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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. Music! Aye. Why stop there? Give us jelly and ice cream before the game, maybe some balloons to blow up. I was just saying to ma mate after we failed to qualify yet again, y'know I'm not that bothered about the football not being up to much, what I really want is an Improved Customer Experience Thank you, SFA, you're on the ball and no mistake
  2. I like going different places and finding things different and not as antiseptic as football has now become in the UK ..... but how can it be allowed to have a ground where people can only go out by going back through turnstiles (two for several thousand people). If there'd been a need to get out quickly, or just some frustrated shoving from the back, people would have been hurt, or worse Transport to and from the ground was a joke too, but that's just annoying. Those turnstiles were genuinely dangerous
  3. Kiev, yes, worst ever for me. Shite strewn all over the floor in the bogs. I've seen some pretty horrible sights in toilets all over the world, but that was the worst I've ever seen at a football match. Kept in afterwards by very aggressive police and then let out into the night just in time for the local neds to have assembled to pick us off. Neza in 86 was a mess but brilliant locals
  4. Well put. I agree. I'd like to think the commemoration before the match will be respectful too. But I doubt it. It'll be jingoistic bollocks, squaddies carting on the match ball, union flags fluttering at all corners, chinless wonders like the Duke of York and the Prime Minister in attendance, tannoy demands that we remember all the sacrifices made (but not by those on the wrong end of British imperial power)
  5. Your local pub's full of half wits who don't understand the first thing about football, is it? Do they say things like "may the best team win" and "at the end of the day it's only a game". Sure they wouldn't be better off with a rugger scarf? FFS. The TA has got far too many people in it who don't care if we lose as long as they get on telly swinging their kilt over their heid, but people who buy half and half scarfs are the scum of the bourgeois earth It's football it's not the F£$%^&g gay gordons
  6. I wouldn't usually get too worried about a few away fans in home sections. But I was puzzled last night by the sheer number of Polish fans last night round Hampden before the game absolutely steaming, carrying plastic bags full of cans, and attracting no attention at all from the police. I've seen plenty of Scots lifted for far less in Glasgow
  7. Explain to me how that works?
  8. It's a good point. It's all got a bit ridiculous in recent years - it does look like a big fancy-dress party, with almost everyone having chosen the same outfit. And the TA is getting older too, as well as more homogenous. That picture from 1996 does hammer home how it's changed. Not for the better, to my taste. Was a great half-time though. And the difference between 96 - needed a bit of attention but basically safe - and 99 - not safe at all - was enormous
  9. WONDERFUL place!! Don't even think about driving yourself. Easy and cheap to hire a driver, any hotel or guesthouse will sort you out. Safe everywhere, far safer than the UK. Amazingly friendly people. Food .... o wow. Food. Colombo's an acquired taste - very busy, hard to get a grip on what's what, and where things are. Galle is good, Kandy lovely. And just enjoy it
  10. Yep, don't let it get too low
  11. Plan very little, is my advice. One of the beauties of interrail is hooking up with people by chance, following advice from a bloke in a bar ... or just turning up at a station mid-evening and picking a night train at random, and see where you wake up. Go east, go south for cheapness. Wouldn't bother much with France. San Sebastian is great, you can't really go wrong in Spain, and Portugal is good too, but only go to the Algarve if you like golf and expat bores telling you Farage has got the right idea. Italy's brilliant everywhere, random small towns can be amazing, Slovenia, Croatia too ... it's all great! Though I wouldn't worry too much about Scandinavia or Switzerland, which are a bit sedate and crazy expensive. Skip England too, it's shite
  12. Aye, and those wristwatches that Platini and all the rest of them got given as a 'gift' a wee while back - shame Bobby Moore's not around anymore, he'd have nicked a few o'them
  13. Gary Teale and Bobby Moore - you're a wag!!
  14. The home game with Croatia in the WC qualifying for (I think) 2002 - the man was absolutely outstanding. Didn't run more than a yard or two all game, but because he saw the pattern so early, he was always in space to receive a pass, and then to move the ball on to a teammate. No Scotland player could get close enough to stop it, even though all the play was obviously going through Prosinečki. Genius Iniesta at Hampden in the 2-3 game a couple of years ago would be the only other midfield performance I'd want to mention in the same breath. Proper, proper footballers
  15. You're dead right about Best. He gets mythologised because of some folk's envy about his drinking and women, but he was simply (at the most generous) the third best player in a very good United team, and was effective for only 3 or 4 years, quickly being exposed as short of top class when he was asked to do it for a declining United side. Greatest British ever? Well, that's an interesting one to discuss - Bobby Charlton, Gordon Banks, Kenny Dalglish, Denis Law, Tom Finney and (my slight favourite) John Charles would all be in the frame, I think - but not Best, no way