Karl Power: The Ultimate Sporting Prankster

Daniel GoochAnalyst IOctober 7, 2009

18 Apr 2001:  Karl Power a Manchester United supporter becomes an instant legend as he is spotted by Manchester United players after being in the team group posing as Eric Cantona before the UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals second leg match between Bayern Munich and Manchester United played at the Olympic Stadium, in Munich, Germany. Bayern Munich won the match 2-1, and went through to the semi-finals with a 3-1 aggregate win. \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

You may have heard about Karl Power and his pranks at the highest level of sport. From Manchester United to Wimbledon, he is known for his outrageous behaviour. Here are a few of his most amazing stunts.

Manchester United

In April 2001, Manchester United were playing a champions League match against Bayern Munich when Power stunned millions of people with the 'biggest football stunt in history'. He was able to get past the stewards by pretending to be a member of the TV crew. On the sideline, he changed into his United kit and casually strolled onto the hallow turf at Old Trafford. He place himself next to Andy Cole for the pre-match team photo. Roy Keane and Gary Neville were the only players to notice the mysterious man, along with the millions watching on TV at home, but left the photographer snapping away.

England Vs Australia

During a cricket match between England and Australia at Headingley, he performed another one of his stunts. He walked out onto the pitch to bat with no suspicion from anyone. It wasn't till he took off his helmet to answer his phone that people were amazed to find out that it was him. As he left the pitch the spectators, security and police all applauded him.

British Grand Prix

In 2002 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Karl was able to get all the way up to the winner's podium where he hit Michael Schmacher with a cucumber. A bit strange you might think .. and yes .. it is.

England Rugby team

Once again Power was able to get onto the side of the pitch. This time it was England against Italy in Rome. He was able to perform the haka for the team. This stunt went unnoticed until the media reported on it after the game.


This time at a different sporting venue, he walked onto centre court and played a short game just before a Tim Henman match.

Diego Forlan

In April 2003, he was once again able to make his way onto the Old Trafford pitch, but this time with a few friends. It was just prior to their game against Liverpool. Power and Co. re-enacted a goal scored by Diego Forlan against Liverpool at Anfield earlier that season. For this Karl was banned for life from Manchester United.


To be able to do this you have to be insane or have the biggest balls in the world!