MANCHESTER UNITED 1995/96

Manchester United, the side who have won the Premiership more times than any other club, also had the most figures released in the FAPL Collection. They had whopping 42 in total, 16 of which were released in the 1995/96 kit, two of those in the away kit.



The entire squad of 14 players were all released in November 1995 as single blisters, many of which were first time sculpts. Welsh wing wizard Ryan Giggs had the honour of being assigned the base code of PL01 and for me is still one of the best sculpts Corinthian have ever produced and the number they must have sold of him will have been incredible.



Old Trafford icon Eric Cantona was the best selling Corinthian in the FAPL Collection and no surprise given his popularity at not only the club but with fans of football all over the world. Andy Cole was another favourite amongst collectors and the same sculpt was used for the England national series of Headliners but the body pose was different, this was also the case for Gary Neville.



Gary Pallister and Paul Scholes were also released for in the England national kit. The sculpts of Sharpe and Keane were both very accurate likenesses of the players, Keane being sculpted with his beard also. Legendary goal keeper Peter Schmeichel was sculpted for the first time but certainly not the last. For me this sculpt was the worst Schmeichel Corinthian have ever done but the one released as part of the 1996/97 range was a vast improvement, the 95/96 sculpt just did not capture the character and authority of the player.



The Manchester United collectors information file depicted all 14 figures released in this range and even a few that were not! Pictured last on the file as the 15th figure was David May in the 1995/96 kit with base code listed as PL341, however this figure was never released in this kit but was included in the 1996/97 set painted in the kit from that season. Also worth a mention is that the Schmeichel body pose was not the one released, the one on the file showed in cupping the ball about to kick it with his right leg bent at the knee, this for me was a far better body pose for a goal keeper and a real shame they decided against using it.



That was an obvious spot, however only the more observant collectors will have spotted the other 3 unreleased figures! On the back of the file was a small picture of a display podium which pictured 14 Manchester United master models, 3 of these were never released. Those 3 are - Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis and Mark Hughes. Kanchelskis was released for Everton but the body pose changed and the Hughes was released for Chelsea, the Ince was released for England and later Liverpool, look closely at the file and you will see this.



2 redemption figures were also made available with this set and all you had to do was collect the tokens that came with each figure or box set. The 2 figures on offer were Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona, both were painted in the Grey away kit.



The Manchester United 1995/96 figures were released on a whole host of different packaging formats


All 14 were done as single blisters, which came with collector card and Manchester United collectors information leaflet

All 14 were done as single gift boxes, which had the figure in a window box, coming with single display stand, Manchester United backing card, collectors card and Manchester United collectors information leaflet. Although all 14 were listed as being released it has long been debated if Andy Cole was indeed released on this format.


A Manchester United sealed sachet was also produced, these were sealed sachets so you were not sure which figure you would pull out the sachet, all 14 featured in the range.


There were 3 different versions of the 4 figure pack

MU4A - Ryan Giggs, Dennis Irwin, Steve Bruce & Roy Keane

MU4B - Eric Cantona, Brian McClair, Paul Parker & Paul Scholes

MU4C - Andy Cole, Peter Schmeichel, Lee Sharpe & Gary Pallister


Corinthian also produced 3 different versions of the 4 figure gift box, each gift box came with 4 figures, 4 collector cards, collectors information file and a boxed 4 figure display stand

G-MU4A - Ryan Giggs, Dennis Irwin, Steve Bruce & Roy Keane

G-MU4B - Eric Cantona, Brian McClair, Paul Parker & Paul Scholes

G-MU4C - Andy Cole, Peter Schmeichel, Lee Sharpe & Gary Pallister


A 12 figure team pack was also done, the only 2 players not included in the pack were Nicky Butt and Gary Neville. The pack contained the 12 figures, 12 collector cards and Manchester United collectors information file


There was also a 14 figure team pack released, which of course had all 14 figures included, along with 14 collector cards and Manchester United collectors information file.


FIGURE LIST:

PL01 - Ryan Giggs - Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL21 - Eric Cantona - Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL41 - Andy Cole- Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL81 - Peter Schmeichel- Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL101 - Dennis Irwin- Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL121 - Paul Parker- Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL141 - Steve Bruce- Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL161 - Gary Pallister- Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL201 - Lee Sharpe- Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL241 - Roy Keane- Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL261 - Brian McClair- Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL281 - Nicky Butt- Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL301 - Gary Neville- Manchester United - Home 1995/96

PL321 - Paul Scholes- Manchester United - Home 1995/96


PL01 - Ryan Giggs - Manchester United - Away 1995/96 - Redemption Figure

PL21 - Eric Cantona - Manchester United - Away 1995/96 - Redemption Figure

Ryan Giggs

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL01


Eric Cantona

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL21


Andy Cole

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL41


Peter Schmeichel

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL81


Dennis Irwin

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL101


Paul Parker

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL121


Steve Bruce

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL141


Gary Pallister

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL161


Lee Sharpe

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL201


Roy Keane

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL241


Brian McClair

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL261


Nicky Butt

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL281


Gary Neville

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL301


Paul Scholes

Manchester United

Home 1995/96

PL321


Ryan Giggs

Manchester United

Away 1995/96

PL01


Eric Cantona

Manchester United

Away 1995/96

PL21


Manchester United

4 Pack - MU4A

Ryan Giggs

Dennis Irwin

Steve Bruce

Roy Keane


Manchester United

4 Pack - MU4B

Eric Cantona

Brian McClair

Paul Parker

Paul Scholes


Manchester United

4 Pack - MU4C

Andy Cole

Peter Schmeichel

Gary Pallister

Lee Sharpe


Manchester United

Gift Pack G-MU4A

Ryan Giggs

Dennis Irwin

Steve Bruce

Roy Keane


Manchester United

Gift Pack G-MU4B

Eric Cantona

Brian McClair

Paul Parker

Paul Scholes


Manchester United

Gift Pack G-MU4C

Andy Cole

Peter Schmeichel

Gary Pallister

Lee Sharpe


Manchester United 1995/96

12 Figure Team Pack


Manchester United 1995/96

14 Figure Team Pack


FAPL Collection

Manchester United 1995/96

Secret Sachet - Front

FAPL Collection

Manchester United 1995/96

Secret Sachet - Back