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"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)

Appleby Arrows 

A Quidditch team based in Appleby, England and founded in 1612 (QA7).

robes: pale blue with a silver arrow across the chest (QA7)
home: Appleby

Seeker: Gregory Cotton (DP3)

Fierce rivals of the Wimbourne Wasps, who got their name during a match against the Arrows in the mid-seventeenth century, when a Beater flying past a tree on the edge of the pitch noticed a wasps' nest among the branches and batted it towards the Arrows' Seeker, who was so badly stung that he had to retire from the game (QA7).

In 1814 the Arrows were the opposing team in a match against the Banchory Bangers, whose antics saw that team banned from playing after several International Statute of Secrecy violations (QA5).

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).

They also defeated the then-champion Vratsa Vultures in a 16-day upset match in 1932 (QA7).

According to the Daily Prophet, the Arrows won a match against the Chudley Cannons 350-0 when the Cannons' Seeker missed obvious opportunities to catch the Snitch (DP1).

The Arrows later lost to the Ballycastle Bats, who were seeking to overtake the league leading Tutshill Tornados (DP2).

During a subsequent match played against Pride of Portree, Seeker Gregory Cotton had his head turned into a cabbage by the opposing team's Seeker (DP3).

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Notes

There are several places called "Appleby" in Britain: Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria; Appleby Magna and Appleby Parva in Leicestershire; and Appleby in Lincolnshire. None of them have a Quidditch team (or any other sports team) listed in their Wikipedia entries:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appleby,_North_Lincolnshire,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appleby-in-Westmorland,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appleby_Magna,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appleby_Parva.
team names Appleby Arrows
Although the dates printed on the Daily Prophet Newsletters are DP1: 31 July 1998, DP2: 8 February 1999, DP3: 1 June 1999 and DP4: 1 October 1999, the timeframe for those events is 1992-1993.

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