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"...death is coming for me as surely as the Chudley Cannons will finish bottom of this year's league."
Albus Dumbledore, commenting on the certainty of his imminent death[src]

The Chudley Cannons are a British Quidditch team that played in the British and Irish Quidditch League and, in 1972, participated in the International Quidditch Tournament. They wear bright orange robes, and their logo includes two black Cs and a speeding cannonball. They have won the League Cup twenty-one times, the last time in 1892; many consider their glory days to be over. There is a Chudley Cannons Fan Club.


The club motto was "We shall conquer" until 1972, the same year that they played in the International Quidditch Tournament, when it was changed to "Let's all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best".



Chudley Cannons is founded.[1]


The Chudley Cannons won the League for the last time.

20th century

"Chudley Cannons manager Ragmar Dorkins collapsed with shock on Saturday after his team succeeded in beating the Falmouth Falcons..."
—Sports page of the Daily Prophet[src]
Canhões de Chudley

In 1931 the Cannons won the Josef Wronski Award for Excellent Pitch Skills.

In 1972 the team played in the International Quidditch Tournament and changed their official motto.

In August 1992 the Cannons were ninth in the League.[5]

In 1998 the Appleby Arrows defeated the Chudley Cannons in the summer, aided by a pathetic performance by Cannon's Seeker Galvin Gudgeon. The Cannons were at the bottom of the table on 31 July.[2]

In 1999 the Chudley Cannons broke a sixteen-game losing streak by drawing with the Caerphilly Catapults. On 8 February they languished bottom of the League with 230 points. The Cannons narrowly defeated Wigtown Wanderers in Bodmin Moor. On 1 June the Falmouth Falcons were the team at the bottom of the League. The Cannons then defeated the Falcons in Exmoor, keeping the Falcons in bottom place. The shock of the victory caused the Cannons' manager Ragmar Dorkins to collapse. On 1 October the Chudley Cannons were in eleventh place in the League.[2]


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Ragmar Dorkins (Manager)

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Behind the scenes


A Chudley Cannons badge

  • They are Ron Weasley's favourite team. The bedspread, walls, and ceiling of his room at the Burrow were all decorated in a "violent shade of orange", and posters of the team's players covered nearly every inch of the walls, and he owned a team badge. In 1997, Harry Potter used magic on his poster, making it temporarily turn blue.
  • Chudley Cannons logo

    Chudley Cannons' logo

    J. K. Rowling, when asked if the Chudley Cannons would ever win a game, replied that "they'd need to replace the entire team and down several cauldrons of Felix Felicis."
  • In the 8 February 1999 edition of the Daily Prophet, 'Chudley Cannon memorabilia - fan making "clean break"', is an advertisement in the 'For Sale' section.[2]
  • They have a certain resemblance to the American Major League Baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, in that they have a notoriously strong fanbase as well as a legendary reputation for not having won the championship in their respective sports for over a century.


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