Sez Les: The Blade who’s hoping for a celebration

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Sheffield’s football followers say farewell to another season tomorrow. Just a game to play and not a deal hanging on either really other than try and go out with a win.

But there is one bit of Sheffield where there could just be a big celebration at around 5 o’clock tomorrow and a bit beyond, one suspects.

Chris Wilder, of this parish and a massive Blade, will be entitled to every last bit of celebration if his Northampton Town side conclude their great escape from the bottom of League Two tomorrow.

And how intriguing that the game in which they can save themselves is against Oxford United - the club where Wilder did so well, taking them back into the Football League in 2010, but left in late January.

It puzzled many. Oxford were sixth, two points off the automatic places. Northampton were struggling, six points adrift of safety at the bottom. They looked doomed. He’d swapped possible promotion for what seemed likely relegation.

Chris, ex-Blades and Millers player, has worked his way up the managerial ladder via Alfreton, Halifax and Oxford. This looked a task too much but he has driven the Cobblers to some vital wins over relegation rivals and, helped by his old pal Alan Knill, the ex-Millers manager, they can complete the job tomorrow.

A point and they’ve done it or Wycombe don’t win at Torquay. In the bottom two from September 22 until last Saturday, it would be a great achievement

* We all make mistakes and I’ve certainly made my fair share, but when its comes to sport, particularly football, the 10.25pm bulletin on BBC’s Look North often manages to mess up even the simplest of tasks.

It’s great they give the results of Yorkshire teams and one appreciates those involved may not be clued in to the football world but on Tuesday night, as just one solitary result was flagged up and ‘Oldham, 1 Sheffield United 1’ came up on screen, I thought “Well, they can’t get anything wrong here.” How wrong I was!

“Just one result tonight, in League One, Sheffield United drew at Oldham... 1-0.”

I actually didn’t believe I’d heard what I’d heard. Then a few seconds later, a colleague at work called... “Have you been watching Look North?,” he asked.

The good news is there’s only the Play-offs to fathom. The bad news is the cricket season is underway!