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      TAMB CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT   09/06/2017

      Following diminishing numbers of visitors to TAMB and the subsequent reduction in TAMB income, it is the intention for TAMB to close definitively from 1st November 2017. TAMB can no longer generate enough advertising revenue to cover the costs of around £300/month to pay for the dedicated server that hosts the TAMB software.  The dedicated server is also older equipment and no longer maintainable, so at some point it would be necessary to migrate the TAMB to a new cloud-based platform. This is quite a large job and would take some time to do. We feel it wouldn't be a worthwhile task given the reduction in traffic and usage of TAMB.  It is the opinion of the TAMB Team that the days of messageboards have largely gone, being overtaken by other platforms. Thank you to all users of the TAMB over the years, and we look forward to seeing you on some other online forums in the future. Since announcing the closure, a number of questions have been asked.

      This is not a "boot in the arse" to Board members to increase traffic.

      It’s worth pointing out to any people wanting to take on the TAMB that they will quickly outstrip any “free” message board system. That’s what happened with the pre-2003 TAMB and also happened during the “current TAMB” in 2003 – 2004. 
      It’s all about the number of concurrent users online. At a point yesterday there were about 150 users online – Invision would be charging $130 per month for that. (https://invisioncommunity.com/buy)

      We would be prepared to do a handover of the domain names that we currently hold to non-profit making group who seriously wants to organise a new TAMB and has the skills and numbers to do it. This would not include existing software or server. We are especially keen that the platform or the name do not fall into the hands of what we can only call bawbags. We need not mention names, but I'm sure members can think of a few. Any new group would have to start from scratch and give TAMB a complete bottom up ‘makeover’ and make themselves financially viable.   We have a couple of people who are willing to offer advice to any serious players. The TAMB Team
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      Further to the Closure Announcement   09/07/2017

      Since announcing the closure, a number of questions have been asked.

      This is not a "boot in the arse" to Board members to increase traffic.

      It’s worth pointing out to any people wanting to take on the TAMB that they will quickly outstrip any “free” message board system. That’s what happened with the pre-2003 TAMB and also happened during the “current TAMB” in 2003 – 2004. hence the "high" cost of keeping the Board going.
      It’s all about the number of concurrent users online. At a point yesterday there were about 150 users online – Invision would be charging $130 per month for that. (https://invisioncommunity.com/buy)

      We would be prepared to do a handover of the domain names that we currently hold to a non-profit making group which seriously wants to organise a new TAMB and has the skills and numbers to do it. This would not include existing software or server. We are especially keen that the platform or the name do not fall into the hands of what we can only call bawbags. We need not mention names, but I'm sure members can think of a few. Any new group would have to start from scratch and give TAMB a complete bottom up ‘makeover’ and make themselves financially viable. We have a couple of people who are willing to offer advice to any serious players. The TAMB Team

