Aston Villa had a whopping 15 figures released as part of the 1995/96 FAPL Collection.

 The set included their manager at the time Brian Little, however, he was not released until January 1997. All 15 figures were first time sculpts, many of which were never released again by Corinthian.

 Eccentric goal keeper Mark Bosnich was released for the very first time and a superb job they made on this sculpt too, so accurate infact it was used for all the future releases of the player.

 Rising star Dwight Yorke was released looking very fresh faced, Corinthian never again used this sculpt of Yorke. It is worth mentioning that Yorke was released with two different squad numbers. He was originally released as a single blister in January 1996 for the 95/96 season, with his squad number being 18 as he was not yet an established first team member. Corinthian released an Aston Villa 12 player box set in October 1996 again with the players in the same kit but this was done for the 1996/97 season and Yorke by this time had become a first team regular and so took up the number 10 shirt. Corinthian liked to keep the figures as accurate as possible so made this subtle change without alerting collectors, so many were unaware of this change. To get a Yorke with 18 on the back buy a single blister and a 12 player pack/ 4 player pack to get a Yorke with 10 on the back.

 Andy Townsend was also released with two different squad numbers. He was first released as a single blister in January 1996 when his squad number was 11, however Tommy Johnson moved to the club and took up the number 11 shirt, so for the 1996/97 season Townsend wore the number 6 shirt. The Tommy Johnson blister was not released until October 1996, the same time as the 12 player pack which featured Townsend in his new number 6 shirt. So to get a Townsend with number 11 on the back obtain a single blister and a 12 player pack to get a Townsend with number 6 on the back. Both Yorke and Townsend were released in a 4 player pack so buying that pack will also ensure you get the two figures with their new numbers for the 1996/97 season.

 There were some fantastic sculpts as part of this set, a particular favourite of mine is the one of Ugo Ehiogu, a really powerful sculpt and the sculpt of Ian Taylor was also very detailed with loads of character. Also in the set were Paul McGrath sculpted with his stubble and also Julian Joachim who was released sportig a moustache. The Joachim figure is quite rare and can sell for in excess of £10.

 The rarest of the lot is without question Alan Wright, he was just not produced in as high a volume as the others and this figure still eludes collectors today and can sell for well over £20, and perhaps £35 if found in blister.

 Gareth Southgate was sculpted for the first time but the skin tone Corinthian chose was very unusual and was almost orange like in appearance, amazing the figure was ever approved by the player or club. Completing the set are Savo Milosevic, Steve staunton, Gary Charles, Mark Draper and Tommy Johnson. The Milosevic is a fine sculpt and captured the player perfectly as did the sculpt of Steve Staunton.

 Corinthian did release a 12 player pack and the 3 figures which were not included are manager Brian Little, Julian Joachim and Alan Wright, which is another reason as to why those two are so rare.

villa little

 Brian Little
Aston Villa
Suit
M05

villa wright 95

 Alan Wright
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL03

villa bosnich 95

 Mark Bosnich
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL23

villa yorke 95

 Dwight Yorke
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL43

villa townsend 95

 Andy Townsend
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL63

villa mcgrath 95

 Paul McGrath
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL83

villa taylor 95

 Ian Taylor
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL103

villa southgate 95

 Gareth Southgate
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL123

villa staunton 95

 Steve Staunton
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL143

villa charles 95

 Gary Charles
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL163

villa milosevic 95

 Savo Milosevic
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL183

villa draper 95

 Mark Draper
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL203

villa johnson 95

 Tommy Johnson
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL223

villa ehiogu 95

 Ugo Ehiogu
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL243

villa joachim 95

 Julian Joachim
Aston Villa
Home Kit 95/96
PL263

aston yorke x2
aston towns x2

 Pictured here are the two different variations of the Yorke and Townsend figures. The figures are the same sculpt and are painted in the same kit, which is the 1995/96 strip. The figure which is pictured on the left of the image was released first and in single blister and the figure pictured on the right of the image was released later as part of the 12 player pack and both were also included in the 4 player pack.

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 Please click the Aston Villa badge below to view all the Aston Villa figures released in the 97/98 kit.

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