Karl Phillips is just one of the lads – roofer by day, pilsner drinker by night. But as Bootlegger, he’s scored hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube with his hilarious matchday vlogs and keeps a huge number of followers on social media hooked with his humorous musings on life, work, the Flamethrower and his beloved Wrexham AFC. He even has a beer named after him – Wrexham Lager’s iconic Bootlegger 1974 Pilsner, which has made its way onto the shelves of major supermarkets.
From tough beginnings with teenage parents to a string of jobs in local factories, whether smearing butter on his headmaster’s office window or getting a round of golf in during his shift as a street-cleaner, duckin’ around shooting videos in football grounds and pubs across the UK or slightly overdoing it in holiday spots around the world, or in the throes of any of the other hilariously random antics described here, the Captain doesn’t take himself too seriously and is mellowing with age, like a fine pilsner!
Top man… I thought that I’d lived a colourful life until I read about Karl’s adventures. – MICKEY THOMAS, WREXHAM AFC AND WALES
Certified Twitter legend… One of the internet’s most beloved and renowned Pilsner drinkers. – LADBIBLE
Wrexham fan Bootlegger is a social media giant. – THE DAILY STAR
The official mascot for Wales. – HANSH
Twitter legend… a cult hero on social media. – THE DAILY RECORD
Bootlegger is cult figure on social media with a huge fanbase. – THE YORKSHIRE POST
Dyn arbennig ag unigryw. – Y CYMRO
Yfwr o fri. – GOLWG
A social media anti-hero. – NATION.CYMRU
One of Wrexham Football Club’s most famous fans. – ROBBIE SAVAGE
A crackin’ book to read on the bog. – LANDLORD OF THE CAPTAIN’S LOCAL