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  1. Was sort of my original point. If we pushed to get another couple against the "easier" teams then the goal difference would be less of a worry/issue than it is just now to finish second. There is nothing we can really do about the worst runner-up situation, given our history you can see it happening though!
  2. I wasn't looking for us to make up the full difference alone via the Malta game. When we beat Slovakia, every goal we beat them by our difference is closed by 2 (if we beat them 2-0 our goal difference goes level with theirs). Would have been nice to get another couple against Malta to close the difference a bit and make that part of the task a bit easier. All assuming we beat Slovakia of course. If we don't then this all doesn't matter.
  3. Goal difference is still a major part of this group if we draw the Slovenia game. I thought the team and management would have worked that out but the intensity seemed to drop towards the end of the game which was frustrating. I really hope this doesn't happen but if you presume England win their remaining games and Malta lose their remaining games: If we beat Slovakia (by 1 goal) and draw with Slovenia we end up on same points as Slovakia - we drop to third on goal difference by 3 goals....
  4. its a work thing- we r asked to use American English where we can. must be seeping into my normal life too
  5. I'm not sure if your question is in response to my statement but I feel like I might have struck a chord so I'll try explain a bit further. I wasn't taking a direct shot at you; I was just saying my piece on the criticism this fight seems to be generating. Personally, I am not buying the event as I am not really interested in the outcome of the fight but I am curious in how the fight will play out technically. As a fan of MMA it will be interesting to me to see what will actually happen; early round KO for Mayweather like a lot are predicting? Will McGregor actually land any significant punches / surprise people with a competitive few rounds? If he does connect, will McGregor's punches do as much damage as they do in UFC? If it goes long who has the better stamina- the guy coming out of retirement or the guy used to fighting 5x 5minute rounds? Both striking, counter striking and defensive styles are interesting too. I'll most probably wait and see what happens before deciding if I'll watch it or not. Due to the above reasons I must have taken offense as being labelled an eejit for being interested in the fight so I apologies for jumping in and saying my piece as a direct response to you. I am in complete agreement with what a lot of people have already said that the promotion and hype for this has gone way beyond what it ever needed to be. But that is probably due to the huge amounts of money they have got to spend on promoting through adverts, tv specials, allotted time on sky sports news, articles on bbc etc. They are getting a lot of backlash from boxing fans and MMA fans who are washing their hands of it so I think a lot of the promotion is being aimed at the casual fans as opposed to the fans of each sport. If it doesn't live up to the hype in terms of excitement then they will only receive even more backlash with everything they have done in the lead up to it. But I guess they both won't mind if they are pocketing $100million each. I completely agree with what you mentioned earlier in that they are probably friends and will hug and shake hands after the fight and have a lot of respect for each other etc. Who knows, it might all be pr-determined already and might have everything and kitchen sink thrown in. Or it might be a multi round bore fest with neither wanting to swing and maybe make a mistake, who knows. Again, didn't mean to offend anyone . Each to their own I guess.
  6. Are people who pay for "pre-rehearsed loads of pantomime" like DVD box-sets, cinema tickets, theatre tickets or TV packages and subscription channels eejits too? It sounds like your criticizing people who are choosing to pay, watch and hopefully be entertained a certain form of entertainment. By throwing it in with "a Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair thing" you are throwing it in with all other forms of entertainment so I really don't see why people should be criticized for watching or wanting to know the outcome. The world is a big place with a lot of people with a lot of different tastes in entertainment. By the sounds of the early buy-rate predictions this seems to be quite a popular choice of entertainment for a lot of people.
  7. Fletcher will play and captain tonight, Brown will play and captain Sunday. Would like to pick about 9 midfielders (not including ^), Tierney and Robertson given the squad but unfortunately we need a keeper and some center backs.
  8. Interesting sentence in this article and something I actually hadn't thought about, " It also fulfils their obligations to Sky Sports to provide a fixed number of internationals for broadcast. " Even if the manager doesn't see the need/want to play extra fixtures (friendlies) they might have to in order to hit their Sky quota?
  9. Berti got us closer to qualifying than the last few managers
  10. Been working for Chelsea this season...
  11. Agree about Bardsley, there must be something up. Was he at Rangers when Strachan was at Celtic?? Is Adam an any better option that what we have in the squad already? Will he get game time if he gets called up now? Lucky for us our midfield is looking quite decent so its a hard one to choose whether the call up is necessary. I'm sure hes on the radar unless theres a Bardsley-like situation going on.
  12. 3 regulars to home games are a 'no' for this one. Watching in the pub instead, and the football isn't even the main reason we are meeting up. Recent performances, costs and constant let-downs are taking their toll...
  13. Do any of these polls ever give you the actual number of people that took part? What was drilled into us at uni was "A poll is only a poll of people who took part in the poll." Eg it cant really be taken as a fair guide unless the population percentage that took part is pretty high.
  14. Can you see him doing anything different? It depends really what happens in the Canada game, he could go Fletcher & ? for Canada then Brown & McArthur for Slovenia. Who knows. Theres so many options: hes got 20 players playing for (potentially) 6 positions.
  15. He wont do it but seeing as the Chelsea 3-4-3 is flavor of the month for some clubs: GK R Martin, Berra, Wallace Anya, Brown, Fletcher, Tierney Armstrong, ST, Fraser Easily becomes a 5-4-1 when defending. When attacking we still keep 3 back plus a midfielder in-front for cover and plenty going forward. Gives our best assets (attacking full backs) more freedom.