Patience was the order of the day in Bramall Lane, where the line disappeared from the ticket office, past the players' entrance and along the back of the Tony Currie grandstand and crept into the big statue of Alan Woodward.
There was little trace of celebration in the air. Most waited in a nervous silence. Pessimism usually dominates in S2, where they are painfully familiar with the ability of football to punish the optimist.
They will be careful, but some Sheffield United supporters have resisted the urge to dance.
Local hero Billy Sharp is approaching promotion to the Premier League with Sheffield United
Victory over the already relegated Ipswich on Saturday will virtually capture the promotion, leaving the Bladen free six points for Leeds, who has to play two and an inferior goal difference.
The Premier League beckons after a 12-year exile. Back to the top with dreams about re-igniting the glory days of Currie and Woodward.
Less than three miles away, at the club's practice ground at the top of one of the seven hills of Sheffield, Chris Wilder promised the media he'd been about to entertain as entertaining as Geoff Boycott in grim pursuit of another century in Headingley .
& # 39; How boring will I be? & # 39; Wilder said, performing a solid forward defense. & # 39; Just like Boycott, the western terrace has been emptied. & # 39;
Boring is not obvious for the manager of Sheffield United. Born in the city and raised as a Blades fan, he had two spells as a player at the club and was present when they were promoted to the top flight under Dave Bassett in 1992.
& # 39; A great time for the club & # 39 ;, said Wilder. & # 39; I played at the back of that season. Fortunately I tore off my ankle bands, otherwise I would have been at Charlton Athletic. That is how fate happens. I came back here and played in the old first division. & # 39;
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder had two spells with the club as a player
& # 39; Harry & # 39; Bassett, with seven promotions on his list of achievements, has assisted Wilder with the astonishing rise of his coaching career, which began with his buddies in the Sunday League in Sheffield and turned around Northampton through Alfreton, Halifax, Oxford and the steel city.
& # 39; I'm tight with Harry & # 39 ;, said the 51-year-old. & # 39; Even though he tried to get rid of me about 33 times. I was like a rubber bullet, I kept bouncing. I have a lot of respect for what he did for the club. He has transformed it. & # 39;
There are parallels. Just like there are with Neil Warnock who led Sheffield United to the Premier League in 2006.
No-nonsense managers, connected to their audience, serve high-energy football and demand maximum effort from their players.
& # 39; Chris has pride, passion, a work ethic and he has played fantastic offensive football & # 39 ;, said Chris Morgan, captain of the team promoted under Warnock.
& # 39; He has given supporters something to cheer. It has been a long, hard 12 years. We know that there is still work to be done, but promotion would be a huge incentive for the entire city. & # 39;
Former Sheffield United captain Chris Morgan praised Wilder for the work he did
Just like Barnsley, Morgan, Wilder's Blades are driven by a local hero: Billy Sharp, 33 years old and improving with age.
Sharp has 24 goals this season, although he is not expected to be fit for the Ipswich game because he recovers from injuries.
It is 12 years since Sheffield United crashed from the top flight, relegated with one goal on goal difference amid screams of injustice when West Ham escaped with an unlikely win on Manchester United on the last day, with the only goal scored by Carlos Tevez .
This episode still remains. The Premier League ruled that Tevez and Javier Mascherano had been illegally signed and imposed a fine of £ 5.5 million on West Ham, but did not score points and the Blades lost.
They eventually won the lawsuit and West Ham was ordered to pay £ 35 million in damages, but this would not make up for the feeling of missed opportunities at Bramall Lane.
Wilder admitted that he was considering leaving the club last year in a boardroom fight
While the Premier League experienced its global boom, Sheffield United slipped to League One where they languished for six years while buying talent including English international defenders Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire.
The promotional offer in 2012 derailed when 29 goal scorer Ched Evans was jailed for rape in April.
His sentence was annulled four years later, but Evans was in jail when Sheffield Wednesday's sheets promoted to automatic promotion, finished third with 90 points and then lost on penalties at Wembley, the sixth of eight consecutive defeats in the playoffs.
As Wilder puts it with an understatement from South Yorkshire, the club & # 39; has survived the mill a bit & # 39 ;.
Chairman Kevin McCabe, with his long association on the board, has steadily and honestly led Sheffield United through these years of instability and sorrow.
Now, with the club three points from the Premier League, McCabe and Prince Abdullah Bin Moasaad Bin Abuldaziz al Saud, who has been a co-owner since 2013, have been locked up in a fight for control and upset for a date in the Supreme Court next month.
Wilder admits that he was considering stopping last summer because the power struggle within the boardroom threatened to influence the transfer plans.
& # 39; I was open about it & # 39 ;, he said, but an agreement was reached and the manager signed a new contract, secured by the return of Stephen Bettis as chief executive and strengthened his team with the help of £ 11 , 5 million from the sale of David Brooks to Bournemouth.
& # 39; I have a clear picture of how I want this club to progress and I think what the players and staff have achieved has enabled me to give my opinion.
& # 39; I am an employee and I respect that status, but I am the type of man who walks through the front door and I walk out the front door if it is not right.
& # 39; There are no threats, but it must be good and I must say that the two owners came together and we have improved. & # 39;
Wilder responded and is on the eve of completing a full range of promotions that have led Oxford to League Two, Northampton in League One and the magazines in the championship. Defeat Ipswich and they can even break into a small mold on Bramall Lane.