WATCH: Painted faces and magic hats... what a difference a year makes - Bramall Lane party atmosphere replaces the jeers of 12 months ago for Sheffield United

United players come out at a packed Bramall Lane
United players come out at a packed Bramall Lane
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Just a week shy of a year ago today, Sheffield United played their final game of a desperate season.

They lost 2-0 to Scunthorpe and boos rang around Bramall Lane. Nigel Adkins' side would finish 11th in the table on 66 points. They may have officially been eight points out of the play-off places but in reality they were miles away from challenging and appeared a lifetime from doing so.

A toxic atmosphere enveloped the Lane. The players were jeered, the manager more so and a 'lap of appreciation' descended into a farce as few fans stayed behind and many of those who hung around, did so merely to tell the team and the management exactly what they thought. This wasn't good enough for Sheffield United, not by a long way.

Today, the difference couldn't have been more stark.

Over 30,000 people crammed into the ground, the vast majority to hail their heroes. Their promotion heroes. Their 100-point champions.

It's incredible to see how much things have changed and much of the credit for that goes to Chris Wilder.

Billy Sharp and Chris Wilder in front of a packed Kop as Sheffield United celebrated their title success

Billy Sharp and Chris Wilder in front of a packed Kop as Sheffield United celebrated their title success

In recent, shocking seasons they've had David Weir, Nigel Clough and Nigel Adkins; each with their own talents and abilities but none of them able to drag United out of the mire. None of those managers had it in them. Chris Wilder did.

It's easy, and perhaps a bit lazy to pin the 'He's a Blade' tag on Wilder. The boss has clearly got something about him, as two promotions in successive seasons with different clubs attests. But that red and white within him, cannot be played down.

Wilder knows how Sheffield United works. He knows what Sheffield United fans want. He knows how they feel, what they've been through. Because he was there for much of it; maybe not in person, but in spirit, sharing the pain with the rest of them.

Now he has written himself into the annuls of the club's history. He has dragged the Blades back to the Championship at last. But more importantly, as shown by the number, the noise and the smiles around S2 today...he has made the people happy again.