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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. I honestly believe that a change in management would be a step back, we can all agree that there are elements hurting the national team which are outside of the scope of the Manager. I am firmly of the the believe that surely Strachan and his staff have learned a few things in the past 4 years. In the last ten years ago we have had 5 including WGS different Managers, Burley came in I was enthusiastic look what happened, Levein came in I was enthusiastic - make us difficult to beat was the motto of the day, that didn't happen and Billy Stark doesn't really count and Alex McLeish didn't want the job. I don't care for the way WGS carries himself atleast to the media and he does come over as arrogant, as seen in his pre-2017 squad choices. If another manager comes in and calls up the six or so names that get mentioned, do we honestly think they will form a cohesive team from day one? No, it takes time and patience and possibly a campaign or at least a half of one but by that point things are bust beyond repair for making EURO 2020. If we had beaten Ireland, we would have made the play off's last time, if we had beaten England and/or Lithuania we would still be looking at a tough end to the campaign so it seems to me the margin of error is real narrow - We re talking about 1 or 2 games that we are shy of. if we made a change of Manager it has to be better than what we have or we are conceding that yet another campaign is down to a learning curve. My strategy is if we make the World Cup, make a change afterwards but if in that scenario and we made it, I would prefer to keep WGS than twist for the likes of Moyes who ten years ago I would have loved but now......not so much.
  2. Sad news indeed. Im not on Facebook because their T and C's do not line up with my values. Ive been in this site over a decade and visit weekly and daily during game season. First IMDB and now this, im fed up of the internet. Not sure what Pie and Bovril is, will need to check it out. Or make my own site, Facebook is killing online communities like this. Its a shame the money concerns were not communicated, I personally would commit 10 quid a month and Im sure many others would also.
  3. I bet it hard to quantify but the better nations with the best players with the more populace nations which may be below average, do away with seeding but it wont happen.
  4. I personally think the seedings in the play offs are unethical. Its like playing Street Fighter with your big brother and you always get the controller the dog chewed with the dodgy button. It should be how your team performed over the campaign to get you into the play off. If Italy were drawn with Portugal then so be it. IF we made the play offs currently those would be the only two teams I would wish to avoid.
  5. Paul Hartley at a guess
  6. Same line up, although we should have been planning for a game with Scott Brown who for some reason did not pick up a yellow for time wasting and now we will be without him for one for the last two games almost guaranteed.
  7. Do you think the players will work better or just the same with a different manager?
  8. Revisiting this thread. In terms of probability, finishing 3rd is the most likely option. Anyone changed their mind from two games ago? If so why. Do we think our team will perform the same, worse of better with a different coach? EURO 2020 stuff kicks off in another year, who in our squad is likely to retire or just not be up to the task in 12 months time? Darren Fletcher, Scott Brown, Craig Gordon, Alan McGregor any more? Do you think this will affect WGS's thinking if he has the option to stay on? If we miss out, its likely going to be <3 points, realistically is this is a large enough gap that you would not offer him another extension or do you even think is progress?
  9. An admin can delete this thread, I did not see the duplicate one at HT.
  10. I did some quick looking, EURO 96 running into France 98 qualification had us on a 7 match unbeaten run.Ended on a 2-1 loss away to Sweden. 9 1/2 months. Correction to my earlier post, we are on a 4 match unbeaten run, forgot the 1-1 draw v Canada. 17 points in 7 games. 18 June 1996 Villa Park, Birmingham (N) Switzerland 1–0 Euro 1996 Ally McCoist 34,926 [5] 31 August 1996 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (A) Austria 0–0 World Cup qualification 29,500 [5] 5 October 1996 Stadionas Daugava, Riga (A) Latvia 2–0 World Cup qualification John Collins, Darren Jackson 9,500 [5] 10 November 1996 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (H) Sweden 1–0 World Cup qualification John McGinlay 46,738 [5] 11 February 1997 Stade Louis II, Monaco (N)[note 1] Estonia 0–0 World Cup qualification 3,766 [5] 29 March 1997 Rugby Park, Kilmarnock (H) Estonia 2–0 World Cup qualification Tom Boyd, Own goal 17,996 [5] 2 April 1997 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Austria 2–0 World Cup qualification Kevin Gallacher (2) 43,295 [5] Some other stats for you, Slovenia have never beaten us........we also have never beaten Slovakia.
  11. I did not fear for the result after the 2nd goal, and could not recall a match where I felt comfortable other than v a minnow.
  12. 5 or 6 results together(currently on 3, Monday will be 4) puts on the best run of form in about 20 years I think. And if we end on that form, I think I would be happy to keep Strachan, cue the assault.
  13. Slovakia are currently sitting 2nd place in the play off picture, with only 3 points between the first top 8 2nd place teams, if we imagine we were 2nd with our same point tally it puts us still in a healthy position of not being the 9th best 2nd place team. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_(UEFA)#Second_round Here also are the rules governing tie breakers to determine who would be on top. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss) Goal difference Goals scored Points in matches between tied teams Goal difference in matches between tied teams Goals scored in matches between tied teams Away goals scored in matches between tied teams (if the tie is only between two teams in home-and-away league format) Fair play points first yellow card: minus 1 point indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points direct red card: minus 4 points yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee
  14. Actually nothing if they draw other than changes their mental state really. A flukey win for Slovakia and then I think its all over unfortunately. Our objectives are the same, in fact I am trying to work out if the only not must win game for us is against Malta. I think if we end up on the same points, we would need to have beaten Slovakia by 4 goals. Allot of lessons here for the squad and manager, even if you lose do not lose big for the heads and heads and you really need to be up for every single game, you can only afford potentially one mistake MAYBE 2.
  15. Slovenia are not a high scoring team, they have only scored 6 goals so far. Come Monday night lads we will be 1 point behind Slovakia and we play them next at home, lets be positive. We go into the home game v Slovakia. That game is the exact definition of must win. The barring fluke dropped points for them v Malta, we will go into the last game needing to win and we can do that.