Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland

        The necessity for keeping the game of Quidditch secret from Muggles means that' the Department of Magical Games and Sports has had to limit the
number of games played each year. While amateur games are permitted as long as the appropriate guidelines are followed, professional Quidditch teams
have been limited in number since 1674 when the League was established. At that time, the thirteen best Quidditch teams in Britain and Ireland were
selected to join the League and all others were asked to disband. The thirteen teams continue to compete each year for the League Cup. 

Appleby Arrows 
        This northern, English   was founded in 1612. Its robes are pale blue, emblazoned with a silver arrow. 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. The club supporters, old practice of shooting arrows into the air from their wands every time one of their Chasers scored
was banned by the Department of Magical Games and Sports in 1894, when one of these weapons pierced the referee Nugen Potts through the nose.
There is traditionally fierce rivalry between the Arrows and the Wimbourne Wasps (see below).

Ballycastle Bats 
        Northern Ireland's most celebrated Quidditch team has won the Quidditch League a total of twenty - seven times to date, making it the second most
successful in the Leagues history. The Bats wear black robes with a scarlet bat across the chest. Their famous mascot Barny the Fruitbat is also well
known as the bat featured Butterbeer advertisements (Barny says: I'm just batty about Butterbeer!).

Caerphilly Catapults 
        The Welsh Catapullts, formed in 1402, wear vertical striped robes of light green and scarlet. The distinguished club history includes eighteen League wins
and a famous triumph in the European Cup final of 1956 when they defeated the :Norwegian Karasjok Kites. tragic demise of their most famous player,
"Daiigerov Dai Llewellyn, who was eaten by a Chimaera while on a holiday in Mykonos, Greece, resulted in a day of national mourning for all Welsh
witches and wizards. The Dangerous Dai Commemorative Medal is now awarded the end of each season to the League player who has taken the most
exciting and foolhardy risks during a game.

Chudley Cannons 
        The Chudley Cannons' glory days may be considered by many to be over, but their devoted fails live in hope of a renaissance. The Cannons. have won
the League twenty - one times, but the last time they did so was in 1892 u their performance over the last century has be lacklustre. The Chudley Cannons
wear robes of bright orange. emblazoned with a speeding cannon ball and a double "C" in black. The club motto was changed in 1972 From "We shall
conquer" to "Let's all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best."

Falmouth Falcons 
        The Falcons wear dark - grey and white robes with a falcon - head emblem across the chest. The Falcons are known for hard play, a reputation
consolidated by their world - famous Beaters, Kevin and Karl Broadmoor, who played for the club from 1958 to 1969 and whose antics resulted in no
fewer than fourteen suspensions from the Department of Magical Games and Sports. Club motto: "Let us win, but if we cannot win, let is break a few
heads."

The Holyhead Harpies 
        The Holyhead Harpies is a very old Welsh club (founded 1203), unique among Quidditch teams around the world because it has only ever hired witches.
Harpy robes are dark green with a golden talon upon the chest. The Harpies' defeat of the Heidelberg Harriers in 1953 is widely agreed to have been one
of the finest games ever seen. Fought over a seven - day period, the game was brought to an end by a spectacular Snitch capture by the Harpy Seeker
Glynnis Griffiths. The Harriers' Captain Rudolf Brand famously dismounted from his broom at the end of the match and proposed marriage to his opposite
number, Gwendolyn Morgan, who concussed him with her Cleansweep Five.

Kenmare Kestrels 
        This Irish side was founded in 1291 and is popular world wide for the spirited displays of their leprechaun mascots and the accomplished harp playing of
their supporters. The Kestrels wear emerald - green robes with two yellow "K"s back to back on the chest. Darren O'Hare, Kestrel Keeper 1947 - 60,
captained the Irish National Team three times and is credited with the invention of the Chaser Hawkshead Attacking Formation.

Montrose Magpies 
        The Magpies are the most successful team in the history of the British and Irish League, which, they have won thirty - two times.  Twice European
Champions, the Magpies have fans across the globe.  Their many outstanding players include the Seeker Eunice Murray (died 1942), who once petitioned
for a "faster Snitch because this is just too easy," and Hamish MacFarlan (Captain 1957 - 68), who followed his successful Quidditch career with an
equally illustrious period as Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports. The Magpies wear black and white robes with one magpie on the chest
and another on the back.

Pride of Portree 
        This team comes from the Isle of Skye, where it was founded in 1292. The "Prides, as they are known to their fans, wear deep - purple robes with a gold
star on the chest. Their most famous Chaser, Catriona McCormack, captained the team to two League wins in the 1960s, and played for Scotland thirty -
six times:  Her daughter Meaghan currently plays Keeper for the team. (Her son Kirley is lead guitarist with the popular wizarding band The Weird
Sisters.)

Puddlemere United 
        Founded in 1163, Puddlemere United is the oldest team in the League. Puddlemere has twenty - two, League wins and two European Cup triumphs to its
credit. Its team anthem "Beat Back Those Bludgers, Boys, and Chuck That Quaffle Here" was recently recorded by the singing sorceress Celestina
Warbeek to raise funds for St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. Puddlemere players wear navy - blue robes bearing the club emblem
of two crossed golden bulrushes.

Tutshill Tornados 
        The Tornados wear sky - blue robes with a double "I" in dark blue on the chest and back. Founded in 1520, the Tornados enjoyed their greatest period of
success in the early twentieth century when, captained by Seeker Roderick Plumpton, they won the League Cup five times in a row, a British and Irish
record. Roderick Plumpton played Seeker for England twenty - two times and holds the British record for fastest capture of a Snitch during a game (three
and a half seconds, against Caerphilly Catapults, 1921).

Wigtown Wanderers 
         This Borders dub was founded in 1422 by the seven offspring of a wizarding butcher named Walter Parkin. The four brothers and three sisters were by all
accounts a formidable team who rarely lost a match, partly, it is said, because of the intimidation felt by opposing teams at the sight of Walter standing on
the sidelines with a wand in one hand and a meat cleaver in the other. A Parkin descendant has often been found on the Wigtown team over the centuries
and in tribute to their origins, the players wear blood - red robes with a silver meat cleaver upon the chest.

Wimbourne Wasps 
        The Wimbourne Wasps wear horizontally striped robes of yellow and black with a wasp upon their chests. Founded
in 1312, the Wasps have. been eighteen times League winners and twice semifinalists in the European Cup. They are alleged to have taken their name
from a nasty incident which occurred during a match against the Appleby 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. Wimbourne won and thereafter adopted the wasp as their lucky emblem:  Wasp fans (also known as "Stingers") traditionally buzz loudly to
distract opposing Chasers when they are taking penalties. 

This Information Came From 
Quidditch Through The Ages 
by Kenniworthy Whisp