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Eels Unveil Their New Jersey – Honouring The Past And Solidifying An Identity

Today, Parramatta Eels CEO Bernie Gurr launched the jersey that the club will wear from 2018 onwards.

In a massive nod to the history of the Eels, the hooped design made famous during the 1960s will take the club forward into a bright future. With a new apparel partner in ISC and a new major sponsor in ALAND, November has been a positive month for the club.

In his press statement, Gurr emphasised the importance of identity:

Bernie Gurr launches the new strip.

“We wanted a jersey that represented the Parramatta Eels and its rich history. There was a strong wish to create a Parramatta Eels identity. Consistent with a traditional jersey and our Club’s history, we also wanted to return to our blue and gold colours. We have reverted to the slightly darker, marine blue of earlier eras and changed to a genuine gold from the recent yellow colour. We think both the marine blue and gold are rich, powerful colours.”

Since the 1970s, the Parramatta club has had its fair share of jerseys. Indeed, we’ve even produced memorabilia to honour the jerseys worn by the Eels.

Memorabilia for the diehards.

Now, in this era of ever-changing strips, and special event designs, it’s a powerful statement for the club to produce a jersey that embodies a traditional design and says, “This is who we are!”

 

“Cumberland Thrower”, Ivor Lingard in the hooped jersey.

My early rugby league heroes wore this kit. Ken and Dick Thornett, Bob O’Reilly, Keith Campbell, Ivor Lingard, John McMartin and Ron Lynch all shed blood in these colours. The 60s may not have produced a title (the Dragons had a big say in that!), but it was a period in the club’s history when we produced Australian representatives, had legends of the game in the team, and gave the blue and gold faithful their first taste of finals football.

 

Clubs with a rich tradition have readily recognised jerseys. The red V of the Dragons, the Roosters Tri colours and the myrtle and blood Souths gear all embody the history and identity of their teams. There is something special about having a perpetual jersey to represent your club.

I’m a fan of a year round jersey for home and away.

As a traditionalist, I’d much prefer that the home jersey was worn no matter the venue. However, we must accept that the NRL has an expectation of a jersey range from every club. Super hero, Indigenous, heritage and retro strips are typically available for all NRL teams. It’s just part of the landscape of professional footy.

The glimpse of the full kit on the players reveals the white shorts and hooped socks further authenticating the genuine “footy” look that will be synonymous with the Eels gear. Once the players take to the field in the new jerseys, it will look even better.

 

Bring on 2018. There’s plenty to look forward to!

Eels for ever!
Sixties

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Manginina
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Manginina

I love the jerseys. Saw them at the Launch. They are impressive. Like you Sixties, love the tradition.

Trouser Eel
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Trouser Eel

I’m not real keen on the away strip, I think the blue hoops are too thin but I’m pleased we’ve chosen a colour and hopefully will stick with it.

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

I love these jerseys! Great choice 💙💛

Chief
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Chief

I don’t like them at all, but that’s only my opinion.

The hoops are too thin and the sponsors logo with the yellow backing should have been thought through because it’s a Dogs breakfast.

I was expecting more from the professional that bernie Gurr is.

Shelley
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Shelley

Love them. The fact some are saying they are not part of our history, either design or colour points to exactly why we need such a jersey. As much as we loved the 80’s our club did not start and end in that decade. The jersey reflects the history of a decade in which the club gained respect, success on the field in reaching semi’s and grand finals and a reborn identity. Not unlike the present team. Excellent choice and my pop is over the moon. He is 93 and told me he wants one for christmas. Bob O’rielly is… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

I have one of the retro jersey’s that is similar to the home strip shown along with two other ones, when I can get to a game these days I wear the retro one as its the era I identify with as far as the history is concerned. I actually have reccolections of being at a game at Cumberland as a young fellow of the second jersey that has a gold background and grouped blue bands, I wonder if that may have been a better choice? With the new one being more modern by having the cut neck rather than… Read more »

Mitchy
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Mitchy

Like it Sixties; and its because of the style for me. Much better IMO than recent designs and as we know, each to their own….i’ll be buying one.

Gazzamatta
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Gazzamatta

Are the hoops carried through on the back of the jersey as well? Hopefully the socks are identical blue and gold hoops. Got to have white numbers. Reminds me of my first game at Cumberland in 1964. Reminds me of Dave Irvine, Arch Brown and Joe Turski flying down the wing. Reminds me of Barry Rushworth, Garry Pethebridge and Ron Graham setting up our flying wingers. Reminds me of Fred Pickup, Brian Whinny and Ivor Lingard scheming and planning. Reminds me of Keith Campbell, Thirsty Lynch, Brian Hambly, Barry Leaney and even Peter Peters when he was one of us.… Read more »

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Not sure if the hoops go round the back as no photo’s have come out from that side, the old Parra jersey’s had the gold lines around the back, difference was at times was the numbers were on a white square.

One thing for remembering and having a heritage jersey that I would love to see is some reproductions of the original Parramatta district badges, don’t mind keeping the current eel but would love the original ones to be available as separate items.

Offside eel
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Offside eel

No i dont like it ive been looking at images all day and ive come to conclusion that its a poor design the club and isc have dropped the ball on this occassion hands down we will have the worst Jersey in the comp i can accept the blue except for the white collar the yellow is a abomination

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Not a fan of thoe jumpers sixties … Just weird looking … What I don’t get is if we are looking to the future why are we going into the pass wearing these jumpers ….?

