Blades fans hope Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is in a hurry as Championship task at Bramall Lane is revealed

Sheffield United fans dare to dream as EFL fixtures are released and Championship football returns to Bramall Lane after six long years

CHAMPIONSHIP football is back and with it a chance to dream. The reality of promotion-winning Sheffield United's 100-point performance last season came sharply into focus when the English Football League released its fixtures for the new season.

Long-awaited Steel City derbies at Hillsborough, scheduled for September 23 and a rematch at Bramall Lane on January 13, immediately caught the eye.  Both matches will be sell-outs as will a potential thriller on Boxing Day against visiting Sunderland. A difficult looking January starts on New Year's Day at Derby County. After Wednesday's visit, the Blades travel to Norwich City and finish the month at home against Aston Villa.

Two ex-bosses, Neil Warnock (Cardiff City) and Nigel Clough (Burton Albion) will be heading to the Lane if fate doesn't intervene first.

United finish their league schedule at Bristol City by which time fans will be hoping that Chris Wilder has achieved the unthinkable and secured a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. For many seasoned observers a competitive Championship campaign will be considered good enough. For the more ambitious a play-off place is the goal.

But Wilder demonstrated last season that anything is possible and who could bet against him squeezing the absolute maximum out of whatever he has to work with?

 

CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES 2017-18

(Subject to amendment)

Sheffield United fixtures: Cardiff boss and Blades fan Neil Warnock awaits his old team"s visit to Wales
Sheffield United fixtures: Long-awaited Steel City derby at Hillsborough
Sheffield United fixtures: trip to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United
Sheffield United fixtures: Ex-Blades boss Nigel Clough, now in charge of Burton Albion, faces his old club
Sheffield United fixtures: Boxing Day thriller in store at Bramall Lane as Sunderland are the visitors
Sheffield United fixtures: Steel City re-match when Sheffield Wednesday step onto the hallowed turf at Bramall Lane
Sheffield United fixtures: Leeds at Bramall Lane and a trip to Hull City make February a tough month
Sheffield United fixtures: Nottingham Forest's visit to Bramall Lane evokes memories of the epic play-off semi-final between the clubs in 2003
Sheffield United fixtures: former Blades boss and fan Neil Warnock is scheduled to return to Bramall Lane with Cardiff City
Sheffield United fixtures: they think it's all over but Blades boss Chris Wilder, if he hasn't suceeded already, might have other plans.