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TOTW: No punches pulled, debuts, and birthdays

After a week and a bit, Hoops returns with the best Tweets from the past eleven (sorry, Ed) days. You're in for a treat.

David Rogers

We'll begin way back when former Royal Gylfi Sigurdsson tore the Netherlands apart in an International game. Oh yes.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sigurdsson thumping volley.... Iceland 2-0 Netherlands <a href="http://t.co/qjfWrmdQEP">http://t.co/qjfWrmdQEP</a></p>&mdash; Football News Alert (@Footy_Layne24) <a href="https://twitter.com/Footy_Layne24/status/521761964469813248">October 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Next we move to current Royal Jake Taylor and his debut for Wales. Proud of you, bro.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Buzzing for <a href="https://twitter.com/jaketaylor25">@jaketaylor25</a> on making his debut for Wales great achievement!! </p>&mdash; lawson d&#39;ath (@lawsondath92) <a href="https://twitter.com/lawsondath92/status/521762700469469185">October 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>What a progression from <a href="https://twitter.com/jaketaylor25">@jaketaylor25</a> for club and country. Another of our Academy boys to be proud of. <a href="http://t.co/TbKFUq1Qcs">pic.twitter.com/TbKFUq1Qcs</a></p>&mdash; Reading FC (@ReadingFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReadingFC/status/521766668633399297">October 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Two former royals team up in the rain. Something about golf. We don't really care, it's just a good pic.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It&#39;s a bit wet here today eh <a href="https://twitter.com/GlenLittle07">@GlenLittle07</a> ?? ☔️☔️ <a href="http://t.co/0uSDVFYO0n">pic.twitter.com/0uSDVFYO0n</a></p>&mdash; Kevin Watson (@kevwatson74) <a href="https://twitter.com/kevwatson74/status/521986948186263552">October 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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It was Glen's birthday. 39. I thought he was older. (Let's hope he doesn't read this.)

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/PaulWeller18">@PaulWeller18</a>: Happy b&#39;day <a href="https://twitter.com/GlenLittle07">@GlenLittle07</a> 39 how am I older than you <a href="http://t.co/as3qm2MamC">pic.twitter.com/as3qm2MamC</a>"&#10;&#10;Coz you had to do all my running </p>&mdash; Glen Little (@GlenLittle07) <a href="https://twitter.com/GlenLittle07/status/522438747384991745">October 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Injured fringe player Craig Tanner wants to become a brick—eh? What?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Would love to go watch Dortmund play and be part of the yellow wall! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BucketList?src=hash">#BucketList</a></p>&mdash; Craig Tanner (@CraigTanner27) <a href="https://twitter.com/CraigTanner27/status/522448972854861824">October 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Vilified midfielder Hope Akpan made his debut for Nigeria since the last TOTW, though the man that gave him his debut has since been sacked. Ho hum...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats to <a href="https://twitter.com/HopeAkpan">@HopeAkpan</a> who started for Nigeria tonight &amp; helped his country to a 3-1 AFCON Qualifying win over Sudan. Close to scoring too.</p>&mdash; Reading FC (@ReadingFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReadingFC/status/522458390606655488">October 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Delighted is an understatement. I have realised a small dream today making my international debut for <a href="https://twitter.com/NGSuperEagles">@NGSuperEagles</a></p>&mdash; Hope Akpan (@HopeAkpan) <a href="https://twitter.com/HopeAkpan/status/522469109137956865">October 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>This guy made it easy for me. Learnt a lot in a short space of time. True professional. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AFCON2015?src=hash">#AFCON2015</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NGSuperEagles">@NGSuperEagles</a> <a href="http://t.co/n6ThN6qIea">pic.twitter.com/n6ThN6qIea</a></p>&mdash; Hope Akpan (@HopeAkpan) <a href="https://twitter.com/HopeAkpan/status/522471269057703936">October 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Cor, birthdays galore.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Happy Birthday to Brynjar Gunnarsson! #106 <a href="http://t.co/xBTy4Md0fr">pic.twitter.com/xBTy4Md0fr</a></p>&mdash; Reading FC (@ReadingFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReadingFC/status/522685726971150336">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Big mouth Roberts piles the pressure on former goalie Alex McCarthy.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Alex McCarthy will be England&#39;s No1 one day... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QPRLIV?src=hash">#QPRLIV</a></p>&mdash; Jason Roberts (@JasonRoberts30) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonRoberts30/status/523813250769895424">October 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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We here at TTE Towers are questioning the team as much as you lot are...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/TheTilehurstEnd">@TheTilehurstEnd</a> The attack has only scored one goal in five games. The whole team is badly off form!</p>&mdash; Will Jones (@WilliamOwain) <a href="https://twitter.com/WilliamOwain/status/524656265252044800">October 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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But it's ok, because Federici has pulled no punches. Like a kangaroo. (Australian joke.)

