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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. #savethetamb Like others, I would be more than happy to pay a small monthly contribution to help the running costs. Every other message board or forum I've known that's moved onto social media has collapsed due to it becoming fragmented and rival sites being set up. Just look at the mess that is the 50 different Tartan Army facebook pages, with new ones being set up all the time whenever anybody falls out with somebody. This is the original, and we should do all we can to save it.
  2. We're winning 1-0 😊😊😊
  3. Game v Brazil on live on Bein Sports 6 just now, with Arabic commentary
  4. Its the easiest thing in the world to run a VPN and hide your IP address. As long as you can print off the tickets at home or get them sent to your hotel, happy days.
  5. I would agree with the comment about it being one of the drunkest away trips for a while. There's an old square (Place de la Reina, off memory) that we hung about a lot in. A good Irish pub, a few local bars, and also has a church that (allegedly) is where the Holy Grail is. We stayed in a youth hostel about 2 mins walk away from that square. Also agreed with going to the Mestalla - we went, there was no stadium tour or anything, but you were allowed to just wander in and take a few photos in the stadium yourself. Manolo's pub is just across the road, went in for a couple of pints and he was brand new. Loved Valencia, definitely a place I would like to go back to. We finished off our trip with the high speed train to Madrid (2 hours), a tour of the Bernabeu, and then a cheap flight home from Madrid. Great fun.
  6. I was going to go along as a neutral with my wee boy (Accies fans, live within walking distance of Fir Park), but Dundee United wanted £9 booking fees for me to buy two tickets from them. I declined, so we'll watch it on the telly or go to Wishaw Juniors or something.
  7. Agree, Vilnius is superb. One of my favourite places to go to with Scotland.
  8. Phone Sky, give notice that you want to cancel (its a 28 day notice period), and as soon as you hang up the phone, log into your Sky account and there will be a 40%-50% off for a year offer to entice you to stay. If you dont accept that, they will phone you constantly during the 28 day notice period throwing offers at you begging you to stay. Brings the cost down to something much more reasonable.
  9. Alex Taylor was indeed a superb player - at Accies for only a year or two, but absolutely brilliant. Talking to people who knew him, he just didn't enjoy playing football and was more into triathlons. Football was just his job, which is probably why he eventually chucked it. Great pity.
  10. Another thing that might happen is this - my wee man is eight, has been going with me to Accies on and off for a couple of years, and has now decided that he doesn't want to go to home games anymore but wants to go to every away game. His reasoning is that home games are terrible and boring (which they usually are), but he loves the whole experience of travelling to away games wherever they happen to be - planning what trains to get, having some juice & crisps on the train (whilst daddy has some "grown up" juice), having lunch in a local pub at the away venue, and then the game is usually a better atmosphere as away fans often make more noise than home fans. He just loves the whole day out.
  11. I think that's the biggest issue. Glasgow has now become out of bounds on Hogmanay this year, which is a real shame.
  12. That's exactly what we'll be doing. Head over to Trafalgar Square, and if it seems inappropriate to be there, leave and head to a pub. The Sports Cafe on Haymarket is only a couple of mins walk from there, so that will probably be our plan B.
  13. Three of us on exactly the same route as you going home. Looking forward to that 4.30am alarm call the day after the game
  14. Ross McLaren was a promising defender, but had to give up the game as a young lad when Dougie Imrie (then at Clyde) accidentally stamped on his neck whilst they were both going in for a tackle. It was horrible watching the game get abandoned and an ambulance sitting parked on the pitch pumping his chest. He survived, but had to retire straight away. A real shame as he looked pretty decent. I think he made a comeback a few years later in the juniors, but couldnt be sure.