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The moments, magic and mayhem that inspire Parramatta’s 36-year wait for glory

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They waited 36 years for the drought to end. Through 36 midfielders who walked in the shadow of the great Peter Sterling.

Yes, this is for you, Sterla. This is for the curse of the jersey No.7.

From Jason Bell to Ben Coust. This is for Chris Sandow. Because Brad Arthur, they say, doesn’t play him right.

That’s behind Tim Smith’s record 40 passes in a single season. This one’s for you, Mitchell.

Mitchell Moses at this week’s Eels fan day.credit:Sydney Morning Herald

For 13 different teams from four different states to lift the cup in the 13,153 days since the Eels last did.

This is for Ricky Stewart, once hailed as the best signing since Jack Gibson, before he left the club after 12 months.

Following the trail of destruction his slide projector left behind. For 12 players it is destroyed.

From Renee Maitois to Cheesy Blair. This is for Matt Keating. This is for his brother Chris. This is for all brothers.

From Matt and Phil Adamson to Nathan and Jason Keyles. This is for Ian and Nathan Hindmarsh. For 330 games played by Hindi. He has never won a premiership.

Brian Smith leads a training session with Eels players including Nathan Hindmarsh (right) in 2006.

Brian Smith leads a training session with Eels players including Nathan Hindmarsh (right) in 2006.credit:Fairfax

This is for 87 Eels players. From Pele Peleteleze to Paul Vatweira.

This is for games that Gareth Hawke hasn’t played. Kieran Foran was to play for the games.

For every Parramatta junior who has flourished at other clubs. This is for you, Trent Hodkinson. This one’s for you, T-Rex.

This is for Raiders running back Junior Paulo. This is to ensure Josh Papalii never arrives. This is for Isaiah Papalia, who never leaves.

This is for Bert and Bert. Brett Kenny and Luke Burt.

This is for fathers and sons. For Grottoes. For the Arthurs.

Brad Arthur with his grandmother Joy, sister Kelly and father Ted (left) and as a child in Eels gear (inset).

Brad Arthur with his grandmother Joy, sister Kelly and father Ted (left) and as a child in Eels gear (inset).

This is for Seven Hills over Orchard Hills. For Church Street above High Street. For the Parramatta River above Nepean. For El Gianna over Franco.

This is for Lebanon. For Guildford Owls.

For Tim Manna. For John of Manna, who gazes upon the heavens. For Chad Robinson, who sat next to him, both were gone too young.

That’s for three wooden spoons since the last time the trophy cabinet was opened.

This is for two grand final defeats. For the one Nines tournament they won, but had them eliminated.

Tim and John Manna in 2011.

Tim and John Manna in 2011.credit:Fairfax

This is for Fiji. For Semi Radradra. This is for Mikey Sivo.

This is for the plane. This one’s for you, San Francisco. Jarryd Hayne’s 12 weeks of magic in 2009.

For coaches who subsequently lost their jobs. This is for you Ando.

This is to get Jason Taylor a job. Because Jason Taylor lost his job a couple of days later. This is for Brad Arthur.

For the 12 points the NRL took away from the club, which cost them a place in the finals.

For the 2016 salary cap scandal and the skeletons they found in the closet.
This is for brown paper bags.

This is to displace Nathan Pitts. For forcing change. This is for the office of alcohol and games. For Max Donnelly and Bernie Gurr.

Former Eels chairman Max Donnelly.

Former Eels chairman Max Donnelly.credit:Anna Kuchera

This is for Emperor Dennis Fitzgerald. This is for the carousel of CEOs since the end of his reign.

For Scott Seward, Paul Osborne and John Bullous. For Ken Edwards, off-field administrator. For Ken Edwards is an intimidator on the field.

This is for the campaigner. For Roy Spagnolo. For Steve Sharpe. For all factions that joined the war. Tingha restaurant vouchers are used to buy votes.

This is for stability. This is for Sean McElduff, Jim Sarantinos and Mark O’Neill.

This is for chokers. For 1998. This is to lead by a hundred with 10 minutes to go, according to Peter Stirling.

This is for Paul Kerridge’s moment of madness. For Daryl Halligan – great sadness.

Brian Smith consoles his Eels players after their loss to Newcastle in the 2001 Grand Final.

Brian Smith consoles his Eels players after their loss to Newcastle in the 2001 Grand Final.credit:Steve Christo

This is for 2001. Sorry Smithy, this is for you. This is for Newcastle to wrest the premiership from Parramatta.

This is to prevent the NRL from stealing the Premiership from Melbourne for Parramatta.

This is for Manly and Parr. Yes, here we go again.

This is for Jamie Lyon, who leaves Parramatta and finds a home in Manly.

For Clint Gutherson, who leaves Manly and finds a home in Parramatta.

Anthony Watma, Kieran Foran and Sammy Radradra.

Anthony Watma, Kieran Foran and Sammy Radradra.credit:Fairfax Media

This is Anthony Watma’s insurance payout. Panthers coach Pete Green calls a timeout.

Because Michael Jennings was counted out. Because Aaron Reaper stayed away.

This is for Cumberland Oval. For the fans who burned it to the ground.

This is for the old Parramatta Stadium. For chanting “Parra” over the speakers. They chanted for the players in the stands. This is for you, Fui. This is for you, Mark Tookey.

Cumberland Oval was burnt down by fans after the 1981 premiership.

Cumberland Oval was burnt down by fans after the 1981 premiership.credit:Fairfax Media

This is for the faceless heroes of yesteryear. For Aunt Kay Fitchenry. For Big D, Dennis Anderson. Yes, Steam in the tunnel.

This is for the forgotten heroes. For Adam Ritson.

This is for the train: for Krisnan Inu and Feleti Mateo. This one’s for you, Sparky.

For workhorses. For Daniel Wagon and PJ Marsh. It’s even for pigs… Salute to you, Mark.

It’s Timano Tahou who puts the ball over the crossbar.

This is for Peter Wynn’s assessment. It’s for scoring out there, because if you don’t score out there, you never score.

This is for the 70m training ground behind Parramatta Stadium that they once called home.

This is for England. For Chris Thorman and Lee Mossop.

This is it for the Canterbury Eels: for Jimmy Dymock, Dean Pay and Jarrod McCracken. For Daniel Mortimer.

This is for those who came from the dark side: Hail Reagan. This is for you too, Waka.

No big deal ... Parramatta prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard.

No big deal … Parramatta prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard.

This is for April 12, 1947: the first Eels game in attendance. For Brad Arthur’s father Ted was there with his parents.

This is for Ray Stone’s knee. For Tom Opacic’s hamstring.

This is for Jesus. Parramattaof course.

This is for Moses, of course, Paramat.

This is for John Money, the last premiership-winning coach at Parramatta.

Jack Gibson with his famous fur coat.

Jack Gibson with his famous fur coat.credit:Palani Mohan

This is for you, Jack Gibson, the first trainer to win a premiership at Parramatta.

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For glorifying acne. For the three championships you won.

For words that will be remembered long after your death.

This is for them to say again.

Ding, dang, the witch is dead … again.

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