1950-1960

The 50’s

The formation of the National Football League in July 1959, was an important development in South African football because it heralded the arrival of the professional game. Its growth was to exceed all expectations and was a necessary stepping stone towards breaking down political as well as football barriers. The National Football League, the first professional league in the country, was formed in 1959. It was to be 17 years later that Wits would finally earn a place in the NFL First Division.