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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. Regardless of the result of the Tory snap election on 8th June, I will be very happy with a chant to the England fans on 10th June along the lines of YOU CAN STICK YER F'IN UNION UP YER A*SE. Or something to ask them if they can take Ruth Davidson back where she belongs?? There is room for developing a chant as well dedicated to Theresa May along the lines of the David Beckham chant that we had at the last England game at Hampden. Just slightly more difficult that Theresa May doesn't rhyme as well as Posh Spice???
  2. Anyone know when the Canada tickets are likely to be sent out. I paid for ours a while ago. Just thought they would normally be sent out pronto when bought and paid for. Still feeling rather underwhelmed by the fixture but probably feel a bit differently after a couple of swallaes at the Hibs club before the game.
  3. I'll be at the rest of the games - home and away mate. Have been supporting / attending for many many years to give up as easy as that even given the last series of manager flops from Bertie Vogts onwards. I would love Scotland to qualify and a reduction in faceless idiot trolls like you trolling round trying to take the rise out of people and start arguments.
  4. Its all bollocksed and anyone that keeps a flame for possible second place needs to get a life. Humped in England I can accept - expected I guess. Humped in Slovakia like that shows WE ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO QUALIFY (although we did have a few chances). The draw against Lithuania was poor and we could have easy lost that one as well. Dont get your hopes up IMO another total flop and under a manager I thought would come good after some of the crud we have had to endure. I would love Darren Fletcher to end up taking us forward at some stage. With all his medical conditions and stuff his playing career is difficult and limited so why not use his experience to take Scotland to some great away wins and qualification. His heart is there.
  5. I have an early flight from Luton coming up. Planning to stay near the airport. Anyone know if there are any reasonably priced or cheapo hotels within walking distance of the Wizz Air terminal??
  6. You might struggle to get tickets to watch Anderlecht though. They have a system where you need to be an approved local to buy tickets. It is all to do with hooliganism - way over the top IMO. If you know someone in BXLs, ask them to buy you a ticket as you wont get one from them yourself without jumping through administrative hoops. Same story with FC Brussels although they will seldom sell out (even against Anderlecht). You would get in easy to watch Union Saint Gilleoise however (lower league) and meet the fans and the team in the bar after the game. Quite a few Scots follow Union by the way. That would be an adventure to the Brussels suburbs ;-).
  7. I have to agree with the comment that Fermer is the biggest idiot or moron on this board at the moment. He's on the wind up, insulting everyone he can. Time for a ban methinks or relegation to pie and bovril or similar where kids can be kids and small minded idiots are allowed. Go away you total prat.
  8. You can get noised up by Union Jack wearing poppy sellers telling you to pay a quid or couple of quid to their cause. Its the union (or the proven lack of distrust in) that is the problem. The union is bad for Scotland, especially right now. Westminster is shitting just shitting on Scotland and ignores its views. If you stand there with a union jack and ask me to buy your poppy, be prepared for a discussion regarding what sort of deluded nutcase you are. if you stand there with a sensible argument then I might discuss with you - but these are few and far between. I will until my death consider myself as Scottish and European but never ever British.
  9. SFA/SSC marketing and distribution is so appalling that it is almost laughable. I used to buy Scotland tops for every campaign but decided in the end that if they cant sort themselves out efficiently that I will not be funding more SFA/SSC greed whenever possible. Not had a new Scotland shirt in 6 or 7 years now. Had one every year for 20+ years before that. The bugger is that half of them dont fit me any more ;-)
  10. I was at Wembley 1999 when we humped them 1-0. My burd at the time was French and came to the game. We got to the the stairs (lots of them) at the twin towers in the Scotland section. Suddenly a group of maybe 200+ hoolies charged towards us. I told my lass to stand behind a policeman and asked him to keep her safe. He agreed so I just stood there and shouted "who are you" at the wonkers that were attacking us. I hope they sort it out more efficiently in November.
