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The old TV and VCR unit has been wheeled out at Bankwest this week as Arthur prepares to inspire the boys by showing them the last time Parra won a premiership.
Opening the dusty old Parra trophy cabinet for the first time since someone removed that Jarryd Hayne portrait, Arthur found the taped VHS copy of the 1986 grand final between Parramatta and Canterbury-Bankstown.
“Alright fellas, I know none of you were alive to see this so watch closely OK,” demanded Arthur as he wound the tape back to a time when he was a bushy haired 12 year old with a head full of dreams.
“Even though whoever recorded this didn’t stop the recording during ad breaks but hey, old Australian ads are always a bit of fun aren’t they?”
“You won’t remember John Singleton but the point is advertising used to have personalities. And we didn’t know some of them were racist back then we just thought it was a laugh.”
A reminder about just how long it has been since Parra won the premiership came in the 15th minute in the form of a head-high tackle from Bulldog Andrew Farrar on Eels winger Mick Delroy which resulted in play continuing even though Blocker Roach would have described the high-shot as ‘a red-hot vintage chubby.’
“Is anyone gonna score soon?” asked Gutho, sitting backwards in his chair so his team mates would know he’s cool.
“The whole game can’t be just penalty goals surely?”
MORE TO COME.