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Steve Tanner from Somerset will take charge of undefeated QPR as they host Reading.

The former Premier League official has now returned to the National List of referees after his brief foray on the Select List.

He joined the National List in 2003 before being promoted to the Select List of officials in 2007 after some useful performances in the Football League.

His two-year stay in the top flight came to an end with the news that he will once again officiate outside the top flight from the beginning of last season, and he has continued in the Championship this season.

This will be the tenth time Tanner has taken charge of QPR, and he will be assisted by demoted former referee Steve Bratt (West Midlands) and Mr Ian Cooper (Kent) - fourth official Mr John Farries (Oxfordshire)

So far this season Mr Tanner has officiated 14 games dishing out 46 yellow cards and four reds, giving him a card average 3.57 cards per game.

Refereeing Rangers

In Steve Tanner's first full season in officiating he oversaw Rangers' home draw with Oldham Athletic. Former R's midfielder Paul Murray opened the scoring from distance before Kevin Gallen equalised from the spot.

There was still time for Latics striker Chris Killen to be given his marching orders, and Rangers exacted revenge later that season by knocking Oldham out at the Playoff Semi-Final stage.

After their ultimate disappointment at spending another season in Division Two Rangers were looking a good early bet for promotion - they had a break from their league exploits however with a home cup tie against Swansea City.

The game presided over by Mr Tanner saw three R's goals and a missed penalty as Kenny Jackett's men came up short at Loftus Road. Jamie Cureton, Martin Rowlands and Kevin Gallen scored the goals to see Rangers through to a tie with Aston Villa.

Eventually however the R's were promoted and the following season they faced a Sheffield United side expectant on challenging at the top end of the table. Rangers turned the game on its head with Marc Bircham and Stefan Moore bagging the necessary goals to see off the Blades.

There was time for a consolation for Neil Warnock's men as Steve Kabba bagged a last minute goal to halve the deficit - but it wasn't enough for the below-par Blades.

The promoted duo clashed later that season as Plymouth and QPR faced off in their first Championship test. It was the hosts that struck the first blow with Paul Wotton netting a spot kick, before Matthias Doumbe and Nick Chadwick made it three.

There was a second half foray from QPR and they got a deserved goal when Shabazz Baidoo struck his first senior goal from close range - but it was a forgettable day in the South-West for Rangers with seven players booked from ten in total.

The third game of Tanner's trio that season came as Rangers hosted Crewe Alexandra, but Dario Gradi's men were far too strong for the hosts as their extra years experience in the Championship told.

Kenny Lunt and David Vaughan struck either side of half time to secure the points, with the only cheer for Rangers coming courtesy of a last minute consolation from Gareth Ainsworth.

Ian Holloway had made way with Gary Waddock given the Rangers post prior to the season - it hadn't started well for the former midfielder and this was epitomised by the display against Colchester United as the R's went down in Essex.

Chris Iwelumo and Richard Garcia scored goals inside 20 minutes to double the U's lead, and only a comical Wayne Brown own goal gave the away fans any cheer as the former QPR loanee nodded into his own net from close range under pressure from Marc Nygaard.

Later in the 2006-07 season and John Gregory had got Rangers fighting for their lives in the Championship and this was on display at promotion chasing Derby County. Iñigo Idiakez received a warm applause from the home crowd upon his return to Pride Park.

Martin Rowlands' 14th minute opener stunned the hosts who continue to press Rangers relentlessly throughout the 90 minutes. Three minutes from time Billy Davies' men got their leveller courtesy of Darren Moore and went on to achieve promotion through the playoffs.

The following season it was all change again at Loftus Road with the money-men coming into the club and Gregory swiftly departing. Italian boss Luigi De Canio was appointed as Head Coach and got his first taste of action against Hull City.

Hogan Ephraim's final game of his loan spell was capped off with an excellent strike from distance to open the scoring before Mikele Leigertwood's outstanding solo effort was expertly dispatched after a mistake from Damien Delaney.

A break from Rangers followed as Tanner embarked on a brief Premier League tenure, but he was back to see Paul Hart's QPR get trounced by Ipswich Town and in particular Jon Stead - his double and a goal from Jon Walters secured a convincing Tractor Boys win.

Mr Tanner & Queens Park Rangers

QPR 1-1 Oldham Athletic - 06-03-2004
Goals: Kevin Gallen 54pen; Paul Murray 45
Yellow Cards: Danny Boshell, Chris Killen, Les Pogliacomi, Calvin Zola
Red Cards: Chris Killen

QPR 3-0 Swansea City - 24-08-2004
Goals: Jamie Cureton 39, Martin Rowlands 77, Kevin Gallen 90
Yellow Cards: Terrell Forbes; Adrian Forbes, Garry Monk, Kristian O'Leary, Andy Robinson

QPR 2-1 Sheffield United - 13-08-2005
Goals: Marc Bircham 56, Stefan Moore 90; Steve Kabba 90
Yellow Cards: Marc Bircham; Leigh Bromby, Chris Morgan, Neil Shipperley

Plymouth 3-1 QPR - 19-11-2005
Goals: Paul Wotton 7pen, Matthias Doumbe 37, Nick Chadwick 51; Shabazz Baidoo 61
Yellow Cards: Nick Chadwick, Paul Connolly, David Norris; Gareth Ainsworth, Shabazz Baidoo, Lee Cook, Lloyd Dyer, Kevin Gallen, Simon Royce, Georges Santos.

QPR 1-2 Crewe Alexandra - 01-04-2006
Goals: Gareth Ainsworth 90; Kenny Lunt 39, David Vaughan 73
Yellow Cards: Marc Bircham, Ian Evatt

Colchester United 2-1 QPR - 16-09-2006
Goals: Chris Iwelumo 9, Richard Garcia 18; Wayne Brown 76og
Yellow Cards: Marc Bircham, Lee Cook, Mauro Milanese

Derby County 1-1 QPR - 13-03-2007
Goals: Darren Moore 87; Martin Rowlands 14
Yellow Cards: Steve Howard, Darren Moore; Gareth Ainsworth, Marcus Bignot, Lee Cook, Paul Furlong, Iñigo Idiakez

QPR 2-0 Hull City - 03-11-2007
Goals: Hogan Ephraim 26, Mikele Leigertwood 56
Yellow Cards: Chris Barker, Michael Mancienne, Damion Stewart, Rowan Vine; Damien Delaney, Michael Turner

Ipswich Town 3-0 QPR - 28-12-2009
Goals: Jon Walters 4, Jon Stead 63, 78
Yellow Cards: NONE




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Date:Friday November 5 2010
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