Nicknames: Mountain Men, Chocolate Soldiers, Pennies
Ground: Panthers Stadium
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The Panthers have a long history, full of success and failure and whilst they are close enough to Sydney to have strong rivalries with teams from the sports heartland, they are based far enough away in the foot of the beautiful Blue Mountains to have their regional support and identity.
The club are known for having some of the most vocal fans and whilst they cannot match bigger clubs in terms of numbers, when full, their home ground is a match for any in terms of the support given and that makes for the perfect setting no matter who the club are facing.
Penrith have a unique look and identity that make them easy to recognise whenever they take to the field.
The club have been synonymous with Phil Gould for much of their history and whilst he has now severed ties with the club, he has had a lasting impact on the club, for both good and bad reasons as is the case for everything the polarising former player, coach, manager, and pundit touches.
Penrith Panthers NRL
Penrith are a club that have overcome years of struggle as they looked to establish themselves as a professional club to where they are now often thought of as one of the best run clubs in the country and as a relatively small club in a huge region dominated by the sport, they have continued to punch above their weight and represent the city of Penrith well.
The club is the biggest in the region and they attract fans from all of the far west of Sydney which helps the club attract decent attendances and support when they play away in the big city itself.
The club are based in the city of Penrith in the state of new South Wales, which sits around 30 miles due west of the Sydney central business district (CBD), which on the banks of the Nepean River at the foot of the Blue Mountains.
The city is one of 4 that are part of the Greater Sydney metropolitan District and as such it has good road and rail links with the city itself.
Penrith’s home stadium has underdone lots of changes down the years which has included a lot of different names been attached to it, these have mostly been down to sponsorship arrangements including with the likes of Pepper (which saw it become Pepper Stadium) and BlueBet (which saw it become BlueBet Stadium) but it is known to many as simply Panthers Stadium or Penrith Stadium.
Other former names have included Penrith Park, Penrith Football Stadium, Credit Union Australia Stadium, Centrebet Stadium, Sportingbet Stadium, and the McGrath Foundation Stadium.
The Panthers home ground is one of the more basic grounds in the league and features a mixture of seating and standing to give a capacity of a little over 22,000 fans but when full it can match any other for atmosphere.
Just as the clubs ground has featured lots of names down the years, the club also have lots of nicknames including the Panthers, the Liquorice Allsorts, the Riff, the Chocolate Soldiers, the Mountain Men, Penny, and from time to time the club play in a pink kit leading to the obvious nickname of the Pink Panthers.
The club have 2 main rivalries, both against Sydney clubs with their biggest rivalry being with the Parramatta Eels.
The Eels are the closest side geographically and Penrith used to come under the leadership of the Parramatta Rugby League.
The clubs 2nd biggest rivalry is against the Cronulla Sharks, with this rivalry been an historical one going back to 1967 when both clubs entered the NSWRL and both clubs struggled against each other to avoid the wooden spoon for much of both sides early existence.
As two relatively similar sized clubs from relatively close to each other, their have been a number of players that have switch allegiance between the 2 sides which has continued to fuel the feud.
Colours / Playing Kit
The Panther solve stadium name changes, they love multiple nicknames and they also love club colours!
After first wanting to utile a blue playing kit, with a white chevron, the decision was made for amore unique colour scheme to differentiate themselves from teams such as Canterbury and Cronulla.
The decision was chosen to go with Brown and a white chevron and that is where the chocolate soldiers nickname originates.
They then changed to brown and white stripes and then to predominately black with whited, red, yellow, and green stripes and that design led to their Liquorice Allsorts nickname.
After the end of the Super League wars, the club moved to a black, rust, teal, and white colour scheme before moving to a largely black strip with ‘claw’ marks down the side.
His then changed to a black and grey scheme before the club resorts backed to a mostly black strip with red, green, and yellow stripes.
Away kits have mostly been white but they have also used pink kits for special rounds including cancer awareness and women in league rounds.
With all of the at in mind, it is often difficult to say just what there colours are but black, red, green, yellow, and white tend to feature the most often.
Penrith started life in the professional game in 1967 and after starting with a 2nd to last place finish, the club moved up to 8th by their second season.
That upward momentum was short lived however as the club continued to struggle towards the foot of the table and even picked up the wooden spoon for finishing in last place in both 1973 and 1980.
It took until the 1985 season before they reached the end of season finals for the first time thanks to some great local juniors coming through into the first team.
That helped the club to build over the next few season which led to their first Grand Finals starting in 1990, when they lost to the Canberra Raiders and in 1991, when they once again met the Raiders in the final but this time they came away with the win and their first silverware.
That win led to them facing the Wigan Warriors in the World Club Challenge but they were beaten 21-4 by the English side.
Unfortunately, those height were soon forgotten about as the club struggled for much of the 1990’s, which was not helped by the decision to leave and join the breakaway Super League, which led to a number of their stars leave.
The cub did enjoy a good end to the decade however with a trip to the semi-finals of the newly formed NRL in 2000, but they lost to the Eels.
That did seem to be the kickstart for more success to come however as they built from their over the next few years before reaching the 2003 Grand Final when they defeated the Roosters to pick up another title.
Once again, that saw them head over to the UK to play in the World Club Challenge but once again came up short in a 22-4 loss to the Bradford Bulls.
The rest of the decade saw the club enjoy steady but unspectacular season before a 2nd place finish in the league for the 2010 season but the club fell away in the play-offs.
That proved to be a false dawn however and the club went back to been a middle of road side but towards the end of the 2010’s, things started to ramp up once more and despite power struggles off of the field, on the field they continued to impress which finished with the club winning the 2020 Minor Premiership but lost in the Grand Final to Melbourne.
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The Penrith Panthers are a West Sydney based Rugby League team who are probably one of the most under rated teams in the NRL.
Playing in the hot bed of Rugby league that is Sydney, the Panthers often struggle to get the media recognition they deserve but now thanks to the internet if you would like to watch Penrith Panthers games you can do live.