A WORLD champion football freestyler dropped into the Galpharm Stadium with tricks as eye-catching as Town’s new strip.
Double Guinness World Record holder and reigning World and European Football Freestyle Champion John Farnworth visited Huddersfield to showcase his skills in a video to launch next season’s Town kit.
John, 23, filmed a series of routines with Town midfielder James Berrett for a high-definition promotion to mark the start of The Terriers second century.
A Huddersfield Town AFC spokesman said: “John’s done a half-time show before and the crowd gave him a great reception, so we thought having him with our own players would be the ideal way to show off our kit for next season.
“We might as well get the best in the world to help launch the kit for what will be our 101st season.”
The video will be shown on the big screen during half-time at the Cheltenham match on March 21 and on the club website.
The new away kit will be launched on June 1 and the home kit some time in July.
The Examiner has been sworn to secrecy about the new kit, but can reveal an eyebrow-raising new sponsorship deal has been sealed.
John, a former Preston Town player, scooped his first world record by completing 83 ‘around the world’ kick ups – passing the foot completely around the ball without letting it touch the ground – in one minute.
His second world record is for doing 960 head balances – flipping the ball from one side of the head to the other – without dropping the ball on the ground.
But he wasn’t sure what the most difficult trick in his locker was.
“It’s really hard to say because most of the tricks are very advanced,’’ he said. “But my main aim is to do a good performance with many different tricks rather than concentrating on one.
“Almost like a dancer would put everything in a fluid motion, my performance has to be almost seamless, flowing from one trick to another.”
Following his day’s work in Huddersfield, Preston-born John is hoping to jet off to California for a performance at David Beckham’s LA Galaxy.
His agent told the Examiner the Galaxy had requested a half-time show sometime next month and were hoping he would work with their academy.
John said: “I’ve got so many ambitions, I’ve only just scratched the surface of what I’m hoping to do.
“The next project for me is the balling DVD which is hopefully going to be in the shops at Huddersfield Town and I want to do many things like computer games with freestyle and hopefully make it so everybody knows what freestyle is and be the face of it.”
The DVD – The Art Of Football Freestyle with World Champion John Farnworth – features 1966 England World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst.