Celebrations in Sheffield as United gain promotion back to the Premier League

Players, fans and staff of Sheffield United let loose in the city this weekend as they celebrated their side’s return to the top flight.

Hundreds of Blades fans descended on London Road after United’s 2-0 win over bottom placed Ipswich all but secured promotion to the Premier League.

Fans spilled out of Bramall Lane onto the nearby street, obstructing traffic between 7pm and 8pm on Saturday evening.

Jubilant Blades could be seen singing, drinking and letting off flares.

One man was filmed on top of the bus stop outside Caribbean Spice on London Road, before jumping up, crashing through the roof and back down to ground.

Ben Meakin of BladesPod saw the mayhem unfold.

“I walked past it on the way to the pub – it looked pretty wild with smoke bombs going off. Hopefully the chap involved in the bus stop business was unharmed,” he said.

Mr Meakin spent the rest of the evening celebrating in Sheffield City Centre and said the partying passed peacefully.

He said: “I didn’t see anything but happy people enjoying themselves in a friendly manner.

“I think we’re all just a bit shocked at what the club has done in the last couple of years – it’s just pure elation.”

Players and staff celebrated in similar style.

On Sunday, the squad gathered at Bramall Lane to watch Leeds draw with Aston Villa to secure United’s top flight status.

Never one to hold back, Blades boss Chris Wilder was seen on Sky Sports spraying beer on the reporter.

Later captain Billy Sharp could be seen singing topless on someone’s shoulders before head-butting a lamp shade.

While, footage emerged of United centre-back Richard Stearman pouring beer over himself went viral.

Mr Meakin said the celebrations are testament to the ethos of the team.

“Overall it just shows the tight-knit nature of this squad and the spirit they have,” he said.

“Wilder has never been shy about letting the players celebrate their achievements and I’m sure there’ll be plenty more celebrations to come over the next few weeks,” he added.

An open top parade will be held on Tuesday 7 May to mark the achievement.