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The Penrith Panthers are a professional Rugby League club based at the foot of the Blue Mountains around 35 miles west of the city centre of Sydney in Australia.
They were formed in 1966 and since then they have gone onto win a number of league title and Minor Premierships but they have also ‘won’ a number of wooden spoon.
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The club play at the Penrith Stadium, also known down the years by a number of sponsored names, which is a decent size modern-ish stadium capable of hosting around 22,500 fans when full.
The ground can help to create a big match atmosphere, especially when a rival club are in town but it also has to be said that it is missing a lot of the facilities of more modern stadium in the competition.
It is perhaps no surprise that the ground will close at the end of the 2002 season, with the club playing elsewhere for 2 seasons, whilst a new ground is built on the same plot.
The club are based in the city of Penrith, which sits at the foot of the beautiful Blue Mountains, around 30 miles to the west of the city centre of Sydney.
The region is still classed as the Greater Western Sydney region and Penrith are thought of as a Sydney club but there is a strong felling in the city that they are independent.
That is a similar sentiment the club holds as they have often seen themselves as a major part of the culture of the city and that has only grown by the success the club has attained and by the number of local juniors the club have nurtured into superstars of the sport.
The Panthers are a club with a number of nicknames including the Pink Panthers, due to playing in pink away strips from time to time and the Mountain Men due to their location.
Another nickname of the Liquorice Allsorts, comes from their playing strip that features black, red, yellow, and green.
The sport has a long history in the Penrith region with clubs having played out of the city between 1912-1966 under the guises of the Western Suburbs.
During that time, they have played in the Western Districts League, the Parramatta Competition, and the 2nd tier Sydney competition and that helped develop lots of talent in the region.
It was no surprise therefore when a Penrith club would go onto join the NSWRL in 1966, especially as they won the 2nd tier title in 1966.
The clubs first season saw them finish 2nd from bottom in the league table, with only fellow new comers Cronulla Sharks finishing below them.
The next season saw them finish 8th but that proved to be a false dawn as the club struggled on for the next decade or so.
The club had always managed to create new players but they struggle to keep hold of any that showed promise but that started to change in the 1980’s when the likes of Greg alexander would help them to reach the play-offs for the time in 1985.
They continued to build on that and in 1990, they would go onto reach their first ever Grand Final but ultimately they would come up short with a loss to the Raiders.
They would put that behind them quickly by making the next Grand Final as well but this time they would go onto to pick up their first ever Premiership title with a revenge win against Canberra.
That would see them take on Wigan in the World Club Challenge but they were heavily beaten 21 points to 4.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t match those performances over the next few years due to something outside of their control and due to losing a number of big names but they did make it into the finals in 1997 during the Super League wars period.
The club first visit to the end of season knock out games in the newly established NRL (National Rugby League) came in 2000 but they would struggle the next seaosn and pickup their first wooden spoon.
That would see them take on the Bradford Bulls but once again they would come up short in the World Club Challenge.
The next few years saw the club move back into the pack and become a mid-table side challenging to just reach the play-offs but between 2013-15, the club spent heavily and rebuilt almost from the ground up.
That saw them see a number of play-off campaigns before a disappointing 2019, but that was soon put behind them as they would reach the 2020 and 2021 Grand Final.
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