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A city on the rise, a curse and a question of faith: a new Parramatta dares to hope for NRL glory | Sydney

Outside Peter Wynn’s famous sporting goods store on Church Street in Parramatta this week, Raj Singh – wearing an Eels hoodie and waiting for the rain to pass – recalled being caught up in a crowd of fans when he first arrived in Australia from Fiji in 1986.

“I didn’t know much about rugby league then, but there were people all over the city, I had just arrived here as a student so it was crazy,” Singh says.

“The streets were just full of people celebrating when they won and I just fell in love with the club then.

“I learned more about rugby league and trained in a team. But honestly I thought, ‘this club’s pretty good, they’ll do well’.”

Singh didn’t know it at the time, but it would be a long time between celebrations.

The Eels have come close since – losing both the 2001 and 2009 grand finals and finishing minor premiers in 2005. But that 1986 premiership…

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