Melbourne win by 9 points
With the British Opposition Leader, and future Prime Minister, Edward Heath in the stands the two sides played a high scoring first quarter to set the match up as an exciting spectacle, before the second term saw Footscray add just one goal and the Demons 0.6, to give Melbourne a five point lead at the long break.
Footscray took control through the centre in the third quarter, and by the last change they were three points in front, but in a thrilling last quarter it was Hassa Mann, Tassie Johnson and Brian Dixon who carried the Demons over the line. Dixon had a hand in the first two goals of the last quarter before Mann took a strong pack mack to goal and extend the margin. Johnson spent the last few minutes as a rock in the heart of defence, and in front of the visiting dignitary the Demons earned four points.
Best were Johnson, Mann and Roet.
Melbourne 12.17 d. Footscray 9.13
Goals - Dowsing 3, Aubrey 2, Fahey 2, Forster 2, Lees 1, Walker 1, Clark 1
Best - D. Clarke, K. Osborne, Catlin
Footscray 12.11 d. Melbourne 4.10
Goals - McLean 1, O'Farrell 1, Sampson 1, Wells 1
Best - Swift, Jenkin, Callery