Sheffield Wednesday owner congratulates Sheffield United on promotion to the Premier League

Sheffield United v Ipswich Town - Sky Bet Championship

Sheffield United will be playing in the Premier League next season after securing their promotion from the Championship.

Leeds United’s 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Sunday guaranteed a spot in the top two for the Blades, who haven’t played in the top flight since 2007.

"It's one of the greatest days of my life, 100 per cent," manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"To see it over the line today, surrounded by my players and my family, to see us back in the Premier League is truly incredible.

"What a day to be a Blade. Next season will be a fabulous experience for everyone involved."

Seeing Sheffield United in the Premier League is, of course, a tough pill to swallow for Sheffield Wednesday fans.

The Steel City derby is one of the biggest derbies in English football, with the first meeting being staged in 1890.

Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United - Sky Bet Championship

Wednesday congratulate United 

Wednesday won that match 2-1 but it’s now United who are on top.

And, strangely enough, Wednesday have actually congratulated their rivals on their promotion.

Yes, really.

Owner Dejphon Chansiri has released a statement claiming United’s triumph “can only benefit Sheffield” and wishing United well in the Premier League.

The statement reads: “Few things in life unite and divide opinion like football.

“But one thing at this stage of every season is undebatable and I would like to offer the warm congratulations of everyone at Sheffield Wednesday to everyone at our neighbours Sheffield United for their achievement of promotion.

“We may be rivals but we are friends of the same city that holds such unique tradition in the football world.

Sheffield Wednesday v Preston North End - Sky Bet Championship

“Recognition in the Premier League can only benefit Sheffield and we wish United well, whilst promising our loyal supporters that we will be giving our absolute best to ensure Wednesday will be tasting the same success this time next year.

“We must also congratulate Norwich City on their promotion and offer our commiserations to Ipswich Town, Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham United. We wish you a speedy return to the Championship.

“- Dejphon Chansiri.”


It’s gone down just about as badly as you would expect.

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