7 times footie fans got their way as Sports Direct signs are axed at Newcastle

Football is nothing without the fans.

Or, at least, that was the collective message as football as we knew it was challenged by the European Super League, which threatened to change the face of competitive football.

You would be forgiven for thinking the quote originated from there, but it was Celtic legend Jock Stein who first put the fans at the forefront.

The quote has been twisted down the years, by Stein did once say: "Without fans who pay at the turnstile, football is nothing. Sometimes we are inclined to forget that.

"The only chance of bringing them into stadiums is if they are entertained by what happens on the football field."

And with that in mind, Daily Star Sport is looking at seven times football fans got their way.

Sports Direct signs are removed from St James'

One of the overriding memories from Mike Ashley's spell as the Chairman of Newcastle United is when he renamed St James' Park to the Sports Direct Arena.

The change was only ever meant to be temporary when it was first changed in 2008, but it took four years for St James' Park to return.

However, Ashley's fingerprints remained all over the stadium via the Sports Direct logos.

They were finally removed earlier this week following Ashley selling the club to the PIF Group in October.

Have we missed any off our list? Let us know in the comments section

Cardiff kit colour change

In 2012, Cardiff City risked the wrath of the Cardiff faithful when he changed the Bluebirds kit to red.

Tan decided to give Cardiff a facelift by changing the focus of the club away from bluebirds to the Welsh dragon.

However, after years of backlash, Tan reverted back to blue in 2015, and Cardiff unveiled a new crest with the bluebird at the centre.

“I made a mistake by changing the colour and I’ve reverted back to blue. I made a mistake and I rectified it. There will be no more tinkering with the colours," Tan later admitted.

Hull Tigers

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In the early 2010s, when Hull City were still a Premier League side, club executives took the bold decision to attempt to rebrand the club.

Hull City no more, instead the Yorkshire side would be known as Hull Tigers, to the chagrin of the Tigers fans.

Hull fans set up the supporter group City Till I Die, while Assem Allam, Hull's owner and the man behind the name change, insisted that other clubs would follow suit and he'd change Manchester City to Manchester Hunters.

Due to the fan backlash, the FA rejected the notion, but Allam threatened to take the case to CAS and quipped: "I have never been a football fan. I am still not a football fan. I am a community fan."

Leeds badge change

When Leeds United presented their new badge it was branded as the 'worst in football history'.

Leeds aren't averse to a badge change, but the proposed crest featuring the 'Leeds Salut' had crossed the line.

Leeds said in a statement: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank all fans for the inspiration they have provided which, following further consultation with supporters' groups, will form the basis of a democratic vote later this year.

"We look forward to our loyal and passionate fans selecting a crest that will proudly herald in the next 100 years."

European Super League

Last April, the European Super League was officially announced after decades of rumours.

12 of the continents top teams signed up for the new blockbuster competition, only to see it spectacularly blow up in their face.

There was Gary Neville going mental on Sky Sports, protests at Chelsea that Petr Cech had to try and quell, and Manchester United fans stormed Old Trafford.

One by one teams pulled out of the project before a ball was even kicked.

Premier League scrap £14.95 pay-per-view

Back when football was played behind closed doors, Sky Sports, BT Sport, and Amazon Prime streamed every minute of football live on TV.

Fans were charged £14.95 to be able to watch their side on the tele, and the Premier League opted for Brighton's clash with West Brom as the inaugural PPV game.

However, after significant fans backlash, it was scrapped.

Fulham MJ statue removed

For two years, between 2011 and 2013, Fulham had a statue of Michael Jackson located outside of Craven Cottage.

Fulham's owner Mohamed Al-Fayad commissioned the statue after the King of Pop died in 2009.

Al-Fayad had originally hoped to place it in Harrods, which he also owned, but he sold the store before the statue was finished.

As a result, it ended up outside Craven Cottage until 2013, when Sadiq Khan had it removed upon his takeover of the club.

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