I have had this site for a while to test some of the technology that is used on the main ibo site, but was conscious that the sheer number of pages on the main site was getting to be unmanageable. The easy answer was to strip out the non-Saints related stuff, the 2012 European Championships and the 2014 World Cup, which are not an inconsiderable number of pages in their own right. The number of pages that needed re-writing was the very thing that was putting me off doing anything about it. There was always something better to do than wade through the content and I was put off by the sheer amount of time that would be involved.
What eventually pushed me into doing something about it was that I had been talking to Spot51, one of the IBO regulars about how we would cover the 2016 European Championships. So, rather than make an already cluttered site worse, I decided to move the Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014 content over here and use a completely different look and feel.
The coverage of the 2016 European Championships is now complete and I hope that it will stand as a record of the passage of the competition, with more Saints interest than ever before.
I hope you like what you find, but expect the site to still be in a state of flux for a while, as I move the remaining 2014 World Cup stuff over from the main IBO site
(updated July 2016)
The 2016 European Championships
Once again IBO will be covering a major football extravaganza, this time UEFA's Euro 2016, which will be hosted by France from the 10th June to the 10th July.
The last time the Euro's were held four years ago, there were 16 teams spread over 8 venues in Poland and the Ukraine. This time there will be 24 teams in 10 venues. So, there are eight more teams and two more venues.
The qualifying teams are :
France (as host), Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales.
So, we will have a fair amount of Saints related interest, with players involved with six, or seven countries.
In a while Spot's preview articles will start appearing, so keep an eye on the site as it develops. I will be posting a heads up on the IBO Forum when we get to the preview stage.
The 2012 European Championships
This was IBO's first attempt at covering one of the major championships and proved very popular at the time. It has to be said that this was down to the drive and determination of one of IBO's Forum regulars, Spot51.
We were both feeling our way at the time and I am afraid that the website became a bit disorganised and dysfunctional towards the end. What we have is an interesting record of the competition four short years ago. It is interesting to read through the reports at mentions of now familiar names, and some not so familiar.
To get started just click on the ‘Euro 2012’ button underneath, or the link at the top of the page.
Anyway, go and have a wallow in nostalgia and contrast it with how the 2016 Championship unfolds this summer.
The 2014 World Cup
Because of the sheer size and complexity of these pages, they will probably be the last to be moved across. Initially there will not be a huge amount of stuff on here and I will put a link back to the original pages on the world Cup section here, as a temporary measure.
Even now, looking back, I break out into a cold sweat at the thought of having to cover several matches a day in the early stages. None of this would have been possible, if it were not for the regular members of the IBO Forum stepping up to the plate and producing match report after match report.
A huge thank you to them all.