Chris Wilder returns to Bramall Lane in Sheffield – here’s how Blades fans reacted

10 March 2022

Chris Wilder was given a warm reception by Sheffield United fans on his first return to Bramall Lane since leaving the Blades in March 2021.

Blades fans cried “Chrissy Wilder, he’s one of our own” before kick-off against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night as a special mention was made to the former United boss.

Wilder left the club in March 2021 with the Blades bottom of the Premier League.

It was an unfortunate end to a golden period at the club where he steered the Blades from bottom of League One after his fourth game in charge to ninth in the Premier League in just over four years at the club.

The Blades became League One champions at the end of his first season in charge, securing a club record 100 points.

In 2019, the Blades were promoted to the Premier League by finishing second in the Championship on 89 points, five points behind champions Norwich.

United then enjoyed a sensational return season in the Premier League as they flirted with the European places.

He returned to Sheffield for the first time since his departure on Tuesday night, as United faced Middlesbrough in a crunch Championship promotion game.

It proved to be a miserable return for the former Blades boss with United running out comprehensive 4-1 winners.

Wilder made Billy Sharp captain at the Blades early into his reign at Bramall Lane and it was Sharp who put United 2-0 up on the night.

Morgan Gibbs-White was the visitors’ tormentor-in-chief, supplying Billy Sharp for the Blades’ second goal and netting an exquisite backheeled finish to make it 4-1 in the second half.

Wilder is remembered fondly by the Sheffield United fanbase and one Blades fan expressed his gratitude to the 54-year-old for what he achieved at Bramall Lane.

Blades fans also voiced their opinion regarding the return of their former manager to Bramall Lane and United’s performance against Boro on social media.

Written by Nelson Walker

Second Year BA Journalism Studies student at The University of Sheffield. Blog writer for Motion Exercise. Forge Press and Forge Radio contributor.

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