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Did you know that the roots of rugby in Parramatta go back as far back as 1879 with the formation of the Parramatta Rugby Club? If you're a diehard Parramatta Eels fan, make sure you get all the latest Eels merchandise available here at The Stubby Club. But, before you do, let's take a step back in time, and learn a little more about the history of the Eels.
A Short History Of The Parramatta Eels
The first Parramatta club logo was introduced in the early 60s and was based on the official crest of the Parramatta City Council. It went through a few transformations over the years, before finally becoming the coiling eel in 1980. Despite the eel featuring heavily throughout the city of Parramatta, they weren't known as the Eels before that. In the early days, the only nickname Parramatta had was 'The Fruitpickers'. In the mid-60s, Sydney rugby league journalist, Peter Frilingos, suggested that the team should be known as the eels based on the indigenous meaning of the area as the 'place where the eels dwell.' This became the official nickname in the late 70s and coincided with the club's most successful period. From 1981 to 1986, they participated in 5 grand finals, winning four. They were also minor premiers for three years - 1977, 1982, and 1986.
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When the club was established, the colours of bright blue and gold were chosen as the team colours to reflect that of the local secondary school. If you're a big Parramatta Eels fan, you know how important it is to proudly wear the blue and gold. Find the latest and best Eels merchandise here at The Stubby Club and enjoy FREE shipping on all orders over $50.