The striking similarities between Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League this season and their 2005/06 Championship success

Sheffield United won automatic promotion to the Premier League last weekend, and Blades fans can't wait to see their side in the top tier for the first time since 2007.

Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 12:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 4:40 pm
(Credit: Chris Lawton)

Here’s some of the similarities between the 2005/06 campaign and the Blades’ current success...

Neil Warnock and Chris Wilder are both Blades through and through, achieving boyhood dreams of leading their club to the top flight. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
When United went up in '06, it came after a frustrating 12 years in the second tier. 12 years on from '07, the Blades are back again! (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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Nobody fancied the Blades to go up back in 2006, and pundits had a similarly bleak outlook on the Blades' chances this season too. (Picture: Chris Lawton)
2006: W26 D12 L8 GF76 GA46 P90. 2019: W26 D10 L9 GF76 GA39 P88 (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Back in 2006 there were just two players who didn't come from Britain or Ireland, in 2019, Wilder's squad is comprised entirely of British or Irish players. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)
This year it was Barnet, back then it was Colchester United. Both embarrassing...but still, Premier League, eh! (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)