To win any league is a major achievement for any club but to get 100 points is another thing. This season in League One, Sheffield United has done just that. The Blades finished the season on top of League One with great pride.
They closed their campaign being 17 games unbeaten. An incredible finish to the season by Chris Wilder’s men. In those 17 games, Sheffield United managed to score 39 goals and let in just 13. It’s one thing to come top of the league but to score 100 goals is the cream of the crop.
One man who played a huge part in The Blades’ promotion campaign this season was Billy Sharp. The 31-year-old scored an unbelievable 30 goals for United this season. Sharp is well known for his finishing. In the 2015/16 season, he bagged himself 21 goals.
Sheffield United are the first team to reach 100 points or more since Charlton Athletic reached 101 points in the 2011/12 season. Charlton managed this in League One meaning that The Blades are only the second team to reach 100 points or more in League One since the new league format.
Sheffield is only the 11th team to achieve 100 points or more in English football. The most points achieved by any team is 106 by Reading in the 2005/06 season in the Championship. Fulham is the only team to achieve this feat twice. They managed to get 101 points in the 1998/99 season in the old Division 2 (3rd tier). Fulham managed 101 points again in the old Division 1 (2nd tier) in the 2000/01 season.
With Sheffield United’s confirmed promotion they will be going up with Bolton Wanderers. Playoff places will take place between four clubs. These four clubs are Scunthorpe, Fleetwood, Bradford and Millwall. One of these teams will be joining Sheffield United and Bolton in the Championship next season.
Only one team from the Premier league has been confirmed as relegated to the Championship. This team is Sunderland. Two more potential teams to join them could be Middlesbrough, Swansea or Hull. There are more potential teams to get relegated but the teams near the bottom will have to win all their remaining games.
Chris Wilder will want to make a few changes over the summer and bring in some strength and quality into the club. Although, he will be happy with what he has the Championship is a proving ground for next level of quality.
The Championship has been no stranger to The Blades though. They were in the 2nd tier from 2007-2011 before being relegated down to League One. Ever since they have been fighting to get back into the Championship and now the time has come.
Fans will feel a sense of redemption after so many years with no luck of great success. Bramall Lane will surely be rocking as the 2017/18 season gets under way with a 32,702 capacity stadium will show its support. Sheffield United are known for having a great following of supporters and with a stadium of its size in the Championship I’m sure the fans will want to make as much noise as possible to get behind their beloved Blades.