Adam Tanner (footballer)

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Adam Tanner
Personal information
Full name Adam David Tanner
Date of birth (1973-10-25) 25 October 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Maldon, Essex, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
0000–1992 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2000 Ipswich Town 72 (7)
2000 Peterborough United 0 (0)
2000–2001 Colchester United 4 (0)
2001–2002 Canvey Island 43 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Adam David Tanner (born 25 October 1973) is an English former professional footballer.


Adam Tanner began his career with Ipswich and signed a professional contract at the start of the 1992–93 season and made his league debut on 2 January 1995 in The Premier League, scoring in a 4–2 victory against Leicester City.[1] He also scored in a 1–0 victory against Liverpool at Anfield, the first time an Ipswich side had recorded a win at Anfield in their history.[2]

On 4 February 1997, Tanner was suspended by the Football Association for three months when a drugs test uncovered traces of cocaine in his blood.[3][4] Both Ipswich manager George Burley and fellow player Simon Milton spoke as character witnesses for Tanner at the hearing.[5] That season Tanner had made 16 league appearances in The Championship and scored four goals. He returned to action after his ban for the final three league games of the season.

In November 1999, Tanner was arrested after colliding with a parked car in Witham.[6] As he failed to stop at the scene of the accident he was later arrested and a blood test showed that he was three times over the legal alcohol limit for driving. In January 2000 he admitted the offence in court. In February 2000 he was spared a prison sentence and instead ordered to do 80 hours of community service, placed on probation for 12 months, banned from driving for three years and released by Ipswich in the same month.[6]

He joined Peterborough United, but failed to make a first team appearance and was released.[7] He signed for Colchester United at the start of the 2000–01 season,[8] before exiting Layer Road on 23 January 2001 and signing for non-league Canvey Island.[9]


  1. ^ "Adam Tanner". Pride of Anglia. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Revealed! The four longest winless away runs featuring Liverpool and Tottenham". TalkSport. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Football: Tanner's drug test shows up cocaine". The Independent. 11 January 1997. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Football's drugs diary". BBC News. 10 November 1997. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cocaine player is banned". Herald Scotland. 5 February 1997. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Drink drive footballer escapes jail term". Birmingham Evening Mail. 29 February 2000. Retrieved 30 March 2016 – via Highbeam. 
  7. ^ "Whitton rules out Tanner transfer". BBC Sport. 30 July 2000. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Adam Tanner". Sky Sports. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "A few words about the lads & lasses who make up Canvey Island Football Club First XI 2000/1 Season". Canvey Island F.C. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 

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