But that's exactly what happened last night.
The FA Youth Cup semi final first leg was a chance to put aside all the recent problems and go head to head with the oldest rivals that Blackburn Rovers have. No Kean/Venky's put downs, no in-house fan scrapping and no relegation battle stress.
In short, a cracking occasion full of the sort of passion, fire and fan support that has been lost since the Jack Walker days. I'd even go as far to say it was the best atmosphere at a Rovers home match since the last time we took on that bunch from down the road in the Premier League (cheap shot alert - you know, back when they played in that league).
And to say that about a crowd that barely touches half of what a normal first team match day attendance does is a testament to those who made the effort to renew local hostilities. The Ronnie Clayton End in particular was in raucous voice.
The fans were even treated to a glimpse into the future. We as fans have heard of promising players like goalkeeper Matt Urwin, Hugo Fernandez and Raheem Hanley but to witness them first hand was a treat as you always get something from the youngsters that you don't always get from the overpaid prima donnas of the warped Premier League world - a passion for the shirt and a will to do their very best.
Heck, I'd even go as a far to chuck a couple of them into first team proceedings if/when we wrap up survival so as to give them a taste of what they can strive to achieve with even more effort.
It was such a joy to see smiles on the faces of the Rovers faithful for the first time in a long while and even if it was only fleeting, a return back to the roots of what makes Blackburn Rovers special was a trip I'd take again and again if I could.
If only we could do it again? Oh, next Wednesday you say? Outstanding.