  11. Anyone based down London way of visiting London during the weekend of 14th May might be interested in attending this event - plauqe unveilling to commemorate the Walk For Wallace. This will take place at Saint Bartholomew the Great church by Smithfield market in London from 2pm on Satuday 14th May 2016. Many TA attended the original march in 2005 - a several will already be attaending this event. Theres a formal unveiling of the plaque followed an informal social function at a local pub (The Rising Sun). Full details below in this posting. All welcome, kilts welcome and feel free to pass details on to anyone you know that might be interested to come along on the day. Walk for Wallace 10 Year anniversary commemoration, 14th May 2016, Smithfield, London The Society of William Wallace (SOWW) will be unveiling a plaque to commemorate the Walk for Wallace undertaken by writer and historian the late David R. Ross (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_R._Ross) in 2005. Davie walked from Robroyston in Glasgow on the 3rd August, the day Wallace was captured, and arrived in London on the 22nd August which is the exact time Wallace arrived where his execution was to be the main attraction on the 23rd August at the St Bartholomew Fair at Smithfield Market in London. In 2005, more than 1500 Scots gathered at Westminster Hall in London and stood on the same ground Wallace would have in 1305 and then marched 6 miles through the centre of London along the route that Wallace would have been dragged along. The March arrived at St Bart’s church where David Ross made a speech and Clann a Drumma played some stirring music. St Bartholomew the Great church then hosted a funeral service (which had been denied to Wallace at the time of his execution). There were speeches by Dr Fiona Watson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiona_Watson_(historian)), Alex Salmond and David Ross spoke at the event which was very emotional with a Gaelic choir attending as well. Ronnie Brown of the Corries sang Flower of Scotland and Ted Christopher played the song he had written for the day “I’m Coming Home”. The commemoration and unveiling of a plaque commissioned by the SOWW will take place starting at 14h00 on Saturday 14th May 2016. There is an area at the church where the crowd can gather towards the back of the church and everyone will have a chance to view the plaque at the church once it is unveiled. The introduction and first speech will be made by Gary Stewart, Convenor of the Society of William Wallace a second speaker will be confirmed shortly and the unveiling of the plaque will be made by Mhairi Calvey (the actress and who played the young Murron in the film Braveheart – Mhairi attended the Walk for Wallace in 2005). Following the proceedings a piper will play the pipes and there will be an informal social function at the nearby Rising Sun public house. The Rising Sun pub (http://www.risingsunbarbican.co.uk/) is only a few metres from the rear entrance St Bartholomew the Great church and just a few metres away from Smithfield market and the Wallace plaque at the site of his murder in 1305. The function at the Rising Sun is an informal one – it is a typical London pub and will have the full menu available on the day (see the menu in the link for the pub). There is a separate dining area and the food is reasonably priced for Central London and the usual range of drinks including a choice of Real Ales (Timothy Taylor). It would be useful to have some idea of numbers attending this function in order that we can advise the landlord and ensure he can have sufficient staff on duty on the day to cope with the demand. Nearest underground transport would be Barbican tube (also St Pauls or Chancery Lane area in the general area). Farringdon railway station is also close by. The Society of William Wallace is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation dedicated to historical projects celebrating Wallace and other famous Scottish figures. Charity registration number SC045959.www.soww.scot. Twitter: @soww1297. Please feel free to share this information with any other Scottish organisations or clubs or London based clubs, organizations and individuals with Scottish interest. All welcome. Kilts welcome.
  12. Bizzarely, the going rate on EBAY for a shirt seems to be about £12 plus postage costs. A kind of roundabout route for people who wont or cant wear the SFA cheap Chinese tat to reduce their membership fee slightly. Shame it comes to that and should not have been forced upon 30,000 SSC members in the first place and should never have been described as a "free gift". If they were going to force things on you then they should at least have supplied shirts that fit. I dont know anyone in our gang whose shirt fits them!!!!
  13. Surely though to have a clearly labelled size L shirt laid flat on top of a clearly labelled size XL shirt and they are exactly the same size is a cock up...
  14. I wonder if people are having issues with their "Free Gift" from the SSC? I left my size as L on the SSC members site. Sometimes an L fits me well but sometimes I need an XL. The L did not fit me well but a friend of mine gave me his XL shirt as he did not like it. I was surprised to find that it was also a tight fit. I laid both of them flat and was surprised to find that both the L and the XL measure 22" from armpit to armpit - no great surprise really. I wonder if there are a lot of people that will never wear the shirt because it just doesn't fit them! I know there are a few. I'm going to give up and sell the shirts I have! At least it will reduce the price of the SSC membership. Strictly speaking, they should not have been advertised as a free gift as we are paying for them anyway! The SFA/SSC never stop having little cute approaches to squeeze more cash out of us. The merchandise 'gift' should have been offered as an option when renewing your membership!
  15. Sorry, it took me a while. +94772957171. Guy was brilliant. Decent vehicle as well and good prices. On time every time I used him (which was several times!). Had to ask him to stop calling me "Sir" but he got the hang of that as well.