Possibly the greatest squad Newcastle United have ever assembled and one which came so close to capturing the Premiership title, indeed blowing a 13 point lead over eventual winners Manchester United. Corinthian immortalised this squad by releasing 16 players from that squad, along with the manager Kevin Keegan.

 Kevin Keegan, or 'King Kev' as he is affectionately known to the Geordies, was released at around the same time that he left the club, which meant that the figure was largely only sent to stockists in Newcastle, which led to the figure being difficult to obtain years later. Sadly this was not Corinthians best work and in my opinion it does not bear a great resemblance to the man himself.

 The set also featured many repaints of figures previously released as part of the England National range of Headliners, those figures being 'Rob Lee, Warren Barton, Peter Beardsley and Steve Howey. The figures were the same facial sculpts but the 'Barton' figure was a different body pose, as was the 'Howey' figure. All of those are easily obtained and for relatively little.

 New first time sculpts of British players like ' John Beresford, Darren Peacock, Lee Clark, Paul kitson and Keith Gillespie'and my personal favourite 'Shaka Hislop' were all much sought after by collectors and as they were made in lower volume than the others, they have become much harder to find today, especially for those who value mint condition blister packs. How many 'Shaka Hislop's' have you seen in blister for sale on Ebay? All are truly fine sculpts, which Corinthian have never released again.

 We were also treated to 3 first time sculpts of Newcastle's 'foreign legion' with figures of inspirational French wizard 'David Ginola' Colombia's skilful attacker 'Faustino Asprilla' and also Belgiums moustachio maestro 'Philippe Albert' and what toon fan can forget Albert's cheeky chip against Manchester United? Both Ginola and Asprilla have been released again by Corinthian but never using this sculpt, the Ginola sculpt was not the best but 'was he worth it' oh yes!

 Two repaints were also released, those two being 'David Batty' and Toon icon 'Alan Shearer.' The figure of David Batty was the same facial sculpt as previously released for Blackburn Rovers but with a new body pose and for some bizarre reason he was painted with green hair.

 There were two very interesting things about the 'Les Ferdinand' figure.
1. The figure on the collector card that came issued with the figure shows the figure's master model, which is exactly the same as the one released in the England National kit, however, the released figure had the same facial sculpt but a new body pose. The new body pose used was originally planed for goal scoring legend 'Andy Cole' but he transfered;to rivals at the time, Manchester united, so the figure was scrapped and Ferdinand's head was placed onto Cole's body pose to create a new looking Les Ferdinand.

2. Les Ferdinand was first released as a single blister in January 1996 with squad number '9' on his back, but following the world record £15million transfer of Alan Shearer, he was forced to relinquish this number to Shearer, so took up number '10' instead. Corinthian released a 12 player pack in March 1996, this time the Ferdinand figure had his new squad number of '10' on the back of his shirt. Corinthian made this subtle change with little fuss, just their way or keeping the figures bang up to date. So if you want a number '9' Ferdinand buy a single blister and a 12 player pack for a number '10' Ferdinand.

keegan

 Kevin Keegan 
Newcastle United
Tracksuit 95
M07

lee

 Rob Lee
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL07 

kitson

 Paul Kitson
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL67

ferdinand

 Les Ferdinand
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL87

barton

 Warren Barton
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL107

beardsley

 Peter Beardsley 
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL127

howey

 Steve Howey 
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL147

peacock

 Darren Peacock
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL167

ginola

 David Ginola 
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL187

beresford

 John Beresford 
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL207

albert

 Philippe Albert 
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL227

gillespie

 Keith Gillespie
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL247

clark

 Lee Clark 
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL267

hislop

 Shaka Hislop 
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL307

asprilla

 Faustino Asprilla
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL327

batty

 David Batty 
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL347

shearer

 Alan Shearer 
Newcastle United
Home Kit 95/96
PL367

newc ferd x2

 Pictured above are both versions of the 'Les Ferdinand' figure. The number '9' figure was released first, only as a single blister and the number '10' Ferdinand was relased later as part of the Newcastle United 12 player pack. Have you got both versions?

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