Two games on the same day
The thought of deeming two games on the same day to be first-team games is an uncomfortable one for the statistical purists, and we would usually try to shy away from doing such a thing. As things stand however, there are 5 occasions where first-team status was afforded twice on the same day, for reasons various. There may yet be one or two conversations still to be had on this issue!
Two games on the same day
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Sat-01-Sep-1900 [a] (3-0) W4-0 King's Park (Friendly)
Sat-01-Sep-1900 [h] (0-2) W5-2 Dumbarton (Friendly)
– Thistle put out two strong line-ups on this day (Tom Wilkie; William Haggart; ?; Tom Harvey; ?; William Goudie; Willie Freebairn; Tom Hyslop; James Henderson; Murray [i]; Tom Atherton versus Dumbarton and Alexander Mackie; Robert Campbell; Andy Wilson; James Bryce; David Proudfoot; William McDonald [i]; David Campbell; Geordie McNicoll; Willie Paul; Walter Fairgrieve; Wyllie versus Kings Park. No newspaper reports that we've seen differentiate with a suffix for Partick Thistle and we have no problem in listing this one as a first-team doubler. The SR (31/8/1900) wrote: “Although without a League match the Partick Thistle will not be idle: on the contrary, they will be double engaged with a view to keeping all their players in harness. They have Dumbarton at Meadowside, while another eleven travels to Stirling, where King's Park will be engaged. Their visit to Stirling should create great interest in the town of the Rock, as it will be the first visit of the First Leaguers to the district for a considerable time.
Sat-16-Oct-1909 [a] (0-1) L1-2 Bathgate (Scottish Qualifying Cup 4th Round)
Sat-16-Oct-1909 [a] (1-0) W3-1 Airdrieonians (SFL First Division - game 7)
– Thistle got themselves into a bit of a kerfuffle at this time, due to Firhill being hired out for junior matches. One of the consequences of that was 'ceding home advantage to Bathgate in the Scottish Qualifying Cup and having to agree to a match date which conflicted with a League fixture. It seems that the club wasn't overly fussed on the issue, having already qualified for the Scottish Cup proper anyway. The first team stopped at Airdrie, whilst the reserves carried on to Bathgate. Due to the unusual nature of the Bathgate game, i.e. reserves fulfilling a first team engagement, there are seven players who feature in the first team A to Z story for the one and only time owing to this game.
Mon-31-Jul-1978 [a] (1-0) W5-0 Brora Rangers (Friendly)
Mon-31-Jul-1978 [a] (1-3) L1-3 East Kilbride Thistle (Alex Japp Testimonial)
– The first team proper was on highland tour duty on this day (Alan Rough; George Mackie; Brian Whittaker; John Marr; Colin McAdam; Alex O'Hara; Bobby Houston; Ally Love; Jim Melrose; Dougie Somner; Ian McDonald) but Thistle worked things out to ensure a strong side (Billy Thomson; Andy Anderson; Danny Kellachan; Alan Kay; John Hansen; Jackie Campbell; Jamie Doyle; Ian Gibson; Ronnie Sheed; Sandy Frame; David Stevenson) was despatched to East Kilbride for Alex Japp's testimonial, as promised.
Sat-06-Aug-1988 [a] (0-0) W2-0 Petershill / Glasgow Perthshire XI (John Connelly Benefit)
Sat-06-Aug-1988 [a] (0-0) W2-0 Ballymena United (Friendly)
– Officially, the first team proper were on a tour of Northern Ireland but a strong side (Paul Graham; Alan Dinnie; Joe Mosson; Kenny Watson; Paul Maher; Bobby Law; Ian McDonald; Willie McGuire; Kenny Ashwood; Gerry McCoy; Steve Gallagher) remained in Glasgow to honour the late John Connelly.
Thu-10-Jul-2008 [a] (0-2) L0-3 Stranraer (Friendly)
Thu-10-Jul-2008 [a] (2-0) W2-1 Ayr United (Friendly)
– Somehow, Thistle managed to get themselves double-booked on this Thursday night, and ended up stretching out to two makeshift sides with low bench numbers to try and oblige each host. Ian McCall took the stronger side to Ayr, whilst Gerry Britton took charge for the trip further down the road.


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