Steve Tanner (referee)
|Full name||Stephen J Tanner|
21 October 1970 |
|? -2002||Southern League||Referee|
|1998-2003||Football League||Assistant referee|
|2003-2007; 2009-2012||Football League||Referee|
Stephen J. Tanner (born 21 October 1970, Somerset) is an English former association football referee who operated in the Premier League and The Football League. Tanner was also a FIFA listed referee between 2008-2009.
He was a referee in the Football Conference South from 2002 to 2003.
As an assistant referee, Tanner officiated in the 2003 FA Trophy final. In the same year, he progressed to the National List of Football League referees, taking control of his first match on 9 August 2003, between Football League Third Division sides Kidderminster and Mansfield Town, the home side winning 2-1.
Tanner was promoted to the PGMO Ltd Select Group of referees at the start of the 2007-08 season. He had already refereed three Premier League games in the previous season as 'trial' matches, the first of which was the encounter between Reading and Everton at the Madejski Stadium on 23 December 2006, with the away side winning 2-0. However, the second of those appointments, Watford against Wigan Athletic, was abandoned early in the second half due to heavy rain with the score at 1-1. The match was subsequently struck from Premier League records.
On 13 May 2007, Tanner was man-in-the-middle for the Championship play-off semi-final first leg between Wolves and West Bromwich Albion at Molineux, which finished in a 3-2 away win. On 1 January 2008 he was added to the FIFA list of referees, allowing him to referee in international and continental competitions.
Following the 2011/12 football season, Tanner took up the role of Referee Development Officer at Gloucestershire FA, and subsequently retired from refereeing.
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- Middle initial: the Football League official website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
- Profile: the Football League official website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
- First ever Football League match, Kidderminster v. Mansfield, old Third Division: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
- Championship Play-off Semi-final 2nd leg, Watford v. Crystal Palace, 2006: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
- Premier League Press Release 26 July 2007: PDF file at the Premier League official website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
- First ever Premier League game, 'trial' match, Reading v. Everton, 2006: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
- "Rain ends Watford v Wigan match": report from the BBC Sport website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
- Championship Play-off Semi-final 1st leg, Wolves v. West Brom, 2007: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on 23 March 2008.
- Added to FIFA list: FIFA official website. Retrieved on 31 January 2008.
- PGMOL statement at refwrold.com