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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. What's wrong with wearing flags as capes??
  2. hi Mate, i can get you a couple of tickets for england game if you want them. 

  3. I'm looking to buy two tickets for this game if anyone is able to get me a couple?! I'll buy you a bottle of whiskey (or similar token gesture)!
  4. The current one. I shit you not.
  5. This from the BBC site says it all for me. The writing's on the wall for Strachan. Problems mount for Gordon Strachan's side Since defeating the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park in November 2014, Scotland have played nine competitive matches and won only three of them - against Gibraltar, twice, and Malta. There have been defeats to Germany, Georgia and Slovakia, and damaging draws away to the Republic of Ireland and at home to Poland and Lithuania. Under Strachan, Scotland have failed to deliver a defining victory over a leading side in their group, or when it was needed most. At the critical moment, there has been a collapse of will. In Dublin, in Tbilisi and in Trvana, Scotland have performed poorly, failing to assert themselves, to play with confidence or poise. When Strachan's side defeated Ireland at Celtic Park, the display merged conviction with spirit and aplomb. The players performed, they refused to buckle under the pressure. That was thought to be a reflection of the progress the manager was making, but instead it has turned out to be the high watermark. He has not found that balance of endeavour, ability and heart when he has needed it again. That is why it is legitimate to wonder if another manager could. Scotland's results once told of Strachan having improved the team; they now tell of a side that is losing its way.
  6. Yeh 'unexpected' would be a better word to use to describe Ireland's victory over Germany. It sounds like Scotland and Ireland both underperformed against each other. Maybe the hype of the games made them tentative affairs. I think the bug bear with Scotland though, is that we put ourselves in a commanding position and then threw it away. As we often do, we did the hard part and then shot ourselves in the foot. I've seen Scotland repeat this scenario enough times to question our collective mentality. I would argue that on another day, we still would have shot ourselves in the foot! Ireland on the other hand remind me of how Scotland were in the Euro 2008 qualifiers. A decent team punching above it's weight, scoring late goals and taking the scalp of France twice. Basically riding our luck (until we slipped up in our penultimate against Georgia!).
  7. Acknowledging that a freak result in another game ultimately ended our qualification, while questioning where we went wrong in our previous games is hardly blaming someone else for not qualifying.
  8. Read the rest of my post.
  9. Wales, N.I., England and Ireland now all through to the last 16. Wales and N.I. enjoying their first ever Euros tournament and first major tournament since the 1950's. Ireland still grinding out results since screwing us with their shock win over Germany. And England drawing the minnow as usual! And us sat at home, having never made it past the group stage of a major tournament, watching how it's done. N.I. and Wales are both saying they can win the tournament! Why do you never hear this kind of confidence from us? Instead it's always caution. Ireland beating Germany in qualifying was a bitter pill to swallow, but we should have taken care of them in Dublin. Instead we showed the usual caution and didn't take our opportunity. We should have all but sealed our qualification away to Georgia, but just as in 2007, we didn't turn up. I don't believe for one minute that Ireland are better than us, or that Wales and N.I. are vastly superior teams. As I said in a previous post, I'm sick of people always saying we're pish. We're not pish, we're losers, and there is a difference. We keep falling at the same hurdles time after time with different crops of players. It's our psyche. I believe that we're so used to being put down as a nation, often passively, that we've adopted it as our own. And as a consequence, we don't REALLY want to win. I'm so convinced that our problem is psychological that I think had Scotland voted yes it would have shaken that monkey off it's back and qualified, but of course we'll never know (at least not for this tournament). I don't mean to wallow in self pity, but is this the worst position we have been in as Scotland supporters?
  10. I've been saying the same myself. Everyone was talking about how our last qualifying group would come down to our battle with Poland and Ireland. I think we showed that we're better than Ireland and held our own with Poland. We were unbeaten against both of them, yet they're both at the euros and we're not. What does that tell you? I'm sick of hearing folk always saying we're pish. We're not pish, we're losers. There's a difference!
  11. Our status as favourites would affect us and we'd end up slipping up to a minnow such as England.
  12. What's folks thoughts on how Donald Love performed? I thought he seemed a bit out of his depth from the snippets I saw on match of the day. Could be wrong though.
  13. The linesman - Italy at home euro 2008 qualifier The ref - Czech at home euro 2012 qualifier I can't elaborate on those I'm afraid as I am still speechless years later.
  14. We were unbeaten in all those games, but slipped up to Georgia!