The Steel City boy forging a golden era at Sheffield United: How no-nonsense Chris Wilder has risen through the divisions to earn Premier League spot for ’25,000 mates’ at Bramall Lane

While Sheffield United will be tipped to last just one season back in the Premier League, you’d be advised not to write off their local hero manager Chris Wilder and players who continually defy expectations.

Huddersfield and Cardiff both made good fists of their first seasons in the Premier League and Burnley, whose squad has similarites with The Blades, are practically established in the top flight now.

Sheffield United are arguably a bigger club than any of those mentioned above with a history and tradition that dates back to winning the old First Division in 1898 and scoring the first goal of the Premier League era, Brian Deane against Manchester United in 1992.

As Wilder goes for the Championship title on Saturday at Stoke City, Sportsmail assesses why Sheffield United are heading for the Premier League – and what they can expect next.


Sheffield is the Steel City, and a football hotbed. United, in their red-and-white stripes, like to see themselves as the working man’s team compared to the more trendy Wednesday. It’s a similar situation to the one on Merseyside between Everton and Liverpool.

They were one of the major forces in the early years of association football and four of their five major trophies were collected by 1915. The fifth, the FA Cup, was also won a long time ago – 1925.

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