This weekend it was party time for the Toon Army. Yet, it wasn’t anything to do with a historic win at Old Trafford. Instead it was time for the Newcastle United Players Christmas Party!

The annual fancy dress night out always seems to capture the imagination of Toon fans, other football fans and journalists alike with the Talk of the Toon on Twitter being more to do with who is behind the Chewbacca costume than Cabaye’s winner on Saturday.

The Chronicle, Sky Tyne and Wear and The Mirror found the Toon player’s trip to Dublin newsworthy enough to be reported on. Even Ant and Dec managed to find time out in Australia to ask Sammy Ameobi to clear the mystery of the awesome Chewbacca up (it was Rob Elliot in case you are still in the dark).
It’s not the first time either that a Magpies party has become hot news. In May, Fabricio Coloccini’s dinner party for the lads became the number one trend worldwide on Twitter.

This made a Toon party once again newsworthy enough for papers like The Sun and The Mirror to report on it.

However, it’s not just the players that can party! Despite a midweek blip against Swansea, the team’s recent form has led to the fans entering party mode themselves. The videos of the Geordies singing “Don’t Sell Cabaye” to an otherwise deserted Old Trafford after the final whistle were terrific, though is something that has been the case all season though.

It would have been easy at the start of the season to walk away and not show the under-performing players the support that they need, especially with all the shenanigans that were taking place off the pitch.

Yet, the Toon Army have shown how loyal they are by backing the players and, despite not being the right man for the job in many fans eyes, Alan Pardew has also been given the support of the fans throughout the tough times during the ninety-minutes of each match.

The fans are now being rewarded, with recent results bringing the party atmosphere back to Tyneside. Whether it is in fancy dress at Dublin’s Grand Canal, in Colo’s house in Newcastle or a 75,811-seater stadium in Manchester, one thing is for sure; there ain’t no party like a Newcastle United party!