#Eels4life#

Glenn
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Glenn

Not sure of the design yet but it might grow on me, just hope we don’t play like we did in the 60s.

JJ
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JJ

I think they both look pretty good, I’ll be getting the Blue jersey. Only 105 days to go before we play the Panthers in the 1st round

Sam
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Sam

I like the blue jersey but as most others feel I wish the logo was better integrated into the design. The Gold isn’t bad either in my view. Much better with a darker shade than the canary yellow of recent years past. My Dad is upset with these as He recalls nothing but disappointment from the 60’s eels teams – he attended all the games back then. As Sixties points out we had some good times then too but my thoughts are that no teams heritage is perfect of you’re going to honour it accept the good and the bad.… Read more »

Bernie Gurr
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Bernie Gurr

Parramatta weren’t named the Eels in the 60s, they were actually nicknamed the fruit Pickers.

If the club are so interested in going back to the Thornett Era, why are they using the 80s Eel emblem

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

I only ever heard that name rarely, the eels name came I believe mainly from the fans as the old chant of Parra was the primary call during my early childhood and attending Cumberland and other grounds to see them play, always walked to Cumberland from Northmead and travel was by bus and train, a full day away be it at North Sydney or Hensen Park even Pratten Park. The eels tag became more out of the district badge that is also part of the Council district sign still seen at the Council building, and used in school emblems of… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I’m a big fan of the jerseys. The hoops go all the way around. would have preferred a collar but understand that this would not work as it gives something to grab onto. Also would have liked the sponsors yellow to be gold but can live with that. It is part of the sponsor not the jersey. Very happy that the colours are blue and gold again.
The logos blue colour will be updated next year. Apparently the NRL are not as fast moving as they would like to think

parrathruandthru
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parrathruandthru

above 2 comments are mine

Kev
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Kev

Not a fan at all. In my 37 years of supporting the Eels I see this as the worst piece of garbage that has been offered up by the club. This was a chance to move forward with a new strong design to carry us into the future but instead they have gone back to a very old fashion design that would look more at home on a rugby union field. I see this as a major fail by Bernie and the Club. I will support the Eels until the day I die and will watch every game they play… Read more »

Bill Taylor
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Bill Taylor

@Kev I’m with you mate. Shocking jersey very generic hate the colours as well , will look to dark at night I assume Bernie wants to sell these to the over 60’s demographic very niche market.
Electric eels are dead.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Bill and others who fear the jersey will be too dark at night, when the first new jersey design was shown, it was at the mid week night games that used to be run, Amco cup IIRC, this was the first to be predominately blue with thin upper gold lines, also IIRC the game was at the sports ground against the chooks, who have decidedly darker blue than the eels, more black than blue. The old lighting was not as good as today but good enough for TV broadcasts, and it was very easy identifying the eels players. If as… Read more »

conway
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conway

Just putting my two bobs worth in supporting the hoops designs…I like a sense of tradition reminding us of our past… go for it

Rowdy Roddy
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Rowdy Roddy

Personally, I just love the new real footy jumpers and I recall the 60’s with much fondness. My dear old Dad used to take me to play soccer until I was ~13 years old and when I discovered the Parramatta Rugby League team when I was 12 years it was only a matter of time before I started to play “the game that real men played” This jumper reminds me of a lot of things my Dad taught me and the first one was. Enjoy the game son, and be a good and gracious winner and also learn to be… Read more »

Gerard
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Gerard

The new design is a great nod to tradition. We are a genuine traditional club unlike Brisbane, Melbourne, Warriors and the like. They are still trying to have a traditional look but don’t have it yet because they are always changing the jumpers with most of the modern ones looking Crap.

I love both the new jerseys.

The sponsor doesn’t worry me at all I’m glad it’s a different yellow. It make our stripes stand out.

If we’re winning no on will care.

Rowdy Roddy
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Rowdy Roddy

And if we lose a couple along the way? It will help us enjoy the victories even more. While we’re at it some of us who were brought with the right attitude to life can be happy for the other mob getting a win. That’s after we get over it of course! Gee I really do like this new footy jumper especially the traditional Blue with the Gold hoops. Great work Bernie and co. You certainly have the support of those who value faithfulness and loyalty. We don’t approve of everything, but we believe it is our duty to support… Read more »

Parramatta Tragic
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Parramatta Tragic

I love the new jersey. It looks like a proper footballers jersey and not a fashion statement. I also love the white shorts. There is nowhere to hide if you finish a game in white shorts and they’re not filthy. The two clubs that have won the most premierships, Souths and St George, have always worn white shorts (as have Easts) so we are getting with the strength. I’ll be getting a jersey with number 13 and O’REIILY written on the back

Parramatta Tragic
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Parramatta Tragic

But I’ll spell O’REILLY correctly on the jersey!

Parramatta Tragic
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Parramatta Tragic

Maxxy
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Maxxy

Sorry but don’t like it. It’s also ruined because the hoops don’t go all the way round and look like a pale imitation of the 60’s jersey.

@Sixties I’m sure you love it but we have been wearing a 80,s strip for a while now since 2010 , Are you saying that these are not traditional? Each to there own I guess but I feel this will be a major failure jersey sales wise. No many under the age of 40 like this.
If this becomes our identity I’ll eat my eels hat.
Bernie very disappointing effort.