Liverpool had a massive 24 figures released as part of the 1996/97 FAPL Collection, all painted in the kit worn for that season. The 1996/97 kit differed from the 95/96 kit in a few ways, the socks were all Red, the sleeves had a White trim, the collar had a Black trim v-neck detail and the kit was a slightly darked shade of Red.

 12 of the figures were mere repaints of the 95/96 set which are - Fowler, Barnes, Collymore, McManaman, Redknapp, Ruddock, Jones, Scales, Babb, Wright, Bjornebye and included in those was David 'calamity' James with his kit for this season being all Green. All those were released in October 1996.

 Manager Roy Evans was sculpted and released for the first time. New sculpts of McManaman and Redknapp were also released later during this range in January 1997, with the sculpt of Redknapp being a vast improvement on the previous fiugre, much more recogniseable. Mark Kennedy was another of these first time releases as was Dominic Matteo who was actually released twice, both times with a different colour hair! The first Matteo figure was released in October 1996 and featured him with Blonde hair, the Dark haired version was released much later in December 97 for the 1997/98 season but the kit remained the same for both figures.

 Also included in this set were 2 repaints of figures previously released for other clubs, those two being Ince and Leonhardsen. The figure of Paul Ince was the exact same sculpt as released for the England National Headliner series and the Oyvind Leonhardsen figure had prior been released for Wimbledon but corinthian did assign this figure a new base code, changed from PL138 to PL468, this was because the figure was released as part of Corinthians Headliner Collection range and not the FAPL Collection range.
 
 Completing this collection were a further 3 brand new first time sculpts. All 3 players had never been released by Corinthian before this. Czech international Patrik Berger was released and proved very popular amongst all collectors and was a real fine sculpt. The best sculpt of this set was for me that of Michael Thomas, a lot of facial character and detail went into producing this figure, although Corinthian released Thomas again years later this sculpt was never again used. Finally we have German Karl Heinz Riedle, a brilliant sculpt and one which Corinthian chose to include in the very first range of Prostars.

 A superb set of figures with Thomas and Riedle being the more scarcely found, got all 24?

 Please click the Headliners logo below to be taken to the Headliners UK club link page.

 Please click the Liverpool badge below to view all the Liverpool figures released in the 95/96 kit.

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