Liverpool and Reading fans joined together to pay a poignant tribute to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster before Saturday's Premier League match - before falling out over Margaret Thatcher.
The match fell two days until the 24th anniversary of the tragedy, and a floral tribute in memory of the Liverpool fans who died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest was laid in the centre circle before kick off.
Reading chairman Sir John Madejski had floated the idea of a minute's silence for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher following her death on Monday at the age of 87.
That idea was dismissed, with a silent tribute instead to the 96 fans whose deaths sparked a pursuit of justice by their families which has so far lasted almost a quarter of a century.
While that minute was respectfully observed, the drumming of the rain audible on the stadium roof, it took only three minutes for the visiting fans to show their scorn for the late PM, in power at the time of the disaster and a focus for hatred due to the cover-up that followed.
Songs celebrating Thatcher's death had been sung on buses and outside the stadium by pockets of fans before kick off, and with the game barely begun "Ole, ole, Maggie's dead, dead, dead" was being sung by the away end.
When Reds fans began singing about having a party and doing the conga 15 minutes later it was too much for many Reading fans, who booed, jeered then hit back with "Always the victims" and "We pay your benefits", temporarily creating a fairly poisonous atmosphere.
The death of Baroness Thatcher has divided the nation, with some lauding her as having restored he country to greatness and fully deserving of the ?10million ceremonial funeral with full military honours which will take place on Wednesday, while others see the damage her policies did to communities.
Her death brought people out for a smattering of street parties on Monday night.
Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead, from The Wizard of Oz, is heading for number one in Sunday's top 40 after a campaign by Thatcher critics.