"Arrows fans will agree that their team's most glorious hour was their 1932 defeat of the team who were then the European champions, the Vratsa Vultures, in a match that lasted sixteen days in conditions of dense fog and rain."
-- Quidditch Through the Ages (QA7)
robes: pale blue with a silver arrow across the chest (QA7)
Until 1894, when the Department of Magical Games and Sports banned it, supporters of the Appleby Arrows used to celebrate every goal by shooting arrows into the air. The ban came about because one of the arrows pierced through the nose of a referee named Nugent Potts (QA7).
An incident in the mid-seventeenth century during a match against Wimbourne gave the Wimbourne Wasps their name. One of their Beaters flying past a tree on the edge of the pitch noticed a wasps’ nest among the branches and batted it towards the Arrows’ Seeker. The Arrows player was so badly stung that he had to retire from the game (QA7).
There are actually several places called "Appleby" in Britain. Before the appellation of Honorary Quidditch Town was given to Appleby-in-Westmorland by Bloomsbury Books in October 2020, opinion was divided on which four towns in England was the possible home town of the Appleby Arrows Quidditch team.
Lexicon timeline of Quidditch
Lexicon map of Quidditch teams in Britain and Ireland
Lexicon list of British and Irish Quidditch Teams
Although the dates printed on the Daily Prophet Newsletters are:
the timeframe for these events is 1992-1993.
From the Web
Writing by J K Rowling on WizardingWorld.com (Pottermore): The Daily Prophet
Harry Potter Wiki: Appleby Arrows
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