Super Blades men: Sheffield United support hailed as long wait is ended

Manager Chris Wilder paid tribute to Sheffield United's 'unbelievable' support after his side sealed promotion to the Championship on Saturday.

relief and jubilation: Sheffield United players celebrate clinching promotion with a come-from-behind victory at Northampton that sealed their place back in the Championship. (Picture: Sportimage)

United beat Wilder’s former club Northampton Town 2-1 at Sixfields, sparking wild scenes amongst the travelling fans who spilled onto the pitch after both goals.

Billy Sharp was hoisted aloft in the centre circle as a six-season stint in League One was finally ended, and Wilder said: “The biggest part of a club is the supporters and the support we’ve received week in, week out, home and away, has been absolutely unbelievable.

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“And I’m not surprised, because I’ve been in there with them and they deserve it, because they’ve been put through quite a lot over the last six years.”

Before kick-off, United only had to equal Fleetwood’s result at Oldham Athletic to clinch promotion but their 2-0 defeat was rendered irrelevant as goals from Leon Clarke and John Fleck sealed the Blades’ 11th away win of a remarkable campaign.

There was double cause for celebration in South Yorkshire as Doncaster Rovers defeated Mansfield Town 1-0 to seal their promotion from League Two, 12 months after being relegated to the basement division.

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