Clubs’ promotion would be a boost for Sheffield

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PROMOTION for either of Sheffield’s football clubs would ‘boost’ the city, famous fans from both camps believe.

Thousands of people are expected to pack out stadiums and cheer on both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday as they battle for promotion to the Championship this Saturday.

Owls fan and Sheffield resident Jon McClure - lead singer of band Reverend and the Makers - told The Star: “Although I am a Wednesdayite I genuinely hope both clubs go up because next season would be unbelievable.

“I can’t remember there being a season like this where the banter has been as good.

“It would be amazing next year if both clubs went up.”

Sheffield United season ticket holder Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, added: “It’s been a long season and an exciting one and I just hope that United get the promotion they deserve.

“It would be great if both clubs went into the Championship.

“I think this season has been good for the city and a boost for everyone who follows either club.

“It’s probably been as exciting as anything since the FA Cup Wembley semi final.”

Tim Bergin, who plays for Sheffield Eagles rugby squad, said he had support for both sides.

He said: “I think it’s good for the city to have clubs doing so well.

“Promotion would be a boost for Sheffield.”

And Owl David Blunkett, MP for Hillsborough and Brightside, said: “As the former football manager Bill Shankly once put it, this is more important than life and death!

“I cannot remember feeling more nervous about a game since our Wembley appearance in 1993.

“The feeling from both sets of fans is electric.

“While I’m desperate for Wednesday to go up automatically, I will be wishing United well in the play-offs.

“I hope beyond hope that’s how it turns out!”