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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. Agreed - thought Phillips was really good across the two games although more so against Lithuania than last night. Has terrific pace and if he could keep a shot down, he'd have had a couple of goals. Great to have a bit of pace about the team again - haven't really had that since Anya got old overnight.
  2. Eh? A friendly against Canada in front of a few thousand Scots is too big a game for a kid playing at the top of the Bundesliga? Presumably you're being sarcastic and I've just been whooshed?
  3. Harper has been scoring for fun since he went back to Spain, albeit at a fairly low level. Morgan has been fantastic for St Mirren recently and will certainly move on to bigger things. Never heard of the lad from Chelsea - anyone know anything about him?
  4. What position has Mulgrew been playing at Blackburn of late? He's a decent centre-back on his day and a player I've always liked - hits a mean dead ball too. Him and Berra in central defence, Robertson on the left and then maybe someone like Bardsley (once he's fit again) on the right until Paterson recovers. It's a struggle right enough.
  5. Agree with most of that but Harper currently struggling to get a game for the Brighton development squad so no to him at the moment. Have a feeling that move to Brighton could turn out to be a really bad decision.
  6. Mate and I were discussing last night how big an ask it would be to try either Tierney or Robertson at right back. Just go and do the same thing but on the opposite side of the pitch. Seems to be the way of the modern footballer (Charlie Mulgrew's the only obvious exception I can think of) that you can only play one position. Such a shame they're both left backs. Personally, I'd already write this campaign off as a bad job and play a batch of the youngsters (Souttar, McGinn, Burke) in every game from here on in before having a proper run at the next Euros. Think Darren Fletcher's race may well be run.
  7. That's really interesting - thanks. "e.V" sounds like an eminently sensible structure. Clubs in the UK take note.
  8. Delighted that Sbragia has gone - symptomatic of everything that is wrong in Scottish football at the moment. There's no way that our current crop of U21s should be sitting fifth in a six team group. Disappointed that he's going to be staying on in the SFA.
  9. Malta looking dangerous every time they come forward. Hating this.
  10. I think if Alan Hutton gets a start, then that's me had it with Strachan. The guy's offered nothing going forward for years and is a bombscare defensively. Not even getting a game in the Championship now. And the fact that Gordon Greer is even in the squad depresses me. Would rather they put one of the U21 boys in. Remember when I used to look forward to Scotland games. Now I'm just really worried that we'll get beat by Malta. Malta!
  11. Not as far as I know. Big season for the lad I think - needs first team action at Setubal or don't see the point in the loan. Still glad he's gone there rather than some kick-and-rush mid-Championship side in England. In other 'Scotland Players Not In Action' news, see Jack Harper hasn't been given a squad number at Brighton this season so looks like another season of their U23 league. Went to see Brighton play Colchester in a league cup game last week where Brighton rested all eleven of their first choice side - Harper not even on the bench. So much for my bold predictions of a golden generation coming through
  12. Depressing to see Ryan Gauld being linked with a move to the Championship. Much rather see young Scots lads learn their trades overseas where technique is valued over the ability to run fast and kick the ball a long way. Hope Gauld sticks with it at Sporting.
  13. Naw, still think the lowest point was the Vogts era. Endless run of soul crushing friendly disappointments against the likes of Canada while Stevie Crawford lumbered around ineffectually up front. Almost gave up on the national side altogether during that period.
  14. Don't reckon there's a chance in hell of us making it to the next World Cup - England and Slovakia looks way better than us and we're bound to make an arse of it against either Slovenia or Lithuania - so the next realistic tournament finals would be the 2020 Euros. Would like to see WGS and the SFA target them starting now - four years lead time and a favourable qualifying draw and if we can't make that then we probably ought to disband the national team and focus on curling. And while I'm on the soapbox, how come we don't have any decent central defenders any more?
  15. Spot on. Saw one passage of play in the first half when Hutton had ventured forward into the Newcastle half, gave the ball away and then as the opposition went charging up the other end, the camera just caught Hutton literally strolling back into his defensive position. I know Villa have nothing left to play for but it was pretty shocking. Playing like a guy who's been told he'll not be there next season I reckon.