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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. After the successful donation in Vilnius, which is captured perfectly by the Lithuanian FA in this VIDEO, we now move onwards to the donation in Ljubljana. We’re pleased to share with everyone, that we can offer (limited) spaces for people who wish to attend the donation, of £5,000 (circa €5,500) to Drustro Bravo. The donation will take place late morning at 11.00 match day, remember it’s a 18.00 KO time locally, with everyone meeting at the donation venue, which is a central point about 5 minutes from the train station – we’ll send full details to those who’re attending. If you’d like to come along, please drop us a line with your name and number of people who’d like to be there and we’ll get back to you before the end of next week, once we’ve got a better idea on numbers. Please email us at info@tasunshineappeal.co.uk Thanks to everyone who make these occasions possible. #EverywhereWeGo #TheOriginalSince2003
  2. Date - Saturday the 27th of January 2018 Venue – Mercure Perth Hotel, in the Kinnoul Suite Time – 18.30 until 00.30 (then residents and their guests can retired to the hotel bar if the wish) Tickets to what promises to be a night to remember, are priced at £35 each * Buy your tickets on or before the 31st of October and you'll be entered into a free raffle for ‘Afternoon Tea for 2’ courtesy of the Mercure Perth Hotel ** What to expect: A traditional 3 course meal consisting of (pre-ordered alternative dietary options available): Starter – Soup, Main – Haggis, Neeps & Tatties with a dram to accompany, Sweet – Cranachan with Tea/Coffee We will have an address to the haggis and a some anecdotes from renowned local speaker 'Scott Glynn’, as well as music being provided by the 'Adin Graham Scottish Dance Band' who’ve previously been voted “Young Ceilidh Band” of the year and appeared on the BBC Hogmanay show. How to buy: PayPal using the 'Friends and Family' payment option, as this means none of the money is lost in fees! Send your £35/ticket to: info@tasunshineappeal.co.uk Accommodation Offer: For those intending to stay over, special rates have been negotiated with the hotel, inclusive of full breakfast, of £65/double or twin room or £60/single. There is also an alternative option of staying the at the Holiday Inn Express for £50/room (Double/Twin/Single) We will email these details to the address used to make the payment Any questions, please email us at the address listed above or message us on here or on our Facebook page!! #EverywhereWeGo #TheOriginalSince2003
  3. It’s taken a bit longer than we’d anticipated but we’re pleased to share with everyone, that we can offer (limited) spaces for people who wish to attend the donation, of £5,000 (circa €5,500) to Vilnius Social Club. The donation will take place early afternoon on match day, remember it’s a 21.45 KO time locally, with everyone meeting at a central point to the travel either via public transport or shared taxis to the donation venue. As well the formalities of the presentation, we’ve been given a challenge and its one we can’t refuse!!! The kids (varying ages) want to show off their footballing skills and take us on in a kick about – we’ve got an unbeaten record as we’ve won in Serbia and drew in Macedonia, so no pressure there then!! If you’d like to come along, the football bit is optional, please drop us a line with your name and number of people who’d like to be there and we’ll get back to you early next week, once we’ve got a better idea on numbers. Please email us at info@tasunshineappeal.co.uk Thanks to everyone who make these occasions possible. #EverywhereWeGo #TheOriginalSince2003
  4. 2017-18 Predictor is now open for entries! Prizes will be as follows: £10 for the manager of the month sponsored by the Church of Maradona Tartan Army. Final standings will be paid as follows, sponsored by McBookie.com: 1st - £250 2nd - £150 3rd - £100 Sign up here: https://scottish-premier.predictthefootball.com/?lang=en_us&_ga=2.261739658.663309546.1500987135-1232461171.1500987135 send your £10 entry fee via PayPal with your name and "Predictor Entry" to info@tasunshineappeal.co.uk. You will then be sent the unique code to enter the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal Predictor League or TASAPL for short.
  5. Apologies for the delay but rest assured, there will be a 2017/18 Predictor We're very please to confirm that McBookie have again kindly supported the competition. In addition to this and for the FIFTH year running, our longstanding friends from the 'Church of Maradona Tartan Army' are also continuing their support - without people like this, the Sunshine Appeal wouldn't exist We'll post details as soon as the website work has been finished
  6. ***Final Weekend Warning*** Count this as your final reminder for your predictions. We move into the final weekend with the scores unbelievably tight. 1 point separates our top two. Who will come out on top? Good Luck!!! *Please Note due to a technical issue Kevin Davidson is on 919 points due to the system not accepting his predictions in one match however his entry was received via PM well before kick off. (2 points for correct goals scored by Celtic v Ross County.)
  7. We are delighted to announce that the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal will be making a £5,000 charitable donation in Holland, to coincide with the fantastic achievement of the Women's National Team qualifying for the 2017 Euro Finals. This additional donation could only be made from the fantastic fundraising support we receive from the wider TA, particularly during the past 12 months. We are aware that potentially a few hundred Scotland fans are planning on travelling to the tournament, and we'd like to hear your travel plans and matches you intend on attending, as we would love some of the travelling support to join us at the donation. Please complete this short survey, which will help us identify the most appropriate location and recipient, which we'll share in the outcome of in due course http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/7NC1X/ #EverywhereWeGo #TheOriginalSince2003
  8. Now we know the match venue has been confirmed as Vilnius, just a wee bump back up the list, so you can see details of YOUR Lithuania donation #EverywhereWeGo #TheOriginalSince2003
  9. We've been asked about this item a few times and are very happy to confirm the socks are now on sale in our on-line shop! http://tartanarmysunshineappeal.moonfruit.com/shop/4590985127/tartan-army-sunshine-appeal---cream-or-black-embroidered-kilt-socks-(adult-size-6-11)/11154630 We've done a multi buy deal, with costs (including 2nd class postage) being 1 pair at £12.00 2 pairs at £21.00 3 pairs at £30.00 We're working very closely with the manufacturer, having all the steps in place to have these with us and therefore with you, for around the end of May and definitely before the England game! #EverywhereWeGo #TheOriginalSince2003
  10. We've been asked about this item a few times and are very happy to confirm the socks are now on sale in our on-line shop! http://tartanarmysunshineappeal.moonfruit.com/shop/4590985127/tartan-army-sunshine-appeal---cream-or-black-embroidered-kilt-socks-(adult-size-6-11)/11154630 We've done a multi buy deal, with costs (including 2nd class postage) being 1 pair at £12.00 2 pairs at £21.00 3 pairs at £30.00 We're working very closely with the manufacturer, having all the steps in place to have these with us and therefore with you, for around the end of May and definitely before the England game! #EverywhereWeGo #TheOriginalSince2003
  11. As ever, via PayPal to info@tasunshineappeal.co.uk
  12. Well done to both Marion Daly and Stuart McDougall who both finished Manager of the Month for March. With absolutely nothing separating them with 3 perfect scores each, we will run a tie breaker competition. If both winners could contact us before kick off, with their prediction of the first goal time in Wednesdays Celtic v Partick Thistle match. Closest correct time will win MotM for March.
  13. We're sorry for your loss. But delighted to receive it.
  14. Congratulations to Kevin Davidson who was our February Manager of the Month after a count back of perfect predictions! If Kevin could private message us to arrange his prize please. Good luck for March, we are getting close to the end of the season with it getting tight at the top.