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      PLEASE READ: TAMB is not closing!   10/12/2017

      Just to provide an update on the future of the Tartan Army Message Board. To be clear the board will not be closing and instead will be staying open and will hopefully go from strength to strength. Who Are We? We are a group of Scotland supporters who have varied skills and expertise, along with experience of  being involved in football and running football message boards. When we heard the TAMB faced closure, we contacted the old team with a detailed plan which involved financing and running the board. After speaking to the old team on a number of occasions they have allowed us to put our plan into action. While speaking to them and going on their experience and that of those before them, we have elected to keep our identity private, however rest assured we have the best intentions for the board and those on it. Our Plans. Our plan will involve a number of stages which we hope will not only keep the board going but help improve and rejuvenate it. Our first step will be to do a bit of a clean-up of the board. This will involve some downtime for a few hours where posting will be disabled. We plan to do this early next week, a full notice will be posted on the board then. Once that is completed we will be upgrading the current board platform, both behind the scenes and hopefully aesthetically too. There will be an ongoing process of board improvements which we hope you, the user will help us with, so you have a board you will enjoy We thank the old board team for all their hard work, dedication and their help during this handover and hope you will all help support our plans going forward.


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  1. Having thought about this a bit more, there's a logic to just having a series of wider and wider or more distant "everything/else" categories, and only positively subdividing the Tartan Army section. What I mean is something like TA -sub-divisions of TA Non TA - other football - other sport - other This helps keep the focus on Everything/Sport/Football/TA and in principle the more remote the topic is from TA the wider the range of the stuff within it (which are difficult to subdivide easily because they are so different things, from perseids to politics to pulling birds...) That means we don't get into convoluted arguments about how to subdivide AOB, which will be to different tastes and becomes remote from the core concern of TA. If breaking into further sub-categories any other way, I'd still say there's a case for every category being one in principle including the TA. So for example "Scotland" [or "Scottish interest"] would work, because "TA" would fall within "Scotland" i.e. Everything/Scottish interest/TA would work.
  2. There could be a case for putting all news, current affairs and politics and 'reacting to world events' stuff in a single place, though it could be hard to define the boundaries...
  3. Stat just seen - Celtic have never won away against a Bundesliga side (D3 L7). Meanwhile PSG already ahead in Celtic's group...
  4. I can imagine why they might wish to be anonymous in terms of their actual real-world identities, but it wouldn't do any harm to give a bit more info. for example how many people are involved? where are they based? [what team do they support?], or if that's too real-world, are they or were they members of TAMB already? and, are any of them gimps, loners or weirdos?
  5. Next Scotland Manager ?

    I think that could be argued either way. Yes we could have secured 2nd place by beating Lithuania this time, but to actually qualify we'd need to beat a higher seeded play-off opponent, no? And, ultimately progressing beyond qualification, to tournament football (remember that??)... I would prefer a manager who would be capable to upsetting the odds.
  6. Please not Alex McLeish

    I wouldn't blame him for leaving in 1986. It was almost an emergency caretaker role when he took it on and probably said it was just that, when he agreed to do it. He was still a youngish manager then, and in days when you expected to graduate to national manager later in career. So it didn't seem like closing the door. (Also he was not yet revered at his beloved Man United at that time.) However once he achieved success there it was clear that life was too cushy as a revered one there and he didn't fancy testing himself as Scotland manager in case he failed. A pity, as even a part time Fergie would probably have been better than some of the managers we had since.
  7. Next Scotland Manager ?

    David Moyes seems to be saying, if Scotland ask, I'd listen, but I'd rather manage a club. Apart from motivation, his last 3 jobs have not been great job adverts, and even at Everton, though he did some good work, I seem to remember he could rarely win against the bigger clubs. In international football you have to defy your ranking/seeding if you're going to qualify.
  8. Next Scotland Manager ?

    Stuart Baxter seems to have had a lot of clubs - what would be his main achievement(s)? Are Moyes and Lambert on irreversible downward spirals? Surely Scotland can do better than those? What about Alex Neil is he on the way back? Was Steve Clarke unlucky or is he not up to it either?
  9. History - Glorious faulre

    Yes it's a bit sad when you start with the possibly 'glorious' (or at least, respectable) failure in 1974 and it's sort of downhill from there. 1978 a mixture of inglorious failure (first 2 games) then glorious failure perhaps in the 3rd. 1982 going out on goal difference again; then 86 and 90 just a bit like routine failure, not glorious. 92 somehow seemed respectable as it was our first Euros, we were in the last 8 after all, (maybe our highest position in a tournament?) lost to 2 of the big teams (and beat the other). 96, back to going out on goal difference, and finally 98, not even going out on goal difference. Since then I'd say only 2007 could be called 'glorious' failure or maybe gallant or valiant failure would be a better phrase; 'glorious' sounds too like celebrating failure, whereas gallant or valiant implies you were fighting the good fight against the odds. Since 2007 we seem to have been underachieving (at least compared with the 70s, 80s, 90s) and the failure becoming tedious not glorious.
  10. Tory Ruth Davidson: let's do it my way to win again in London https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/tory-ruth-davidson-lets-do-it-my-way-to-win-again-in-london-a3654841.html https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/ruth-davidson-tories-have-to-make-a-distinct-appeal-to-win-back-londoners-a3654986.html
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  12. To answer my own question, Jordan Rhodes is now at Yorkshire's 4th highest placed club [unless you call Middlesbrough in Yorkshire, then it's 5th], after having once played for the county's current top club...
  13. Maybe its our fault?

    I'm afraid I can't think of anything positive right now.