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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. That's an excellent point. He really is a carthorse, and hopefully Mulgrew will be fit.
  2. Anyone been to DC and Virginia? Heading there in two weeks. Washington for a few nights then down to Norfolk, VA for 4-5 days - partner's work conference. We're then thinking about a road trip for 18 days - possibly south, never been and not sure when ever will e.g Virginia Beach, North Carolina, and maybe even over to West Virginia, Nashville then up Kentucky, Ohio, Pittsburgh and back to DC for the flight back. Is that a bit optimistic? Or should we try somewhere else? Seems to plenty of civil war and American history around Virginia, Washington ; etc. Is it worth going going further south to Georgia, Florida? Or should we just stick around Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, etc and not bother going west? Any suggestions would be recommended. Been to New York - last time was over ten years ago ; so not really thinking about going north-east although the likes of Maine, New Hampshire look great.
  3. Can see if mods/admin are tired and don't fancy it, but if there's enough demand like this thread seems to show - why not as suggested, run a more basic version of the TAMB with just 3/4 sections rather than dozen or more we have here. National Team - everything about the team in there. Home/away, travel, etc. Sports - domestic football plus any other sports Anything Goes - the way it is but plus travel too.
  4. I never have.
  5. Very sad if the board has to go. Whilst things are evolving regards social media and that, I don't know if its all a good thing. I chucked Facebook 5 years ago - or at least posting regularly on it - for the usual reasons e.g it's turning us all into megalomaniacs who need instant gratification. Message boards whilst there will be falling out between members and so on, you get a more robust and interesting discussion. Surely there are cheaper formats we could run if it's costing £300 a month to run. I haven't posted much recently baring and it seems to be common with many folk, but especially in the run up to games it is a gem of a place to come and read everyone's views. The travel section will also be sorely missed, as there is a ton of great information in there from just about any place in the world. What about doing a crowd funder if it is funds that are the issue? Or a very scaled down version of the TAMB? e.g three sections : National Team, Anything Goes, SPL/other sports? Also, if we somehow actually pull off two great wins in October and reach the playoffs, you can't pull the plug in November before a potential play off, AND then if we somehow, the moon/sun/Snodgrass all aligned and we got through that at qualified ; surely we can't have our first tournament and no TAMB on the go.
  6. Very sad if the board has to go. Whilst things are evolving regards social media and that, I don't know if its all a good thing. I chucked Facebook 5 years ago - or at least posting regularly on it - for the usual reasons e.g it's turning us all into megalomaniacs who need instant gratification. Message boards whilst there will be falling out between members and so on, you get a more robust and interesting discussion. Surely there are cheaper formats we could run if it's costing £300 a month to run. I haven't posted much recently baring and it seems to be common with many folk, but especially in the run up to games it is a gem of a place to come and read everyone's views. The travel section will also be sorely missed, as there is a ton of great information in there from just about any place in the world. What about doing a crowd funder if it is funds that are the issue? Or a very scaled down version of the TAMB? e.g three sections : National Team, Anything Goes, SPL/other sports? Also, if we somehow actually pull off two great wins in October and reach the playoffs, you can't pull the plug in November before a potential play off, AND then if we somehow, the moon/sun/Snodgrass all aligned and we got through that at qualified ; surely we can't have our first tournament and no TAMB on the go.
  7. I think (think) that if we win both games, we will pretty guaranteed second spot. Sweden's group and the one with Greece would miss out. Honestly though, I'd only worry about this until after the 9th round of fixtures and down, and if, IF, we have beaten Slovakia. 1-0 Scotland will do fine, then let's worry about the numbers.
  8. Very impressive stuff from the u21s. That defense looked very good and in total control of the game. Morgan, Mallan, Souttar, I might as well name the whole team as everyone played very well. We actually look very slick, suave, and even skillful. When you look at our squad, there is a lot of experience in there and many are playing regular football too. A thoroughly deserved win from the lads. Next up England at Middlesborough (did I hear the commentator say?) hopefully get a decent group of Scots there, and here's hoping we can go there and get a positive result.
  9. We weren't great tonight, but got the job done. Thought a few were off the boil - Robertson's final ball was poor, but his positing and runs were excellent ; Forrest was poor ; Tierney did alright ; Griffiths did well in doses but a bit greedy on at least two occasions but he is a striker and glad he got a goal even if there was a bit fortune about it. Malta very rarely get humped, and they are a tough side to break down. Like a few have said, it wasn't a brilliant performance but we looked very much in control from the get go and even at 1-0 I felt confident we would still win the match. We've done well to get back in to it and its between the three of us for the second spot. Slovakia have the easiest run in out the three of us and if you said to me, Scotland would be in with a shout in the final double-header of making the playoffs (after November last year) well, that'd just be mental. I think we'll fall just short. We played the two poorest sides in the group this week and fair dues, 5-0 is a decent return over the weekend, we don't have any booking worries for Slovakia and we played excellent in one game, and decent-ish in another. We have the momentum of 3 wins and a draw out of our last four, and we will have a sold out Hampden for a huge game which if we can win would possibly barring a Slovene win at Wembley, put us in 2nd place going in to the last round of fixtures! It's not impossible to imagine it, and I am fairly looking forward to it ; but it's going to be a very tough ask, and here's hoping we can do it. Of course those dropped points - especially against Lithuania at Hampden - would have helped a lot , but we might not have beaten Slovenia, if we had beaten Lithuania at home. Looking forward to Slovakia. It'll be a tough game, and this approach of one game at a time is what we need to do. Let's see if we can beat Slovakia, and if we can - then it'll be time to dream. A month to go.
  10. One nob bangs on about 'Rangers fans not being sheep' If you had to select one group of fans as a collective/stereotype in Scotland who seem to all follow the same ethos it would be Rangers by a country mile.
  11. Malta are unlucky to be pointless, they are rarely humped too. I'll take a 1-0 now and Strachan is right not to rest players on a yellow e.g Broony.
  12. I'll be hoping for an England win - possibly the only time I can recall I have wanted that to happen - but if Slovakia win or get a well-earned draw then fair dues and well done.
  13. Yes, a very good and assured performance. It'll be worth nothing if we don't take three points on Monday though.
  14. Excellent win. The making of a good wee and young side. Lots to be encouraged by tonight - clean sheet, good link up play although a bit too slack/missed passes e.g that chance in the first half that a better side would have finished. Broony again shows why is he a valued member of the squad. Tierney was solid again, Robertson absolutely brilliant, Mulgrew had a decent game and even Berra played well. Took our foot off the gas a bit in the second half, but an excellent win. A shame we dropped pts to Lithuania at Hampden, but let's see how things look on Monday night, and we may well still be in this. The Slovak winner is a disappointing, but they are only 2pts behind England now ; so fingers crossed that will be enough of a motivation for England to beat them at Wembley ; and if we get by Malta - I'll take 1-0 now - then it sets it up quite nicely for two very exciting matches against Slovakia in Glasgow and Slovenia. If anything though, and we do miss out again ; we surely, surely! Have the makings of a decent wee side who might, fingers crossed, might, hopefully get to the 2020 Euros!
  15. Great win tonight, still not thinking about 2nd place/playoffs etc ; but if we can somehow beat Malta, 1-0 will do and England beat Slovakia, it's a point between us with the Slovaks to come to Hampden. Mon Scotland! Let's not out do all that good work tonight by failing to beat Malta on Monday ; and England - this may well be the only game I want you to win, please don't feck this up either