On this day: Sheffield United seal promotion to the Premier League
A photo of the Sheffield United promotion parade after the season had concluded (Credit - George Wood/Getty Images)

It has now been 365 days since Sheffield United booked their ticket to return to the top flight of English football. 

After defeating an already relegated Ipswich side on the Saturday 2-0 thanks to goals from Scott Hogan and Jack O'Connell in front of a raucous Bramall Lane crowd to all but seal promotion, all eyes turned to Elland Road on the Sunday.

  • Bielsa's fairplay hands rivals promotion

Leeds and Aston Villa drew 1-1 with one of most pecuiliar moments of the season in which Leeds let Villa score after Mateusz Klich had carried on playing and scored for Leeds when Jonathan Kodjia went down injured. This sparked a heated brawl on the pitch and in the dug out, Anwar El Ghazi was shown a red card after appearing the hit Patrick Bamford but the replayed showed he barely touched him.

Leeds, in particular Pontus Jansson were hesistant to let Villa back into game due to what was at stake but manager Marcelo Bielsa ensured that Leeds did the right thing and let Albert Adomah walk the ball in to the net from kick off.

Even if Leeds had won it would of required a goal difference turnaround on a monumental scale on the final day of the season to prevent the Blades from going up.

Despite the bizarre nature of the game at Elland Road, Sheffield United did not care, they were over the line and knew they would be playing Premier League football the following season. 

  • Sheffield United's extraordinary journey

Chris Wilder became manager of his boyhood club in 2016 as the club were coming off the back of their worst league season since the 1980s and reignited the passion of the historic club.

Earning the League One title in his first season, gaining 100 points in the process. The following season earning a very resepctable 10th place in the first season back in the Championship which included the historic 4-2 victory away at arch rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Doing all of this on a tight budget due to the joint owners being in dispute at the time and then earning promotion to the Premier League in his third season at the club was simply incredible. 

Before the Covid-19 pandemic the Blades were fighting for a european spot in the Premier League, something Sheffield United fans thought they would never see when they were loitering in League 1 less than five years ago. 

Sheffield United continue to defy the odds every time they step foot on the pitch. Who knows where they will be one year from know?

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