|Date of birth||4 March 1960|
|Place of birth||Ndola, Northern Rhodesia|
|Date of death||18 November 2014(aged 54)|
|1985||→ Fulham (loan)||3||(0)|
|1985||→ Notts County (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Hesford began his career at Blackpool, where he played more than 200 games and won seven caps for the England Under-21 team. When he made his debut, against Oldham Athletic on 20 August 1977, aged 17, he became the youngest goalkeeper ever to play for Blackpool in a League game. As he ran out for the second half, he offended the Latics support by flashing them a "V" sign. In 1983, he was signed by Sheffield Wednesday, but didn't play a single game for the Owls. In 1986, he moved to Sunderland, where he played for two and a half seasons, before he moved to Hull City in December 1988, in a deal that saw Tony Norman move in the opposite direction. He was part of the Hull side that were relegated from the old Division 2 in 1991. He left the club, whereupon he signed for Maidstone United, who were also struggling at the time. He scored the winner in a 3-2 home win for Maidstone against Hereford United on a windy day in 1991, with a massive drop-kick from his own penalty area.
Career in Hong Kong
Hesford's career in Hong Kong started in July 1992 when he joined Eastern. He played for the club for 4 years before he moved to Sing Tao in 1996-97 season and later South China in 1997-98. During his time at Eastern, the club captured 5 tropies including the Hong Kong Senior Shield, FA Cup and the league championship. He was elected as the best foreign player in the league in 1992. He was also in the HKFDL Team of the Year for three seasons (1992–93, 1993–94 and 1994–95). While at Eastern, he went 827 minutes (over ten games) without conceding a goal, setting a HKFDL record before Loh Wai Chi scored for South China in a second round match.
He played for Hong Kong XI ('Hong Kong Golden Select') against England in a friendly which the visitors won 1-0.
- "Iain Hesford: 1960-2014". Hullcitytigers.com. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
- Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2.
- "Sad News". Blackpoolfc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2014.