Probably the most successful era for the Club started with several good players leaving Lady manners School at the same time, the majority staying in the area or returning soon after university. The 1st XV had an excellent win/loss record during this period with victories over Rotherham (x4), Matlock (x5), Chesterfield, Lincoln, Paviors and Davenport. This success meant that eleven of the team were selected for Derbyshire, and five played for Notts, Lincs and Derbys.
The team was also active on the 7s circuit, regularly attending the major competitions in the area and performing well. Although 4 times winners of the Derbyshire 7s competition, the highlight was probably losing finalists in the Loughborough 7s to Leicester Tigers in the last minute.
The ability of three of the players was recognised by first class teams in the sixties - John Pearce and Terry Green, who played for Nottingham and Moseley respectively; and Bob Winthrop who played for Bath.