGouther, Scottish rep for Line 7, who had told him that he had seen next season's range and that Line 7 would be stocking more clothing. I said that I had not seen the new range and did not yet know what Line 7 would be doing next season, although for this season they seem to be stocking less clothing rather than more. He asked for a tracksuit and I said that the only way he could get one through me is by buying, and I would have to order it from Germany. He asked for 5425 XL and I quoted £47.50.
7th Octoberr 1991 2.20
David Spensley phoned in response to my request. I asked about my promotional payment and he said it was nothing to do with him as all finances were being dealt with by Herve in France. I asked if he could check to see Herve had my invoices and would pay them as soon as possible. I then asked if the 2 videos from E.X.S.L. could be returned, and he was surprised that I had not received them, and said he would look into it. I then tried to sort out in my mind what Line 7 would be stocking in the near future and this was difficult as it seemed to depend on what they would be selling from the 1992-93 season's range, but as yet I don't know the 1992-93 range. It would certainly appear that stocks will be low or in some cases non-existent for the rest of this season which has only just started and has 7 months left to go.
7th October 1991 2.53-3.05
I phoned Jochen to say that I had spoken to Margret on Friday and was told that some clothing was being sent to me, but no gloves. I asked if he could give me any news, which he could not, but said that there were delays for everybody on gloves but if I got desperate on promotional stock to check with him and he would see what he could do. I then went on to say that I was experiencing problems in getting information on orders from Line 7 and that promotional work payments were now to be made by Herve in France as Line 7 in Wolverhampton are not authorised to make payments.
9th October 1991 9.50
Gerry Peyton, Everton, phoned to say that he had not forgotten the Medium 578 he was going to return, but as yet he had not done so. He then asked for some gloves and 2 pairs 061 size 10 were sent to him (No.61).
10th October 1991 9.15
Dundee United phoned to ask for David Spensley's phone number, and this I gave her.
10th October 1991
I bought and sent to Jochen this weeks issues of "Shoot" and "Match".
10th October 1991 8.00
Phil Parkes phoned me to say that he had spoken to Tony Roberts at QPR and that he would be prepared to sign a goods only contract. I said that as far as I was concerned this was good, and would inform Line 7 and sort out gloves and contract when I next saw Phil at the end of the month.
11th October 1991 9.50
David Spensley phoned to return my call of a few minutes earlier, when he had been engaged. I asked about Tony Roberts, and after a long discussion about contracts and goods he said go ahead. He asked if I knew the budget of goods available or any plans to make use of it and I said no, this is something I had been trying to sort out over the years. My only criteria from uhlsport is to use my knowledge and give goods to those who I think will benefit uhlsport. Line 7 have never told me anything or felt fit to include me in advance of anything they did. Certainly I have cut down the amount given away from when I took over and introduced the special price scheme, and uhlsport have never argued about the amount of goods I have asked for. They have of course always been sent details of who I have given what products to, and who I have sold to on the special price scheme, so if they were unhappy about anything they had the opportunity to say so. Our discussion continued for about 30 minutes as we exchanged views ranging from Peter Shilton's contract,to Line 7 using a P.*. company. I again, as always, expressed my wish to resolve my situation with Line 7 and uhlsport, to become more involved to promote uhlsport products in the U.K. and have some kind of say in the planning of promotional/advertising budgets AS ORIGINALLY INTENDED AND AGREED TO, rather than just a packer. If Line 7 or uhlsport do not wish me to be involved then please tell me so that I can make other plans which are restricted at the moment because of my involvement and loyalty to uhlsport.