Almost inevitable promotion for The Blades to provide a breath of fresh air for Sheffield 

Sheffield United find themselves one win away from returning to the Premier League, which will send the red half of the city into jubilation.

This would not only benefit the club, but the Steel city as a whole.

Adam Oxley, of BBC Radio Sheffield said: “There’s no doubt Premier League football would once again put Sheffield firmly on the map; for business, tourism and other sectors, given the international prominence of the richest league in the world. “

Callum Cheswick, Sheffield United fan and commentator for Sheffield Sports Comms said: “There will likely be more away fans and things like that coming to watch their teams at Bramall Lane which can only help boost revenue of local businesses around the Steel City also.

“The biggest players, clubs, coaches would all be visiting the Steel City again, and that will provide a real draw for fans and TV viewers from across the globe.”

They host ninth placed West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night at 8pm in what will be a lively Bramall Lane for their penultimate home game of the season.

The club have however issued a statement telling fans to not storm the pitch at full-time, with the potential of violence.

This comes a year after Blades captain Billy Sharp was assaulted by being head butted and knocked to the ground by a Nottingham Forest supporter at the City Ground.

Mr Cheswick said: “As much as I and I’m sure the club hope, that the fans stay off the pitch, I think it is more likely than not to happen should the Blades get promoted on Wednesday night.”

This comes after a successful run in the FA Cup was ended at Wembley against European giants and Premier League outfit Manchester City.

Mr Oxley said the semi final was “viewed by many supporters as a promotion party, and we can expect another party atmosphere at Bramall Lane this week if Paul Heckingbottom’s side get the job done.

“I’d expect an open top bus parade to follow if promotion is secured, with a civic reception at Sheffield Town Hall.”

The last time Sheffield United were promoted in 2019, the city rejoiced with an open top bus parade and ecstatic fans clambering on top of lampposts. 

Celebrations are expected to run into the night in the city centre as they look to confirm their place in the top flight of English football via automatic promotion.

Written by Lewis Railton

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