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Adam Federici just gave a quite superb interview. Hard hitting call to arms. Pulled no punches. Brutally honest <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/readingfc?src=hash">#readingfc</a></p>&mdash; Charles Watts (@charles_watts) <a href="https://twitter.com/charles_watts/status/524671853462581248">October 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>When other around him disappeared tonight, he stepped up and stopped this being a humiliation. Others need to follow his lead <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/readingfc?src=hash">#readingfc</a></p>&mdash; Charles Watts (@charles_watts) <a href="https://twitter.com/charles_watts/status/524672226214559745">October 21, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Wish Adkins would deliver a post-match interview like Adam Federici did last night. No waffle, just honest truth. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/readingfc?src=hash">#readingfc</a></p>&mdash; Charles Watts (@charles_watts) <a href="https://twitter.com/charles_watts/status/524823816095412224">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Adam Federici bemused by recent capitulations. Honest stuff from the Aussie <a href="http://t.co/9Lth5Hlz2g">http://t.co/9Lth5Hlz2g</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ReadingFC?src=hash">#ReadingFC</a> <a href="http://t.co/1nsUe06MYG">pic.twitter.com/1nsUe06MYG</a></p>&mdash; Charles Watts (@charles_watts) <a href="https://twitter.com/charles_watts/status/524875835682340864">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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On the positive side, our support was praised. Yes, you read that right.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/ronnieflamer">@ronnieflamer</a> Bournemouth fan about our support <a href="http://t.co/wmbHyC8eDI">pic.twitter.com/wmbHyC8eDI</a></p>&mdash; Tom (@TomMoore0506) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomMoore0506/status/525060742161375236">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Hoops wasn't even born when this came out... Old. (Yes, Hoops spoke in third person for this caption.)

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>25 yrs ago today <a href="https://twitter.com/ReadingFC">@ReadingFC</a> boss Ian Branfoot was sacked <a href="https://twitter.com/OldRoyalsStuff">@OldRoyalsStuff</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Alan_Bunce">@Alan_Bunce</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ReadingGuide">@ReadingGuide</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/FootballInT80s">@FootballInT80s</a> <a href="http://t.co/ghJ24s82H4">pic.twitter.com/ghJ24s82H4</a></p>&mdash; Chris Lee (@cribsie) <a href="https://twitter.com/cribsie/status/525265422464331777">October 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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SIGH. OF. RELIEF.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Garath McCleary, Danny Williams, Danny Guthrie and Anton Ferdinand played 45 minutes today at the training ground <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/readingfc?src=hash">#readingfc</a></p>&mdash; Charles Watts (@charles_watts) <a href="https://twitter.com/charles_watts/status/525283635080212480">October 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Gunter's been taking lessons from Fedders about speaking up. Good lad.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>PHOTO: <a href="https://twitter.com/Chrisgunter16">@Chrisgunter16</a> put himself forward to speak to the press today - he spoke well ahead of Saturday&#39;s game. <a href="http://t.co/XM45ka06dm">pic.twitter.com/XM45ka06dm</a></p>&mdash; Reading FC (@ReadingFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReadingFC/status/525288042207383552">October 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good stuff from <a href="https://twitter.com/Chrisgunter16">@Chrisgunter16</a> today. He asked to speak to the press. No hiding. Fronted up and spoke very honestly. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/readingfc?src=hash">#readingfc</a></p>&mdash; Charles Watts (@charles_watts) <a href="https://twitter.com/charles_watts/status/525294568556990466">October 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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While we're talking about players talking, club captain Jem Karacan piped up with this the other day. #flames

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>All very frustrated at the moment with the results but we need everyone together back at the mad Stad on Sat to turn things around quickly.</p>&mdash; Jem Paul Karacan (@JemKaracan21) <a href="https://twitter.com/JemKaracan21/status/524857653961711616">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Bye.