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“What’s the shortest gap between two competitive fixtures?” tweets Martin Doyle. “Has a professional team in living memory had to play twice in a day?”

The short answer is yes, though some have involved wholly different sets of players. “If you go back a century or more, this wasn’t unusual, and arose from teams who were unable to play in midweek (no floodlights) and having to cram in postponed games before an end-of-season deadline,” writes Andrew Wright, citing several in Scotland including Celtic’s wins over Raith and Motherwell on 15 April 1916.

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