"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)
They are fierce rivals of the Wimbourne Wasps (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).
They also defeated the then-champion Vratsa Vultures in a 16-day upset match in 1932 (QA7).
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: Appleby (North Lincolnshire), Appleby-in-Westmorland, Appleby Magna, Appleby Parva.
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
WizardingWorld.com (Pottermore) features:
- The British and Irish Quidditch League
- British and Irish Quidditch teams to support
- Quidditch Through the Ages
Harry Potter Wiki: Appleby Arrows