Ever since my family and I lived in Sheffield, England during my last sabbatical (2008-09 academic year), I have followed the ups and downs of Sheffield's two football clubs, Sheffield Wednesday (the Owls) and Sheffield United (the Blades). After the Owls defeated the Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 yesterday, they secured the #2 spot in the Football League One table. The Owls join top club Charlton Athletic for automatic promotion to Football League Championship for next season.
The Blades finished in the #3 spot in the table, just three points behind the Owls, after yesterday's draw against Exeter City, a club that will be relegated to Football League Two for next season. The Blades now join Huddersfield Town, Milton Keynes Dons, and Stevenage for the League One play-offs. Two matches with Stevenage (11 May and 15 May) await Sheffield United.
Congratulations to the Owls! Go Blades!