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The Parramatta Eels are a professional Rugby League club based in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta where they play at the impressive Parramatta Stadium.
Formed in 1947, it took quite some time for the club to enjoy success but when it did come in the 1980, the Eels became one of the most successful clubs in the country.
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The club play at the Western Sydney Stadium, known to some as the CommBank Stadium due to sponsorship reasons, which is a modern all seater stadium, complete with steeply banked sides and lots of corporate and hospitality areas.
That has seen the club quickly become a go to stadium for a lot of Sydney clubs but it is the Eels that it is truly the home ground for as it stands on the grounds of their former Parramatta Stadium home.
The ground is known for its great atmosphere, especially for big Sydney derbies when 30,000 fans back there favourites in action.
The Eels ground is located in the Parramatta district of west Sydney, which is part of the Greater Western Sydney Region and around 25 km from the city centre of Sydney.
As a club that has enjoyed lots of success down the years including periods of dominance, it will be no surprise that they have a lot of rivalry with other Sydney base clubs including the likes of Manly, Canterbury, Penrith, and St George.
The club are always easy to recognise when they take to the field due to their colourful blue and yellow playing strip.
The sport has a long history in the district of Parramatta, with a district league been formed in 1910.
This helped to develop a number of juniors in the region and that led to a lot of pressure for a club to join the New South Wales Rugby League Premiership when it formed in 1930.
The proposal was originally rejected by all clubs, aside from near neighbours the Western Suburbs, and the out break of World War 2 but any thoughts of another vote at bay.
In 1946, the next vote took place and this time the Parramatta club were successful but sadly the first few decades of the clubs top tier existence were mostly ones of struggle.
Between 1952-61, they would finish in last place 8 times and would only win 35 matches during that period which saw the club having to play amateurs against professionals due to a lack of finances.
In 1962, things looked up for the first time when they finally reached the end of season play-offs which was something they would match a number of times over the next few years.
Unfortunately the improvements didn’t last and they would go onto collect a wooden spoon in both 1970 and 1972 but they soon turned that around and in 1975, the club would win their first piece of silverware in the pre-season cup.
That proved to be a big catalyst of things to come as they would reach their first ever Grand Final in 1976 but they would lose to Manly.
The next seaosn, the club would win their first piece of major silverware as they pick up a Minor Premiership and qualified for the Grand Final once again.
In that final against St George, they would initially draw 9-9 to send it to a replay but they would lose that 22-0.
They didn’t have to wait to long for further success however and the 1980’s was set to be the golden era for the club.
Between 1981-1986 the club would win 4 Premierships and would reach the Grand Final on 5 occasions, with their first ever Grand Final victory coming against the Newtown Jets in 1981.
In 1986, the club would set the record for the lowest scoring Grand Final when they defeated Canterbury 4-2.
Unfortunately, just as quickly as that success came, it went away against as between 1987-1996, they would fail to even make the play-offs after losing the majority of their star names.
Things did improve in 1997 as the club decision to stay with the ARL during the Super League wars allowed them to sign a number of high profile players including from the Sydney Bulldogs who had won the title in 1995.
That helped them to reach the play-offs for the first time in 11 seasons and over the next few years, they would go onto to lose 3 preliminary finals on the trot.
The new millennium started well for Parra as they would reach the 2001 Grand Final but they would lose 30-24 against the Newcastle Knights.
There next piece of success came in 2005 when they picked up the Minor Premiership but ultimately, they would lose to the Cowboys in the play-offs.
The 2009 was a special one for the club as they would start the seaosn incredibly badly before a Jarryd Hayne propelled run of wins saw them not only reach the play-offs but they also reached the Grand Final and became the first 8th placed team to reach the big show but in the end they lost to the Storm in the final.
The next decade saw the club’s form become inconsistent at best and whilst they did reach the play-offs a few times, they also had years of struggling to avoid the wooden spoon.
In 2017, they did reach the play-offs for the first time since 2009 but by 2018 they were picking up another wooden spoon.
The clubs first ever match at the impressive Western Sydney Stadium came against local rivals the Wests Tigers when they ran out 51-6 winners in front of a sold out crowd.
In what was an inconsistent season even by the standards of the Eels, they would go onto lose 64-10 against Brisbane before going on to defeat the same club 58-0 at home in the play-offs. They would then head to Melbourne the next week were they lost 32-0.
The 2020 season saw the club finish in 3rd place, their highest since 2005 but they would come up short in the play-offs.
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