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Eels' 75 Years: Top Five - #2

Join us as we count down the top five moments and memories of the Parramatta Eels’ 75-year history.

This week we celebrate the anniversary as we approach the annual Easter Monday blockbuster against Wests Tigers.

Number Two: Michael Cronin and Ray Price Retire, 1986

Eels' 75 Years: Cronin and Price Retire

Two Parramatta Eels greats Michael Cronin and Ray Price said goodbye to the game of Rugby League in 1986 as the Eels won a fourth grand final in six years.

Price and Cronin were chaired from the field as the stands at the Sydney Cricket Ground pulsed with 45, 843 blue and gold fans celebrating.

In what remains the only tryless grand final in the history of the NSWRL and NRL, the Eels scrapped their way to a 4-2 win over Canterbury.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke handed the Winfield Cup trophy to captain Price who raised it skyward in with Cronin.

It was the last of the Eels' four premierships in the 1980s, a decade where being a Parramatta fan was very easy.

Cronin (216 Eels games) had flagged that he was retiring while Price (259 Eels games) had only confirmed his intentions after full-time.

The last coming in proved to be a perfect farewell for the pair of greats.

Watch as Ray Price and Michael Cronin reflect on that great day.



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