|Full name||Ian Helliwell|
|Date of birth||7 November 1962|
|Place of birth||Rotherham, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|1996||→ Mansfield Town (loan)||5||(1)|
|1996||→ Chester City (loan)||9||(1)|
|1997–1998||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||8||(1)|
|2000||Ilkeston Town (caretaker)|
|2001||Ilkeston Town (joint)|
|2002||Ilkeston Town (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He played for Sheffield Wednesday and Chesterfield as a youth, before joining Matlock Town in non-League football. After four seasons, he moved to the Football League with York City, where he was top scorer for three successive seasons. He moved on to Scunthorpe United, where he was top scorer for one season, before having spells with Rotherham United, Stockport County and Burnley. He was loaned out on three occasions while at Burnley and he finished his career with Ilkeston Town.
Born in Rotherham, West Riding of Yorkshire, Helliwell attended Old Hall Comprehensive School and started his football career as a junior with Sheffield Wednesday. He had trials at Stoke City before joining the reserve team at Chesterfield in 1982, and during his time as a youth player he worked for steel producer British Steel Corporation. Helliwell moved into non-League football with Matlock Town of the Northern Premier League in 1983, where he scored 68 goals in just over four seasons before joining Third Division team York City for a £10,000 fee on 23 October 1987. He made his debut a day later in a 4–2 away defeat to Sunderland, and scored his first goal in a 1–1 home draw with Bury on 7 November 1987. He finished the 1987–88 season with 33 appearances and eight goals, while York were relegated into the Fourth Division. Helliwell finished 1988–89 as York's top scorer with 11 goals from 47 matches, and was voted as the Clubman of the Year by the club's supporters. His only hat-trick for the club came in a 7–1 home victory over Hartlepool United on 7 November 1989 in the Associate Members Cup, and he finished 1989–90 as York's top scorer for the second successive season with 19 goals, playing in all 54 matches that season. In 1990–91, he finished as top scorer for a third successive season with 10 goals from 49 appearances.
Helliwell joined York's Fourth Division rivals Scunthorpe United for an £80,000 fee on 16 August 1991, and he became the first player to miss a penalty kick in a penalty shoot-out, in an FA Cup match against Rotherham United on 26 November 1991. He played in the 1992 Fourth Division play-off final, which Scunthorpe lost on penalties to Blackpool. Helliwell scored 14 goals from 50 appearances for Scunthorpe in 1991–92. He finished as top scorer for 1992–93 with 18 goals from 52 matches, and before the start of the following season, he joined Rotherham for a £50,000 fee on 1 August 1993. He played some matches as a centre back at Rotherham, where he made 47 appearances and scored three goals in 1993–94. Having made 16 appearances and scored three goals during 1994–95, Helliwell joined Stockport County on 12 January 1995 as a replacement for Kevin Francis. He scored twice on his debut in a 4–0 home win over Hull City on 14 January 1995, and finished the season with 17 appearances and 4 goals for Stockport. Having scored 11 goals in 29 matches during 1995–96, Helliwell signed for Burnley for a £30,000 fee on 9 February 1996. He made four appearances for Burnley before the end of 1995–96.
He was loaned out to Third Division club Mansfield Town for one month on 6 September 1996, and made his debut the following day in a 0–0 away draw with Doncaster Rovers. He scored his only goal in his final match, a 1–1 away draw with Carlisle United on 5 October 1996, finishing his loan at Mansfield with five appearances. Helliwell was soon loaned out to another Third Division club, joining Chester City on 11 October 1996, making his debut a day later in a 0–0 draw away to Scarborough. His only goal came in a 2–1 home win over Exeter City on 19 October 1996, and having made nine appearances returned to Burnley in December. His only appearances of 1997–98 came after joining Third Division club Doncaster on loan on 3 November 1997, debuting the following day in a 1–1 home draw with Cardiff City. He finished the loan with nine appearances and one goal, which came on 2 December 1997 in a 2–1 home win over Chester.
Helliwell returned to playing non-League football when joining Southern League club Ilkeston Town in 1998 and featured for them in FA Cup matches against Football League teams Carlisle United and Swindon Town. Having returned to semi-professional football, he worked part-time as an electrician. Helliwell took over as caretaker manager at Ilkeston after Keith Alexander resigned in October 2000, and led the team to the first round of the FA Cup before John McGovern was appointed in November. In March 2001, Helliwell was appointed as one of a three-man management team at Ilkeston alongside former Burnley teammate Charlie Bishop and former York teammate Chris Marples. The trio guided the club to safety at the end of 2000–01; Marples was consequently hired as manager on a permanent basis in May 2001 and Helliwell returned to his playing role. After Marples left Ilkeston in March 2002, Bishop and Helliwell took caretaker charge before John McGinlay was appointed later that month. Helliwell retired from football following 2001–02, having spent four seasons with Ilkeston.
Style of play
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|York City||1987–88||Third Division||32||8||0||0||0||0||1[a]||0||33||8|
|Scunthorpe United||1991–92||Fourth Division||39||9||2||2||4||1||5[b]||2||50||14|
|Rotherham United||1993–94||Second Division||40||3||1||0||4||0||2[c]||0||47||3|
|Stockport County||1994–95||Second Division||17||4||—||—||—||17||4|
|Mansfield Town (loan)||1996–97||Third Division||5||1||—||—||—||5||1|
|Chester City (loan)||1996–97||Third Division||9||1||0||0||—||—||9||1|
|Doncaster Rovers (loan)||1997–98||Third Division||8||1||0||0||—||1[c]||0||9||1|
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