The city was painted red last night to celebrate Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League.
Braving the rain, supporters flooded the streets to cheer their heroes on as they made their way from Bramall Lane to the Town Hall in an open-top bus parade.
The players, staff and their families were later treated to a civic reception in the Town Hall before emerging outside to a crowd who greeted them with red flares.
Sheffield United player John Egan, 26, said: “Unbelievable scenes. Outrageous scenes. I’m lost for words. What a club.”
In an hour of song and dance, the players, staff and fans belted out a rendition of Oasis’ hit Wonderwall. There were also chants poking fun at local rivals Wednesday and Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.
The Blades secured promotion after finishing second in the Championship.
They last played in the English top flight during the 2006-2007 season.
Fans credited the club’s success to the work of manager Chris Wilder, who achieved promotion in three seasons after joining in 2016.
College student Harry Sampson, 16, said: “I can’t really believe it to be honest. I was there the season before Wilder came in. There was such an awful atmosphere and most of us thought we won’t stay in the Championship for much longer, let alone be in the Premier League. It’ll be tough to stay up. But with new players and the right team spirit I see no reason why we can’t.”
Fans also believe that Sheffield’s presence in the Premier League is essential given the city’s role in developing English football.
Sheffield is home to the world’s oldest football club and the first ever cup competition.
Retiree Tony Shepherd, 66, who has been supporting the club for 50 years, said: “I’m ecstatic. We have been building steadily over the years and it felt like a fairy tale for us.
“The city will be much more widely known, recognised and respected.”
The upcoming Premier League season will begin on August 10 (Saturday).