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BLACKBURN ROVERS  96/97

 Corinthian released 14 figures in the kit Blackburn Rovers wore for the 1996/97 season, 1 more than was released the previous season. The kit sponsor for this season was 'CIS.'

 

 This set featured 10 repaints of figures previously released in the 1995/96 Blackburn Rovers kit, those 10 are Tim Flowers, Graeme Le Saux, Chris Sutton. Tim Sherwood, Colin Hendry, Stuart Ripley, Paul Warhurst, Jason Wilcox, Jeff Kenna and Paul Gallacher.

 

 Another repaint was also included in this set and that was of ' Gary Flitcroft' who was previously released for Manchester City for the 1995/96 season. The Flitcroft was the exact same sculpt but Corinthian did assign him a new base code, they changed it from 'PL71' to 'PL344' this is something tended not to do and usually just kept the same base code for one sculpt.

 

 In amongst all the repaints were 3 brand new first time sculpts, all of which have never been released again. The sculpt of Henning Berg was the very first release of the player but not the last, however Corinthian changed the sculpt for the Norwegian National set release, probably as this figure bore a very small resemblance to the player, not their best work. The Berg figure was originally designed to be released in the 1995/96 kit but Corinthian dropped him from that set, A master model of this figure was made.

 

 There is something very interesting about the final two figures which make up this set, both were originally planned to be released for different clubs but both were also originally intended to be released in the 1995/96 Blackburn Rovers set, let me explain.

 

 Matt Holmes moved to Blackburn Rovers in August 1995 from West Ham United, so when the figure was originally sculpted he would have been done so with the intention of being released for West Ham United and he was assigned a West Ham United base code of 'PL159' as all the West Ham United figures base codes ended in '9.'

 Matt Holmes was intended to be released in the 1995/96 Blackburn Rovers kit as a master of this figures was made, but for whatever reason he was not released as part of that set.

 

 A very similar occurrence happened with the 'Lars Bohinen' figure who, like Holmes, was due to be released for antoher club, in this case the club was Nottingham Forest and he was given a Forest base code of 'PL122' as all the Nottingham Forest figures base codes ended in '2.' Bohinen moved to Blackburn in 1995 and was also intended to be released in the 1995/96 Blackburn set but was dropped from the range, again a master model of this sculpt was made.

 

 Corinthian decided that after going to all the trouble of sculpting and producing these figures of Holmes, Bohinen and Berg, that they may aswell release them, too costly not to really. Bear in mind it took a certain amount of time from originally sculpting a players head to him been added to a body pose and even longer for him to get to the plastic moulding stage, plenty of time for a player to move clubs.

 

 Corinthian did release a 12 player pack for this set with the figures omitted from the pack being Bohinen and Berg, those 2 were only available as single blisters. It is the figures of Bohinen and Berg which command the most money and can be sold for around £10, with the likes of Wilcox and Ripley not far behind.

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 Matt Holmes

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PL159

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 Tim Flowers

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PL24

 Chris Sutton

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PL64

 Graeme Le Saux

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PL44

 Lars Bohinen

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PL112

 Tim Sherwood

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PL104

 Colin Hendry

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PL124

 Stuart Ripley

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PL144

 Paul Warhurst

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PL164

 Jason Wilcox

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PL184

 Henning Berg

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PL202

 Jeff Kenna

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PL264

 Kevin Gallacher

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PL304

 Gary Flitcroft

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PL344

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