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Sheffield United promoted to Championship

Sheffield United win promotion back to the Championship after a six-year absence.

Sheffield United have won promotion back to the Championship after a six-year absence.

The confirmation of the Blades' return to the second tier, courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Northampton Town, was particularly poignant for manager Chris Wilder as it came in a match against a club that he had also earned promotion with one year prior.

Wilder now boasts a record of taking 187 points from 88 games across the last two seasons with United and Town.

United had been behind in the encounter after Marc Richards put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time, but second-half goals from Leon Clarke and John Fleck successfully turned the contest and extended the side's unbeaten league run to 13 games.

Sheffield now have a nine-point advantage over second-placed Bolton Wanderers and will be crowned champions should they avoid defeat at relegation-threatened Port Vale next weekend.

Should Sheffield Wednesday be unsuccessful in gaining promotion to the Premier League this season, next season will mark the first time the two major Sheffield clubs have played together in the Championship since 2009-10.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich21134438241443
2Leeds UnitedLeeds21126335181742
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd22124635241140
4Derby CountyDerby2111463124737
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom22106644311336
6Middlesbrough219932314936
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa218854132932
9Birmingham CityBirmingham217953025530
10Stoke CityStoke217952725230
11Blackburn RoversBlackburn217952731-430
12Swansea CitySwansea218582523229
13Bristol City218582524129
14Queens Park RangersQPR218492531-628
15Preston North EndPreston216783235-325
16Wigan AthleticWigan2174102329-625
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds216692738-1124
18Brentford215793332122
19Hull City2156102130-921
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham214982132-1121
21Millwall2147102635-919
22Reading2146112634-818
23Bolton WanderersBolton2146111529-1418
24Ipswich TownIpswich2118121737-2011

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