In 1952 Ray Von Einem was named best ruckman in the Norwood junior colts team. In the same year he was selected as a follower resting in the back pocket, in the senior colts grand final versus Port Adelaide.
In 1953 he was the senior colts "Best Placed Man".
He started the 1954 season on the reserves training list, and the following year made his league debut in round 3, against Port Adelaide at Alberton. Norwood were beaten in a thriller: 10.14 to 11.10. Von Einem played 11 games in his debut season and was named "Best First Year Follower".
Late in the 1955 season he was one of Norwood's very best players in the Reserves Preliminary Final loss to North Adelaide.
Named as a back pocket/follower, Von Einem played in the 1956 night final victory against South Adelaide. During the year he made nine league appearances, seven reserves and was recognised with a services rendered award.
It was hoped the tall prospect would recover fully from a knee cartilage operation in 1957, but unfortunately he was restricted to a couple of reserves games for Norwood.
He returned to senior football in 1958, again as a follower resting in the back pocket, but struggled to hold down a regular spot in the side and only played five league games for the season. His 12 games in the reserves included the Grand Final against Port Adelaide.
Von Einem was named 20th man in an end of season night game against Footscray at Norwood.
R Cialini January 2020