John Farnworth’s World Record

It’s official – John Farnworth’s World Record is a Guinness World Record – and we’ve got the certificate to prove it!

John Farnworth, the world champion football freestyler, achieved 590 consecutive football rolls across the forehead at our promotional merchandise exhibition, The Big Promo Gift Show, on 26th May 2010. Check out the video on the right if you weren’t there, I think you’ll agree that the level of control and concentration John shows is quite amazing.

He put on some great shows for us throughout the day mesmerising visitors and staff alike.

Since the show he’s been travelling the world performing at various shows and appeared at the World Cup Final in South Africa. Not a bad job he’s got, is it?!

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The World Cup Score Predictor Game


I’m very glad to say the our World Cup Score Predictor game has exceeded my expectations with 105 players so far.

Win The World Cup!In case you’ve not seen it, it’s a game where I’ve picked out some matches from the World Cup and created a page where you can enter your details and your predictions. These are then calculated every time a relevant match is played and a league table published. You get 5 points for a correct score or two points for a correct result.

Although 5 matches have pass so far, it’s not too late to play. We’ll be running the competition right up to the final and with the leaders on 14 points out of a possible 25, no-one’s running away with it. Maybe it could even help to join late as you’ve seen how some of the teams are playing!

The game is split into the group stages, the round of 16, quarter finals, semi finals and the final/3rd place playoff. We’re not choosing every match as that would take you too long so we picked 11 games from the groups, we’ll be picking a certain number yet to be decided from the round of 16 and then every match from then on in.

The best thing about this game is the prize you can win – the replica World Cup you may well have held when you were photographed with Peter Shilton and Nobby Stiles at The Big Promo Gift Show! So why not give it a go?

You can keep up with the latest news on Twitter or on The World Cup Score Predictor website.

Talking of The Big Promo Gift Show, I’m in the middle of updating the website with all the photos, videos and news from the day. Keep an eye on the website over the next 24 hours and it will all be there for you to see. You can order your Peter Shilton and Nobby Stiles prints as well if you weren’t able to pick them up on the day.

If you’re already playing the game, good luck! If you’re not playing the game, why not?! It’s free and you can win a unique prize!

Here’s the league table as it currently stands:

Pos Person Total
1= Chris Jones 14
1= Pete Stackhouse 14
1= Phil Kramer 14
4 Peter Macdonald 11
5 Stuart Beagrie 10
6= Abigail Jones 9
6= Alison Crawley 9
6= Amy Baker 9
6= Ben Webber 9
6= Chris Lamb 9
6= Clarke Beagrie 9
6= Deborah Howbridge 9
6= Dennis Scholefield 9
6= Emma Horne 9
6= Ewan Jamieson 9
6= Ged Murphy 9
6= Helen Miskell 9
6= Jonny Gibson 9
6= Kevin Waterworth 9
6= Kris York 9
6= Luke Flett 9
6= Michael McLaughlin 9
6= Michael Rea 9
6= Oliver Simpson 9
6= Paul Nicholson 9
6= R Bull 9
6= Richard Milner 9
6= Rob Lovell 9
6= Rob McLean 9
6= Sarah Pounder 9
6= Scott Brown 9
6= Sue Allen 9
6= Tom Innes 9
6= Victoria Barnett 9
35 James Godfrey 8
36= Ben King 7
36= Daniel Berry 7
36= David Blackburn 7
36= George Swindale 7
36= Kevin Heath 7
36= Liz Dipper 7
36= Martin Jordan 7
36= Richard Fielder 7
44= Claire MacMenemey 6
44= Craig Britton 6
44= Lloyd Simpson 6
44= Michael Simpson 6
44= Nick Goring 6
44= Steve Spence 6
50= Adam Smith 4
50= Amanda Povey 4
50= Angela Brear 4
50= Ashleigh Guest 4
50= Chris Dickinson 4
50= Chris Simpson 4
50= Claire Jones 4
50= Colin Reid 4
50= Dave Weaver 4
50= David Parrington 4
50= Gavin Lyles 4
50= Hayley Stacey 4
50= James Casson 4
50= Jo Hardingham 4
50= Joe Worthington 4
50= John Knowles 4
50= Kathryn Payne 4
50= Kayley Newsome 4
50= Kyle Smalley 4
50= Mark Hemingway 4
50= Mark Higson 4
50= Marvin Nash 4
50= Michael Craddock 4
50= Michael Womersley 4
50= Natalie Dawson 4
50= Neil Fowkes 4
50= Paul Iliffe 4
50= Phil Booth 4
50= Phil Thornton 4
50= Ray Harriman 4
50= Renny Wickham 4
50= Richard Bulmer 4
50= Richard Reilly 4
50= Sheldon Hall 4
50= Tony Moore 4
50= Valentina Chruscht 4
50= Zoey Woodward 4
87= Carol Martin 2
87= Cheryl Simpson 2
87= Christine Powell 2
87= D Doran 2
87= Dean Parker 2
87= Fred Stott 2
87= Jonathan Jessiman 2
87= Kevin Clark 2
87= Laura Thompson 2
87= Neil Rushworth 2
87= Stephen Goodlad 2
87= Tammy Clarke 2
87= Tim Fitzgerald 2
87= Vicki Franks 2
101= Amy Baker 0
101= David Marcus 0
101= Emily Pattison 0
101= Jon Jones 0
101= Leanne Johnson 0
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Brand New Products On The Website

I’ve just put 10 new promotional products on the website and there’s a few that stand out for me.

Pocket Basic Notebook

The pocket basic notebook with pen is a fantastic product. Essentially, it’s a pad with a hole in it where you can keep your pen. The best thing about this is that you can match the branding on the pad to the pen giving a great coordinated feel to your promotion – and you should never lose your pen!

Non Slip Mobile Phone Holder

The non-slip phone holder is a bit of a star as well. You can literally put it on a flat wall and things will still stick to it like glue. It’s got a great branding area and will last for years. It’s the kind of thing people will show to their friends, the sticking qualities are that impressive.

They are my two favourites. This isn’t to say that the others aren’t any good, they’re great. They were chosen by our sales team from an array of hundreds of different products and were the ones that got the biggest response from our customers.


In case you haven’t seen them yet, there’s also a load of new promotional World Cup products on the site as well including footballs, face paint and the soon to be ubiquitous vuvuzelas. If you don’t know what they are yet, you soon will! I watched a fair amount of the Confederations Cup, held in South Africa a year or so ago, on TV and the noise of the vuvuzela was clear to hear. They have a central part in South African football culture, much like the Samba drums in Brazil, so if you want to be a part of the crowd, you’ll need one!

Another ‘in case you haven’t seen’ is that our Big Promo Gift Show website has been launched. The show itself is being held on 26th May and is based on a World Cup theme. We’ll be joined by Nobby Stiles and Peter Shilton, we’ll have seminars from Cliff Quicksell – one of the U.S’s most respected speakers in the promotional merchandise industry – and over 10,000 products on display from the old favourites to the new and innovative.

A quick Twitter account list now. If you’re on Twitter, why not follow us? We’re on as a company @promo_merch, have a dedicated Promo Gift Show account @lsibigshow, the boss, Lloyd, is on there @lloydsimpson and I’m on there @scottthewebdes. We’d love to hear from you.

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