#sports activities Parramatta Eels NRL fan builds footy’s most incredible memorabilia collection
Troy Worner’s shrine to his beloved Parramatta Eels may simply be footy’s most spectacular memorabilia collection.
The rugby league treasure trove, which started in 1987 with a No.7 jersey for Eels legend Peter Sterling, now options greater than 75 jerseys, staff pictures, mugs, golf balls – and a ground made up of an enormous set of Parramatta barbecue mats.
There are even seats from the now-demolished Parramatta Stadium – you identify it, Worner has obtained it in his shrine at Penrith in Sydney’s outer west.
Eels superfan Troy Worner has one of many most spectacular footy memorabilia collections you’re ever prone to see
‘It began from there [Sterling’s jersey], then clearly as a child I began adorning the bed room, after which when Mum and Dad cut up up I went with Mum and that slowly took up somewhat little bit of her home,’ Worner advised Daily Mail Australia.
‘Then I moved in with my now-wife and crammed up a spare room in our townhouse … now it is in a storage that is two and a half automotive lengths lengthy.’
The scale of the collection is breathtaking, however there’s one jersey specifically that stands out, and is actually one in every of a form.
Worner’s incredible shrine to his staff even options seats from Parramatta Stadium, which was demolished in 2017
‘Probably my favorite, one of many most priceless items in right here, is a Willie Tonga match-worn jersey,’ stated Worner.
‘Parramatta was sponsored by [gambling company] Unibet and so they have been going over to play the Warriors, however New Zealand’s obtained playing legal guidelines round promoting.
‘So Unibet gave up their sponsorship to Parramatta to run a contest for followers and members to refill their six circles on the again for every jersey – and my final identify occurs to be six letters.
‘So that was fairly cool. I obtained to select a participant too, and I selected Tonga – who even occurred to be captain within the recreation.’
Troy Worner’s one-of-a-kind jersey bearing his surname, worn by ex-Eels skipper Willie Tonga in a recreation in opposition to the Warriors
One may surprise how a lot this epic collection of memorabilia is price, however given the age and breadth of what’s within the ‘Eel cave’, Worner stated it is virtually inconceivable to ‘put a greenback worth on it’.
‘Of course, there’s lots of posters, as you possibly can see, and newspaper clippings … all the pieces is irreplaceable, in fact,’ he stated.
‘There’s stubby holders, thousands and thousands of these, and hats, golf balls, toothbrushes, ugg boots, playing cards, VHS tapes, eskies and each staff poster from about 1998, signed jerseys, framed photos and many glasses, cups and mugs.’
Worner’s Eels fridge (far left) is adorned with photographs of Nathan Hindmarsh and has grass clippings from the legend’s remaining recreation
The collection options round 75 completely different jerseys, relationship again to the Nineteen Eighties
There’s the fridge adorned with photos of cult determine Nathan Hindmarsh – and, extremely, grass clippings from his final recreation, which was on the previous Parramatta Stadium.
Open the fridge and also you may even discover some Parramatta-labelled beer cans.
Not solely does Worner have this shrine to his beloved staff, he additionally has a podcast referred to as The Parra Cave that has featured interviews with a few of the membership’s most iconic figures.
‘I’ve been lucky sufficient to speak to legends of the sport like Ray Price, Peter Sterling, Brett Kenny, Eric Grothe, each senior and junior, Nathan Hindmarsh,’ Worner defined.
The stars he is spoken to over 111 episodes of the podcast have 16 premierships and 1478 NRL matches between them.
The collection, which is housed in Worner’s enormous storage, even has a customized ground manufactured from Eels BBQ mats
The Eels tackle the Raiders on Friday night time for a do-or-die remaining at CommBank Stadium after happening to arch-rivals Penrith in week one of many finals.
Can they get the job performed?
‘This recreation might be the largest one we have had for the reason that 2009 grand remaining. I believe we’ll hopefully get a floor file. You’ve gotta be assured!’ stated Worner.