Sunday sees Sheffield United go into our final Championship battle of the campaign as we head to the Bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City, but whatever happens in the game, Yorkshire bragging rights are ours over both Sheffield Wednesday (despite their bizarre congratulations) and Leeds United as they imploded to the Play-Off spots.
In fact, it will be our last Championship clash until at the earliest, the campaign of 2020/21 having secured automatic promotion to the Premier League and the only question left for 2018/19 is, do we go up as Champions and title holders, or simply adulation in second place.
Sunday will decide that question but otherwise, there’s little riding on the game.
Few thought we’d be in this position, as although there were hopes, most would’ve taken the Play-Off spots at the beginning of the year but now is a decent time to reflect on our achievements, especially given the Yorkshire rivalry as we helped our own fate when taking victory over Leeds United a few weeks back.
A post submitted to this website stuck in my memory.
“Sheffield Utd has a lucky day and that’s it. If, if and if, if Jack Harrison’s blast over the bar had gone in, if Roberts headers had gone the other side of the post, if Alioski has taken a touch, if Pontus had etc. Utd just got lucky and they will concede more goals before the end of the season and lose games. And what if?”
Now in fairness, I don’t know whether the contributor was a sarcastic Blade referencing the Leeds comments in our direction after the result, or a Leeds fan trying to be more polite than many, in his criticism of us.
But as said, it stuck in my memory as it made me smile at the time, and it certainly does now. Whatever the original intention, it’s either aged incredibly well or incredibly badly.
I can appreciate both.