Origins of inter-league footy?

Neil Barter asks:

Inter-league footy had to begin somewhere.

So does anyone know the earliest year when recorded inter-league footy ever took place?
Can anyone go back further than 1954 when the Tallangatta League played the Ovens and King League to raise money for the family of a player who had drownned in the Murray River. He left a wife and seven kids?


  1. Peter Clark says

    Just stumbled on your post Neil. To help answer your question about the origins of inter-league football, the Ovens and Murray League played both the South West League and the NSW Football League in 1952. The next year they played against the Bendigo League at Echuca to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. My Dad was at that game and I still have his match program.

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